CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The world’s largest car wash convention and trade show drew more than 5,600 industry professionals to Chicago this week for three days of education, networking and learning about new products and services. The Car Wash Show™ 2014, presented by the Chicago-based International Carwash Association® (ICA), saw steady traffic among the 300 exhibiting companies on the show floor.
Among the biggest highlights of this year’s show was the Keynote Address featuring Daymond John and Robert Herjavec from the ABC hit TV series Shark Tank. Two car wash professionals won a contest and presented their entrepreneurial ideas onstage to John and Herjavec during the show. Another highlight for attendees was the 100 Years of Car Washing Celebration at the House of Blues on Monday night.
“The 100 Years of Car Washing Celebration was a great way to kick off an exciting week in Chicago,” said Eric Wulf, CEO of the International Carwash Association. “We were thrilled to see so many new faces at the show this year.”
ICA is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the car wash industry throughout 2014. The first production line car wash in the world is thought to be the “Automobile Laundry” founded by Frank McCormick and J.W. Hinkle in Detroit, Mich., in 1914. Prior to this, car cleaning was largely done by hand.
During the show, ICA also inducted Leo Rousseau, the father of the first automated car wash machine, the ‘Minit Man,’ into the Car Wash Hall of Fame. In 2015, The Car Wash Show returns to Las Vegas, taking place April 23 – 25, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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About the International Carwash Association
The International Carwash Association® is the non-profit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the professional car wash industry in North America and around the globe. With 2,000 member companies representing more than 15,000 car wash locations in nearly two dozen countries, the Association is the voice of the professional car wash industry. The Association produces The Car Wash Show™, the world's largest car wash convention and trade show in North America and Europe; publishes CAR WASH magazine, the preferred source of information for the car wash business leader; administers the WaterSavers® environmental recognition program; and provides Wash Count™, a tool for car wash operators to benchmark their business results. To learn more, visit www.carwash.org.