Petit Auto Wash was established in 1968 when Tom Petit, Sr. and his wife Rita opened their first self-serve car wash with an in-bay automatic in Norton, Ohio. Following the initial success they opened two additional car washes in Norton & Wadsworth. Sensing the need for quality service in the local car wash industry, Tom Sr. became the local Cat Pump distributor and began providing repair services and chemicals to the car wash industry. It was a family run business with all five of the Petit children growing up working for their parents. Tom Petit Jr., was just eight years old when he began working for his father and he continued through the completion of his college education. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace technology and attaining his Airline Transport Pilot rating, Tom Jr. spent the next few years working as a corporate pilot. While spending a lot of time waiting at airport terminals, Tom dedicated himself to researching better car washing methods. In 1989, the first of his six U.S. Patents was approved, and Tom decided to devote his full attention to the car wash industry. He incorporated Petit Auto Wash and began manufacturing equipment. During the 1990’s and 2000’s, Petit Auto Wash, Inc. manufactured the Accutrac Wash Robot for use in conveyor car wash systems. This machine saw great success and was granted four U.S. Patents. These systems have washed millions of cars and many are still in service today. In 2008, after seven years of research & development, Petit Auto Wash, Inc. introduced the Accutrac 360 series wash equipment. Covered by two patents, others still pending, both the Accutrac 360-t Tunnel machine and the Accutrac 360-i In-Bay machine deliver industry leading performance. They have set the new benchmark for cleaning power while simultaneously lowering water & electric usage. While the manufacturing facility has grown to include a multimillion dollar inventory, Petit Auto Wash continues to operate their own car washes and provide service & support to other washes in Northern Ohio. Since 1968 Petit Auto Wash has been known for providing great products, reliable service and for treating customers and employees like family. In addition to his current job as President of Petit Auto Wash, Inc. Tom Jr. has also served as President of the Ohio Car Wash Association and has served on the International Car Wash Association’s Market Research Committee. Currently Tom and his brother Dennis, own and operate more than a dozen car washes in Northeast Ohio. Although the company is quite a bit larger now, Petit Auto Wash has always been a family business with family values. And that is something that we are very proud of and still highly value today.
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