Peterson Private Equity invests in car wash operator WashU

The company will continue to be led by existing management, including co-founder Craig Nelson, who will work as COO and CFO.

Peterson Private Equity invested in WashU, a Chicago-area car wash operator. The company will continue to be managed by management, including co-founder Craig Nelson, who will work as COO and CFO, co-founder Steve Timmer, who will lead business development, co-founder Donald Tomich, who will lead construction and business planning, and Michael Timmer, director of wash operations.

Press Release

Peterson Private Equity has invested in WashU, a Chicago area based car wash operator.

WashU will continue to be managed by a team with decades of industry experience. Co- founder Craig Nelson will serve as COO and CFO, overseeing corporate operations and financial reporting. Craig has over 30 years of experience in the automotive service sector, including a previous role as COO of NASCAR Car Wash. Co-founder Steve Timmer will lead business development and car wash operations. Steve has previously built, operated, and acquired over 22 car wash locations. Co-founder Donald Tomich will lead constructions and business planning, and Michael Timmer, director of wash operations, will oversee day-to-day operations.

Peterson’s investment will fund the expansion of WashU into new markets and increase its penetration in existing markets to meet the growing demand for express car wash services. The expansion will include developing and acquiring new locations.

“WashU has established a reputation for providing value, convenience, and high-quality customer service,” says Nelson, co-founder of WashU. “We are thrilled to begin a partnership with Peterson Partners as we seek to scale our platform.”

“Peterson Partners exists to help great people build great businesses,” says Preston Phillips, Vice President at Peterson Partners. “We are excited to back the talented and experienced management team at WashU and participate in this next chapter of growth.”


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