The International Carwash Association (ICA) has announced a series of activities and celebrations of the industry’s 100th birthday in 2014.

Frank McCormick and J.W. Hinkle opened “Automobile Laundry” in Detroit, MI in 1914 as the first production-line car wash in the world. Prior to this, car cleaning was largely done individually by hand. What started as a niche business in the Motor City has become a global industry, with more than 150,000 retail car wash locations worldwide.

ICA will be leading the industry through the 2014 anniversary year in three ways:

• A special Facebook page ( has been created to share pictures, videos, stories, and comments. Car wash enthusiasts are encouraged to visit and contribute to the site as a record of the industry’s evolution.

• ICA’s official quarterly magazine will include special features and historical photography in each of its editions this year.

• The Car Wash Show will feature a special celebration party at House of Blues in Chicago.

The anniversary also provides the inspiration for a new exclusive membership opportunity for the car wash equipment manufacturer and supplier community. In honor of the 100 years of the car wash industry, the association has launched Century Club. The club is designed to provide an exclusive opportunity for vendor members to show support for the industry as it looks toward the next 100 years.

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