The brothers in charge of a popular Indiana car wash chain have announced plans to reorganize the company.
Bill and Mike Dahm will split Mike's Carwash into two companies later this year. Twenty-six carwashes in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Anderson and Columbus will operate under the name "Crew Carwash," while 15 carwashes in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Mishawaka and Ohio will keep the Mike's name, but get a new branded look.
"Mike's Carwash has always been recognized for our team of outstanding young men and women who serve our customers every day. The name Crew Carwash was chosen to acknowledge the key to our success, our people," said Bill Dahm, who will operate the Crew Carwash locations.
Mike's Carwash was started by the Dahms' father, Joe, in Fort Wayne in 1948 as "Mike's Minit Man." At the time, Dahm's carwash was one of just 18 automated carwashes in the United States.
"This is not a decision we've taken lightly," Bill said. "We've spent many months in discussions with each other and consultants who specialize in family business succession planning. This is a friendly reorganization that will lead to more growth for both of the new companies."
The company says the reorganization will create more opportunities for 750 employees of the company.
Existing Mike's Carwash Book tickets and coupons will be accepted at both Crew Carwash and Mike's Carwash locations.