The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) conducted its Spring Carwash Tour in the Albany market on June 1. Just shy of 60 car washers toured three new express exterior sites and gathered at The Century House in Latham to hear from New York State Commissioner John B. Howard, who spoke on the electrification initiative that will impact the industry.

The event began with a tour of Wash Boss, a 3.8-acre express site that opened in 2021 and is owned by Kim and Jim Enzien. The East Greenbush beauty broke first-year projections washing 140,000 cars. It features MacNeil/NCS equipment, DRB controls, Vacutech vacs, and Airlift doors.

Next on the tour was Knockout in Guilderland. This express defied the odds and opened after overcoming COVID supply issues and delays, zoning hurdles, DOT challenges, significant site reconstruction, and town opposition to become a true standout location. The wash features MacNeil/NCS equipment, G & G Industrial Lighting, Captive Air, PurClean/PurWater reclaim, Vacutech vacs, and DRB controls. It is also one of the longest tunnels in the Northeast coming in at 190 feet. It opened in September of 2020 and is owned by Richard and Sandra Hameroff.

The final site on the tour is the newest Capital District Hoffman Car Wash on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham. The site opened in the late fall of 2020 after the owners decided that digging two wells beat paying an impact fee to hook into the town’s water line. The site boasts unique foam wraparounds using advanced controls to produce a faster, better, and safer wash. The $6 million site features Micrologic, Vacutech vacs, Simoniz chemical, and InnovateIt equipment.

“Each wash has its own unique elements and flavor,” said NYSCWA president Walt Hartl. “That is what makes these tours so valuable and fun. And, hey, the rain held out until the last wash!”