Market Misperceptions on the N/S Bubblizer

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Car wash owners and operators have an obligation to offer the best possible services to all of their customers. With the popularity of modern car wash systems, there is a lot that goes into delivering outstanding service. From introducing innovative car wash equipment, like the N/S Bubblizer, to new car wash solutions, like automatic waxing and buffing application, car wash operators have to precisely balance everything to satisfy each customer.

The N/S Bubblizer is a revolutionary car wash package that utilizes a bubbling arch to create a dazzling light show, while efficiently applying wax or soap to a new or existing rollover system or tunnel. It also features multicolored lights to attract customers and provide a spectacular light show. Despite the simplicity of the system, there are a couple of misperceptions in the market that we would like to address.

Misperception #1: N/S Bubblizer is an inefficient way to deliver chemical.

There are some in the marketplace who perceive the N/S Bubblizer to be an inefficient way to deliver chemical — that is categorically false. This innovative system offers your modern car wash system a new and simple way to dispense chemicals instead of using foamers. The fact is, unlike foam that has to be circulated or pushed with friction material on vehicles, the N/S Bubblizer continually applies bubbles that run over the surface of your vehicle, ensuring thorough dispensing of the washing chemical and better coverage.

The marketplace misperceptions are largely based on misinformation on how the N/S Bubblizer works and dispenses chemicals. Rather than being a complex system, it’s designed with simplicity in mind, with its core purpose being to deliver and apply soap, wax, or glass treatments more effectively with the additional package of a dazzling light and bubble show.

Misperception #2: Car wash operators have no control over chemical usage.

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The N/S Bubblizer is a great addition to an already efficient car wash system. Despite what some people may think, this new chemical application solution—just like other modern wash solutions—allows operators to determine the exact amount of chemical to use. In short, it is easy for anyone in car wash operations to calibrate chemical usage down to the milliliter. For context, N/S Corporation used to sell a large number of Bubblizers to a chemical producer, so they had a vested interest in running up chemical usage.

The N/S Bubblizer comes with adjustable discharge and adjustable bubble density, allowing precise control over chemical usage. The system also allows more coverage and uses 50% less chemicals than other car wash solutions.

Benefits of the N/S Bubblizer

Minimal Chemical Usage

Considering that the Bubblizer technology makes use of bubbles to deliver chemicals over a more extensive area than regular foamers, it’s more effective and allows you to use less chemicals. That means minimal chemical usage, as low as 5 milliliters; this is dependent on chemical concentration levels.

Lower Water Consumption

Better bubble coverage with improved chemical efficiency means less water is used per vehicle, ensuring water consumption as low as ½ gallon per vehicle. Car wash owners and operators who integrate the Bubblizer technology into their new or existing wash systems are able to significantly reduce water usage.

Easier Operation and Functionality

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  • The Bubblizer is much easier to rinse with full coverage when compared to foam applicators
  • The wax or soap delivery applicator is easier to adjust than foam curtains.
  • Fast and consistent solution discharge for a better and faster car wash.
  • It comes with mechanical valve switch for automatic system refill.
  • Easy bubble solution adjustability dependent on tunnel location (light or heavy bubble application).
  • Does not require compressed air, meaning it does not add load to the air compressor, unlike a foam curtain that will not work without compressed air.
  • The Bubblizer will not stop working if the air compressor goes down. This plays into the manual override feature of conveyors and how we focus on keeping the wash running even if you lose compressed air.
  • Dual and single air pump Bubblizer available for your car wash needs.

Easy Installation

The N/S Bubblizer can be installed on any type of car wash system you already have in place. Keep your business ahead by introducing the proven and quality car wash light show for an unforgettable experience for customers of all ages. The N/S Bubblizer requires no special requirements for installations. Dispense wax, soap ,and glass treatments with our efficient, dependable and cost-effective N/S Bubblizer, and expand your services and car wash revenue.

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At N/S Corporation, we strive to keep offering innovative and simple car wash systems and solutions that make a real difference in customer service. For more information about our themed Bubblizer applicator and other top quality car wash systems, contact us today at (877) NSWASH-1.

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N/S Corporation Supports Local Police

After driving by a car wash used by the Inglewood Police Department, N/S Corporation’s team saw that the wash system was in dire need of essential repairs. According to N/S Corporation’s President, Christopher Altschul, everyone at N/S Corporation “considered it our duty to stand behind The Inglewood Police Department.” We value the police department’s commitment to keep us safe, and the risks they take on our behalf. As concerned members of the community and professional wash system experts, we felt it was our responsibility to give back to the police force that protects our city. What They Do for Us With just 186 sworn personnel and 92 civilian support personnel, the Inglewood Police Department provides multiple resources to our community. Whenever there is a need for specially trained K9 teams, directed enforcement units, scientific services investigators, and bike teams, the Inglewood Police Department is there to help. They even assist with community affairs, along with fiscal services and recruitment. After being chartered on February 14, 1908, this department celebrated 100 years in 2008. The police force that protects and serves this community has maintained its integrity and dedication for over a century. As a beacon for South Bay, they’ve created a place where residents can live in peace by reducing crime and enhancing their quality of life. Because of everything they do for us, N/S Corporation took a moment to reflect on the impact we could have on their lives. As wash system developers, retailers, and innovators, we took our experience in wash systems and applied it where we saw it was needed most: at the police car wash. old-wash-system new-wash-system What We Did for Them crew-cleaning-in-car-wash car-wash-rubber-brushes When our crew arrived at the carwash, they noticed a number of items needed to be repaired or replaced. Many of the metal parts were extremely rusted and covered in grime, and the brushes were full of dirt and soap scum. As the service crew inspected the wash system, they repaired, cleaned, and replaced brush pelts, motors, gear reducers, pumps, pressure guns, and a number of other miscellaneous hardware. After scrubbing, washing, and installing, we’re proud to say that the car wash that police vehicles use in Inglewood is now sparkling and clean. Clamps and pumps are no longer brown with rust and stains and all the brushes are fresh and new. After our work, you can expect to see much cleaner police vehicles in Inglewood, CA. We are proud of our work on the police car wash in Inglewood. We are N/S Corporation, washing the world one vehicle at a time.

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Unique Car Washes that Help the Environment

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These days, businesses of all types are actively seeking out ways to become more environmentally friendly. Not only is poor waste and power management detrimental to the planet, but it also hurts a company’s image. In order to preserve the Earth as well as the reputation of your business, it’s important to be proactive in seeking out viable solutions.

In the large vehicle washing industry – an industry that relies on resources like water and power – this is especially true. People are going to take notice when you’re using large amounts of precious resources, especially when there are eco-friendly car wash alternatives readily available. That’s why running an environmentally friendly car wash is so important.

N/S Corporation Provides Cost-Effective Solutions

Since we were founded in 1961, N/S Corporation has been a trusted name in the transit wash sector. As industry leaders, we believe that it’s our responsibility to provide new and innovative vehicle wash systems that minimize waste and reduce overhead costs for the business owners we service. We also work hard to reduce chemical usage so that you and your customers can feel good about washing your vehicles. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can make your dream of operating an environmentally friendly car wash a reality.

1. Use Bubbles Instead of Traditional Foamers

Many of today’s successful eco-friendly washes have switched over to bubbles instead of traditional foamers, and they don’t look back. Bubbles are a superior format for delivering chemicals because they cover far more surface area. Foam needs to be circulated and pushed with a friction material, much like shaving. Bubbles naturally flow across the surface of the vehicle, coating it much more efficiently. To put it simply, bubbles spread and foams stick.

Bubbles Are More Fun

This revolutionary chemical delivery system is beautiful in its simplicity, but your goal of running an environmentally friendly car wash isn’t the only reason to switch over to bubbles – they’re also a whole lot of fun. Improve customer loyalty by providing an unforgettable experience every time. Perfect for themed vehicle washes, our unique Bubblizer delivers chemical in bubble form, while also providing a dazzling light show. Entertain your customers with multicolor displays that turn your bubbles into lava, honey, slime, and so much more.

Reduce Spending and Improve Your Bottom Line

Bubbles allow you to provide the same level of quality while using less power, water, and chemical. From a financial standpoint, switching over is a no-brainer. Besides doing your part to save the planet, running an eco-friendly car wash can be an excellent way to save some serious money. If you’re tired of paying more than you need to, give us a call and we’ll be happy to tell you all about our awesome bubble delivery systems.

2. Use Modern Equipment

While upgrading your outdated equipment may seem like a major expense, the fact is that you’re losing money every wash. It’s important to think about the long-term success of your business, and there are quite a few ways that upgrading to current industry standards can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run. Efficiency and waste reduction weren’t as critical in the past, and now it’s time to transition overt to today’s revolutionary vehicle wash systems.

car wash in actionWhy Upgrading Matters

Outdated equipment often utilizes significantly more precious resources than today’s comparable units. Today’s manufacturers are focusing more on reducing water and power usage, which is a huge leap forward for the industry, and especially for companies that are tired of overpaying for energy and water. In particular, NS Corporation is known as an industry leader, and we’re proud to offer efficient, environmentally friendly car wash equipment that you can use guilt-free for many years to come.

N/S Corporation Products for Waste Reduction

We’re known for our innovative car and transit wash systems, and we’ve been trusted by informed fleet owners and transit authorities since 1961. Our Bubblizer lets you use less chemical and improve vehicle coverage. We also offer the ECO-10 ten-brush system that uses significantly less power than comparable systems, while still providing the quality of wash that made N/S Corporation noteworthy. The ECO-10 is a green car wash machine that will provide years of outstanding service for your eco-friendly car wash.

3. Go Green in the Office

While your car wash equipment is a major factor as far as wasted resources, there are others to consider too. You should also take a close look at your office operations. For example, whenever possible, try to go paperless. Use post-consumer waste (PCW) paper products and packaging whenever a paperless option isn’t available. Switch over to biodegradable products, and transition over to a more environmentally friendly lighting option such as LEDs or CFLS.

If you’re truly committed to running an environmentally friendly car wash, you may want to go a step further and look into alternative energy sources. While going off the grid with solar power is one of the best ways to reduce power consumption, it’s not always a feasible option. In some parts of the country, you can sign up to purchase “green power” from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and plant matter.

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4. Educate Your Team And Customers

You can extend your environmental reach by educating the people who frequent your business. You have a platform, and providing some basic information on going green helps to save the planet. It’s also a great marketing strategy. People want to support companies that are doing their part, so spreading awareness really is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Your website and social media are excellent platforms for sharing information, and you could also give out free pamphlets at your brick-and-mortar locations.

5. Be Aware of Your Company’s Effect on the Planet

One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply be conscientious. If you genuinely want to turn into a more environmentally friendly car wash, it will happen naturally over time. Pay attention to your daily operations, always be looking for new ways to improve efficiency. Just by approaching your business with this mindset, you’ll start to notice new ways to improve how things run.

For example, you could experiment with using less water or less chemical – or both. Or, you could replace your blowers with a system that uses less HP. If you’re able to get the same results, why not save some money while saving the planet? There are always going to be new, emerging technologies to help you go green, so try to stay aware of your options, and implement new strategies whenever you can.

6. Recycle

Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your eco-friendly car wash more sustainable. Naturally, the first thought that comes to mind is throwing cans and bottles in the proper receptacle, but there are outside-the-box solutions out there too, including products and systems that allow you to reuse water instead of letting it go to waste after just one wash.

Little details may seem inconsequential, but adopting positive habits will really make a difference over time. For example, you could save shipping boxes and reuse them instead of buying new boxes. You could repurpose used furniture or office supplies instead of buying new products. Whenever you’re about to throw something away, ask yourself if it could be used again. You may end up surprised by how often you can. Instead of just using it again that one time, make it a company policy. Try to keep that forward momentum going and the change will happen organically.

7. Use Safer Chemicals

While it may not be possible to stop using chemical solutions entirely, you can choose to use safer, biodegradable options. Many soap solutions contain potassium, phosphates, sodium, and other toxins that are detrimental to the creatures that live in rivers, lakes, and streams. These days, you have plenty of options, and if you’re still relying on outdated chemicals, it may be time to look into a more progressive option. Additionally, washing vehicles on gravel or grass is ideal because they filter the tainted water before it enters a storm drain or the ground.

8. Stick with N/S Corporation

If you’ve noticed your business’ utility bills increasing, now is the time to upgrade your car wash system. Since 1961, N/S Corporation has been a trusted name in the transit and car wash industries, and our role as leaders continues to this day. We’re proud to offer realistic solutions that help you to save quite a bit of money while doing your part to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. We also offer the best customer support in the industry, so proceed with absolute confidence.

Contact Us Today

We encourage you to contact our dedicated customer service team to learn more about how our products can improve your bottom line while reducing waste. Call (877) NSWASH1 (679-2741), and we’ll be happy to assist you on your journey to transforming your business into a more environmentally friendly car wash. N/S Corporation is revolutionizing the industry, and we invite you to join us for the ride. Get in touch today, and take your company to the next level.

 

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NS Corporation Announces New Online Store Launch

Aug 19, 2016, 08:00 PT from NS Corporation.

Inglewood, California, Aug. 18, 2016 /– NS Corporation (aka NS Wash Systems), which manufactures and installs truck, bus, train and car washes as well as auxiliary equipment, announced today the launch of its new e-commerce parts store. The newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information on the most widely purchased parts.

The new E-Catalogue means that customers can now benefit from content that is easier to navigate and share with others, assisting in parts identification and the ordering process. The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the parts customers request the most. The new website goes live today, August 17, 2016 and is located at the address: http://www.nswash.com/shop.

“We are excited about the launch of our new online store and the robust information it provides for customers, investors and partners to better understand NS corporation’s industry offerings” said Ryan Lee, NS Corporation’s parts department manager. “We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence.”

“Our catalogue allows customers to more quickly identify the exact replacement part or equipment they need,” added Mr. Lee.

NS Corporation’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of product launches, and other pertinent information. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and send suggestions to the Company at http://www.nswash.com/contact-us.

About NS Corporation.
NS was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1967 as N/S Car Wash Enterprises, Inc. This was followed in the late 1970s by an expansion of the transit wash systems department to better respond to the needs of transit operators. It changed the name in 1980 to N/S Corporation to reflect the company’s new diversified wash systems. Today, they build all of their eco-friendly and durable high-quality equipment in a manufacturing facility that is more than 60,000 square feet in Inglewood, California.

Contact:
NS Parts Department
Ryan Lee, Manager
Phone: (310) 330-1231
Email: ryanl@nswash.com

SOURCE: NS Corporation.

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ICA 2016

This year, N/S Corporation attended the International Carwash Association show in Nashville, Tennessee. With several new models to introduce and many of the best wash systems to showcase, N/S Corporation was one of the most popular booths at the show

We successfully introduced the new Accumix chemical board, which is a revolutionary new way to inject soap into wash systems.

The new Mega Bubblizer was also an exciting addition. With more coverage, 50% less chemicals, low water use, adjustable discharge, and adjustable bubble density, this wash system add-on is more efficient and effective.

The new Vortex Spinner Arch—a perfect companion to the Mega Bubblizer—features a multicolor LED light show, a single 20-horsepower pump, and powerful zero degree nozzles.

We also introduced the Excalibur, the best conveyer on the market. The Excalibur Conveyor system comes in electric and hydraulic models, and features stainless steel hardware, high density chain guides, rollers for controlled car movement, and much more.

In addition to all of our new wash system products, we also showcased several of our top sellers:

  • The above ground clarifier allows wash systems to recycle water for eco-friendly practices.
  • The X3 Flooder Arch, a galvanized pipe arch on aluminum stands.
  • The Eco Series automatic arches, environmentally responsible wash systems.

N/S Corporation had a blast in Nashville, enjoying authentic BBQ and showcasing the best wash systems on the market. We’re excited to join the next ICA show in Las Vegas in 2017.

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Mega Bubblizer & Vortex Spinner Arch

When bubble washes were introduced to the industry, they were a drastic turning point for vehicle wash systems. Bubbles cleaned vehicles more efficiently than foam or water because they spread more easily across a vehicle’s surface. With N/S Corporation’s innovative take on implementing unique ideas into effective new wash systems, the Mega Bubblizer & Vortex Arch were the next logical steps in our mission to create the best wash systems available.

The Mega Bubblizer is an incredibly enjoyable addition to an already efficient wash. The N/S Corporation system has many additional features for a better wash, including:

  • More coverage.
  • 50% less chemicals.
  • As low as one gallon of water per vehicle.
  • Adjustable discharge.
  • Adjustable bubble density.

The Mega Bubblizer also improves the efficiency of soap and can be used to do more than wash a vehicle. With this system, applying any treatment, including glass, soap, and glass treatments, is very easy.

The Mega Bubblizer pairs exceedingly well with the new Vortex Spinner Arch. The innovative arch includes:

  • Multicolor LED light bars.
  • A single 20-horsepower pump with high volume and high impact.
  • Zero degree high impact nozzles.
  • 120 gallons per minute at 150 psi.

The Vortex Spinner Arch is ideal for businesses that want to created a themed wash with a light show.  In addition, as car wash owners, we at N/S also believe in using high pressure early in the wash process, to blast off surface adherents.  The Vortex arch not only accomplishes this, but it also creates a bit of a show as a car enters the wash..

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Eco-Friendly Aspects of N/S Corporation Systems

As our culture becomes more environmentally conscious, one particular industry that faces constant criticism is vehicle washing. The amount of water used to keep vehicles sparkling clean can draw attention in drought-stricken areas. Soaps and chemicals used during the cleaning process also can be an issue as runoff from facilities draws notice about sewer and water table contamination. If you’re wondering how to reduce water waste among other environmental concerns, the engineers at N/S Corporation have innovated new systems that are not just durable and efficient but provide minimal environmental impact as well.

Pumps that Use Less Water and Electricity

At N/S Corporation, our wash systems lessen the environmental impact by cutting down on water and excess chemical usage, along with consuming less electricity. N/S Corporation owner Chris Altschul elaborates on how to reduce water waste with more efficient pumps:

“Our claims of using lower horsepower motors and pumps along with much less water hold true. I have not been able to benchmark our system side-by-side with competitors. I’ve offered significant incentives to do so, but no end user has taken us up on the offer.”

Vehicle wash operators are encouraged to measure power consumption, water intensity, chemical consumption, and annual maintenance of their current systems and compare them to the N/S Corporation’s metrics. By having eco-friendly car wash equipment that runs on lower output motors and pumps, our operations not only use less water but also put less of a strain on electrical grids to decrease utility costs and minimize its impact on large dam-reservoir systems as well.

From Foam to Bubbles

Aside from using less electricity and water, N/S Corporation systems employ patented soaping technologies that have been revolutionizing the vehicle wash industry. Historically, wash facilities relied on foam systems to clean vehicles. However, modern trends are seeing operations addressing how to reduce water waste. Many business leaders in the industry are switching over to bubble systems, which is a staple of facilities using N/S Corporation’s eco-friendly car wash equipment. These bubbles spread chemicals over the surface of the car more efficiently and also rinse off more easily. Water usage can also drop by up to 30 percent. This will effectively produce less water that either evaporates or runs into the environment. Lessening the need for fresh water in water-constrained areas is a huge positive.

Work Beyond your System

Are you wondering how you can reduce water waste and help the environment? Not only can you use patented N/S Corporation equipment in your vehicle wash operation, but you can also encourage others to investigate the facilities they frequent before using them. You’d be surprised at some of the harmful practices that many wash operations employ. Chris Altschul  adds:

“What is bizarre is that three years ago, atransit agency overhauled three locations where they wash buses with high-pressure wash systems. Very little friction and tons of wasted water…while the citizens  are browning out their  lawns and timing their showers, some transit agencies and the farm lobby are consistently wasting millions of gallons of water.”

Altschul also suggests that operators and consumers alike should get involved in writing to leaders to voice their opinion. N/S has written to Governor Brown on multiple occasions, to help with California’s vehicle wash practices and to address how to reduce water waste. Being aware of washing habits and using smarter, environmentally friendly car wash products, like those offered by N/S Corporation, is the only way to change the public’s perception of the vehicle wash industry.

 

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An Overview of Coney Island’s Train Wash

Every kind of transit vehicle requires regular washing, including trains. Not only does regular cleaning improve a train’s look, but it is an important part of protecting a transit authority’s substantial investment. Train wash systems vary greatly in terms of price, size, and other factors. How they are cleaned also depends on how it is energized. In fact, no two systems are completely the same. Being familiar with different features is important when designing a wash system for your train, so that N/S Corporation can design the perfect system to meet your train washing needs. One great example is our Coney Island train wash, which can serve as an inspiration for your design.

What Makes the Coney Island Train Wash Stand Out?

One of the best ways to measure the size of a train wash is by its length. This is where the Coney Island train wash system really stands out above the competition. While there isn’t a standard to train wash systems, many designed by competitors have 10 or so touches—which are the large brushes that clean the train. As one of the longest systems in the country, the Coney Island system has a remarkable 50 touches. Basic systems have a minimum of three touches, but the Coney Island version includes advanced touches such as eaves brushes, vertical side brushes, slanted side brushes, and mitter curtain drag mops. All of these features combine to leave trains as clean as possible.

Some other ways the Coney Island system stands out is the use of aerospace grade structural aluminum while being completely modular, letting it handle a variety of train styles. It is also engineered to serve both light or heavy rail. For being able to handle so many different trains it is a surprisingly low cost of operation, making it ideal for the high volume of trains it washes annually.

Features for Your N/S Corporation Train Wash System

coney island train washWhen it comes to keeping trains clean, N/S Corporation is a leading provider of parts and systems. Our experience allows for designs that include a number of optional parts such as cyclonic filters, reverse osmosis systems, water reclamation systems, and more for fully tested custom design systems. AirWipers, the most efficient blowers on the market, are another very popular offering. Because train washes like the Coney Island train wash system allow a train on the track to process through the wash at a controlled and steady speed, you can be assured the train will safely be taken care of without the need to put a locomotive out of extended service. Unlike the car wash industry, train washing is relatively new. However, since there isn’t a standard system, it gives N/S Corporation the freedom to design a custom operation to best suit your needs, whether you have small commercial trains or longer passenger vehicles that make up your fleet.

Consult with N/S for a Custom Solution

There are many benefits to washing train cars: cleaning them adds to the duration of the car’s lifespan. A clean car also enhances customer experience, making it easier for employees to effectively do their jobs. Because of this, it is vitally important to keep your vehicles in pristine order. Even among the same clients, we have developed vastly different systems depending on their needs and location. Does your system need a slanted or vertical side brush? Maybe a brush that wraps around the front? Different configurations are available depending on how the train is built, and at N/S Corporation we can mount any friction apparatuses on the frames of your system.

Finally, something often overlooked with train washes is their opportunity to be environmentally-friendly. Just like with other kinds of transit wash systems, train systems can utilize features including a water reclamation system and a low environmental footprint to be more eco-friendly in both the manufacturing and service. This allows for your wash to serve not only its customers, but conserve water, no matter if the wash is as sizable as the Coney Island train wash or smaller. At N/S Corporation we have a number of patented eco-friendly systems to serve your needs.

Visit N/S Corporation and let us custom design a system for you.

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N/S Wash Proudly Sponsors West LA Little League

n/s wash little league sponsorshipThe West Los Angeles Little League, located at the iconic Bad News Bears Fields (which was the site of the 1976 film The Bad News Bears), kicked off its 65th season last month with a ceremonial first pitch thrown by none other than Chris Paul, the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul, a nine-time NBA all-star and a father of two, has a 13-year-old son who plays in the league.

Such a star-studded moment is perfectly appropriate for the likes of Opening Day, which is perhaps the most exciting day of the entire season over at West Los Angeles Little League (besides the playoffs, of course!). After an entire fall and winter away from the fields, eager parents and children returned to embrace America’s favorite pastime with a morning chock-full of fun, and N/S Wash was proud to be a part of the action by way of its support for the league.

The Morning

Opening Day began bright and early at 8AM with a hearty pancake breakfast for all of the hungry families looking to celebrate the start of another fantastic season of baseball. As the parents chatted with one another and enjoyed the crisp February morning, all of the young baseball players and their brothers and sisters were free to play on an array of bounce houses and obstacle courses that turned the fields into what almost felt like a mini carnival. The morning also saw the introduction of brand new West Los Angeles Little League merchandise to celebrate the occasion.

Chris Paul little leagueBy the time 10AM rolled around, it was time to let the official Opening Day ceremonies begin. As is tradition, the West Los Angeles Little League recognized last year’s 2015 all-stars and had a parade where every one of the league’s teams and age groups, T-ball through Majors, got to present themselves to all of their proud parents.

Chris Paul Throws the Opening Pitch

n/s wash sponsorshipBut as thrilled as these parents were to see their children in their new team uniforms for the very first time, it was hard to not feel the excitement in the air that was emanating from parents and children alike as basketball superstar Chris Paul stepped up to the pitcher’s mound to deliver 2016’s highly anticipated opening pitch. After saying a few encouraging words to the crowd, Paul delivered a confident pitch that landed right in the catcher’s mitt. The crowd went absolutely wild. Who knew Paul could throw so well? Maybe he learned from playing games of catch with his son, or maybe basketball skills translate into baseball skills better than we might expect (NBA legend Michael Jordan played both sports, after all). What a way to kick off the first day of the season!

N/S Wash is proud to support places like the West Los Angeles Little League, whose positive atmosphere and commitment to the community make Los Angeles a better place.

 

Every Day is Training Day for Car Wash Owners

Training – Many Available Resources

Training – Many Available Resources

Every Day is Training Day for Car Wash Owners

By Sydney Sullivan Knott

 

So you want to get into the car wash business? Looks easy, right? Just send dirty cars through the tunnel and they come out clean. Customers drive away happy and you make money, lots of money. Right? Sometimes.

There are many factors that contribute to a successful car wash operation. According to Thomas Ennis, owner of Inglewood, CA-based NS Wash

Systems, it starts with understanding the ins and outs of the business, deciding what type of wash, finding the best location, conducting market research and studying traffic patterns, looking at the pros and cons of buying an existing wash versus new construction, and evaluating equipment options.

“Some owners make decisions the hard way, through trial and error, while others take advantage of the myriad resources that are available,” says Ennis, who was inducted into the International Carwash Association (ICA) Hall of Fame in 2015. Over the years, Ennis has seen the value in participating in trade shows, from connecting with customers to staying current on marketing trends, legal, and environmental concerns. Ennis has been a member of ICA for 52 years, attending his first show in 1963 — and he hasn’t missed one yet, including exhibiting every year since 1967.

I WANT TO BUY A CAR WASH

If you are new to the car wash industry, a good place to start is regional and national trade associations. The ICA website has an entire section devoted to new investors, www.carwash.org/for-operators/invest. In addition, the ICA conducts an annual new investor seminar in conjunction with The Car Wash Show, scheduled this year for Nashville in May.

According to Megan Clark, ICA director of membership, “Our goal with the seminar is to answer any question a new investor would have about getting into the industry, including type of wash to build/purchase, how to get financing, insurance, technology, human resources needs, and more.”

Brad Sorenson, director of training for Sonny’s CarWashCollege, reports that the last three years has seen an increase in new owners entering the car wash business. Banks are willing to lend money and more and more owners are building multiple sites, creating regional chains. At Sonny’s CarWash College in Fort Lauderdale, FL, quarterly new investor seminars are packed and training classes are sold out months in advance.

Paul Fazio teaches a class at Sonny’s CarWash College
Regional and state car wash associations are excellent resources, as well, especially for networking and learning about codes, permits, and environmental issues. For a complete listing, visit www.sonnysdirect.com or consult the annual Auto Laundry News Buyers Guide.

Do Your Homework

Sorenson says that buying a car wash is like buying any other business, and it starts with due diligence. “Conduct market research and study traffic patterns. Location will be the single most determining factor in your success. Even one block can make or break your business,” he explains.

INDUSTRY NEWCOMERS WELCOME

Ten years ago, industry newcomer, Patricia Knott, met Thomas Ennis at a business mixer and, while car wash ownership was not something she had thought about, ever, the idea of owning her own business, revitalizing undervalued commercial real estate properties, creating a fun, family-friendly experience, and supporting the environment had crossed her mind.

Today she is the owner of the Green Forest chain of express car washes in Southern California, with locations in Hawthorne, South Los Angeles, and Bell Gardens, and opening this year in Baldwin Hills and San Pedro. She is putting to good use her background in accounting, corporate finance, and real estate evaluations.

“This industry really rolls out the red carpet to newcomers,” Knott says. “Everyone has been very nice and helpful.”

Every Day is Training Day for Car Wash Owners

Some existing owners believe in on-the-job-training, while others take classes and find information via trade shows, and industry magazines. Whichever way you prefer, experts agree that savvy owners and operators are always learning. “This business teaches you something new, every day,” Ennis notes.

Exhibitors on the tradeshow floor.

For owners, operators, and employees, trade shows are a great way to meet industry leaders, network with others, and see first-hand innovations in equipment and chemicals. For example, Sorenson notes that operators in the Northeast have been slow to embrace current trends such as automatic pay stations and free vacuums. Those that have are “tearing it up,” he says.

On the ICA website, www.car wash.org, there is a section dedicated to operators and provides industry resources, information about the association, upcoming events, and The Car Wash Show in Nashville, May 9-11.

Ennis, who started washing cars at 12 and purchased his first car wash on a handshake when he was only 20, recommends that anyone interested in owning or investing in a car wash should meet local operators, observe their operations, and ask lots of questions. Seeing a car wash operation up close will teach you a great deal about this business.

BACK TO SCHOOL

As an industry newcomer, Knott attended trade shows looking for resources and found Sonny’s CarWash College. She and her senior technician have taken their repair and maintenance classes, and she sent her manager to the management class. Knott, who is based in Southern California, wishes the college were closer. “I would send people to Sonny’s non-stop,” she says.

“I highly recommend the CarWash College for all newcomers, existing operators, and employees. The hands-on labs really help operations run more smoothly when you get back home.”

While the classroom time and instruction were great, Knott felt the added value was spending a week exchanging information and sharing ideas with others in the industry.

Sonny’s CarWash College offers group training and labs in Sonny’s CarWash Factory. Sorenson said the repair classes are capped at 15 participants and other classes can accommodate 24 studen

Hands-on training provides the best results.
Four management classes are held per year, and eight repair and maintenance classes. Classes span an entire week. For more information about the college, visit www.sonnysdirect.com. One-day investor seminars are offered quarterly.

“We train on Sonny’s equipment, right here in our factory,” explains Sorenson. “It’s easy to transfer the information to another manufacturer’s equipment. We also have maintenance videos on each piece of equipment, which can be found on our website.”

Sorenson says there are no plans for webinars or virtual training sessions, preferring the hands-on approach. He says they are looking at taking the show on the road and may be offering three-day mini courses throughout the country at local car wash locations. He notes they are looking at adding new classes covering multi-site management and marketing, safety, and insurance issues.

Stay in Touch with Your Equipment Manufacturer

While Sonny’s CarWash College covers the basics of repairs and maintenance and is familiar with most manufacturers and their products, Knott recommends having good relationships with your equipment manufacturer and chemical supplier.

Ennis agrees. “We stay in touch with our customers and we want to hear from them. Many problems can be diagnosed and solved over the phone, often saving thousands of dollars in repairs or equipment replacement. Just as important, we want to hear about anything that is frustrating our customers or a reoccurring problem. If we don’t know there’s a problem, we can’t fix it.”

INVEST IN WORKFORCE TRAINING

It’s no secret that car washes tend to have a high labor turnover rate. Interestingly, Sorenson says there is more turnover in full service locations than in express washes. Many employees are part-time, high school students; some work during summer vacations. Hiring, training, and retaining employees are expensive parts of the car wash business and crucial to overall success.

“Employees are expected to operate the equipment, conduct routine maintenance, be personable and outgoing with customers, and understand day-to-day operations, “ says Knott. “It’s a challenge to make sure that all employees know how to operate the car wash.

“We invest in training our managers and introducing them to all aspects of the business. They, in turn, help train our part-time, seasonal workforce, and new employees,” Knott adds.

Knott takes employees to trade shows, whenever possible, so they can better understand the industry and meet the players.

When you invest in your employees, invest in their education, you will get a return on your investment,” adds Sorenson. “One of the biggest comments we hear from owners is that employees who attend our CarWash College return home excited and confident, fired up and ready to get back to work.”

Sorenson recommends investing in your employees, not only by sending them to classes and trade shows, but also by making them responsible and accountable for the successful operations of the car wash.

“We have a customer who has put the attendants in charge of a piece of equipment and it has been a win-win for the business. Anytime the student becomes the teacher, you build their confidence and loyalty and give them a sense of ownership. It’s an investment that will pay off, big time,” Sorenson notes.

Whether you attend the “school of hard knocks,” trade shows, or a car wash college, learning the business from the inside out and staying current is the best training for newcomers, owners, and employees.

Sydney Sullivan Knott is the president of The PR Group, a full-service communications firm based in Las Vegas.