Jan 1, 2010

Jan 1 - Car Wash - Sherman Industries

Sherman Industries Car Wash Patent
Patent Date: January 1, 1991
Invented By: Sherman Larson
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This patent was granted to our son-in-law's grandfather ... so we thought it was only fitting to start the year out with information about Sherman Larson and Sherman Industries and the inventions of the automatic car washing system.

In the late 60's and early 70's, Hanna Car Wash and Sherman Supersonic had both been experimenting with the exterior-only wash concept as a viable alternative to the high labor, full-service car wash. With the exterior concept there were no employees vacuuming or detailing at the exit end, and not only was the operator able to eliminate many employee’s, but also increase the volume of cars that could be washed on any given day. This concept was then presented to the oil companies as a method to increase their gasoline sales.

By giving away a free carwash with a minimum eight-gallon purchase, the oil companies launched the first major exterior wash concept on a national scale. 

Hanna and Sherman, along with the oil companies became the major pioneers of a totally new approach to washing vehicles. In early 1969, this revolutionary marketing approach was launched nationwide, and the rest is history.  

If it were not for wrap-around brushes, the exterior concept would never have succeeded. The story of the invention goes something like this: Both Dan Hanna and Sherman Larson invented and applied for a patent on the wrap around brush at the same time, but neither knew who had applied first. In order to make sure that they both could use the concept, they cross-licensed each other.

Thanks for looking ~JandŸ
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6 comments:

John said...

It's actually a good business. Most of them uses that machine and I believe it's effective.

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Billy said...

It's good to know about this history. A car wash business is indeed great. There are many car owners who don't have time to clean their own cars and opt to better take their cars to the car wash shops. In my part, I's the one who always clean my newly bought used lincoln mkxcar.

George Schneider said...

I agree. Car wash business is actually a good business which rewarding and profitable all at the same time. I previously had a car which I always cleaned by myself. By the way, I bought a car from advantage toyota, and it looks pretty cool. I will surely be the one to wash it to save money and to ensure its integrity, no scratches and damages at all.

MarkRupperts said...

I brought my Audi car which I bought from an audi dealer last weekend to a car wash station in our area. I had the chance to talk to the owner. He said the the business is indeed very helpful because of the high demands from the motorists.

Riley Brent said...

Some stations in Toyota Westbury have their own car wash services. I can really say that this is one of the most lucrative services being offered by many car companies today.

kyaminy06 said...

So nice with them cars.
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