Car Wash - Spring 2016 - (Page 67)

I N T E R N AT I O N A L P R O F I L E From mechanics to innovators MIX OF DUTCH AND U.S. IDEAS HELP BROTHERS GROW BUSINESS BY LINDSEY QUICK BROTHERS LEX AND Rene Peters began their ANAC careers as mechanics, but they knew their future would take them farther than the grease and tools of the workshop. And it did - all the way to the owners' office. Founded in 1940 as a family business in the Netherlands, ANAC Group originally specialized in seeds and flour, but as the road in front of the store began to see more and more traffic, the original owners added a gas station in 1965. A few years later, the business added a workshop - where the Peters brothers worked - along with three self-serve car wash bays. The brothers took over the business in 1985, and in 1992 built a new gas station and their first tunnel car wash. Today, the ANAC Group includes 13 wash locations - 10 of which are located in the Netherlands and three in Belgium - and three locations also include a gas station. Along with the car washes and gas stations, ANAC also includes a go-kart track and a self-storage business. "The [original] car wash was Germanmade, constructed from steel with machines that were powered by electricity and nylon brushes," Lex said. The two weren't happy with the constant maintenance of the machines and brushes, and they decided to build a new car wash based on what they were seeing in America. "This car wash was built from stainless steel, with Rene and Lex Peters started out as mechanics at ANAC Group and now own the Netherlands-based company. SPRING 2016 | CAR WASH MAGAZINE | WWW.CARWASH.ORG 67 http://WWW.CARWASH.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2016

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
Keeping it Clean
When in drought
Reducing your environmental footprint
Continental divide
Will sympathetic pricing draw customers?
Women in Car Wash
Make money, work with friends
Should the customer have a say in employee pay?
International Profile
Women in Car Wash
Hear and be heard
OSHA update
ICA Annual Report
Creating exceptional managers
When professional contacts get personal
Ten tips for transforming your teams
Becoming an employer of choice
Show me the money
ICA launches new series of events for car wash professionals
CAR WASH Magazine wins award
Take a Tour
Wash Ideas
Focus on a Member
Blast from the Past
Marketing Minute
Download It!
Ask Champ
Top Tweets
Safety Tip
Mea Culpa
Advertiser Index
5 Things

Car Wash - Spring 2016