Our History

History Videos

Learn about the History of Sonny's, Mr. Foamer, Diamond Shine and CarWash Services of the SouthEast and West.

Paul Fazio, CEO of Sonny's, The CarWash Factory

Paul shares the Company’s history from humble beginnings to global leadership. The sense of purpose and mission to be a global leader in car wash equipment and to be the best in the industry involved the acquisition of industry leading companies over the years. Each Company's history is found in the videos below.


The story of Sonny's started in 1949 with a mission to Make CarWashing Easy and to be the global industry leader.

  1. Sonny Fazio opens his first car wash in Massachusetts.

  2. Sonny Fazio “retires” and begins manufacturing car wash equipment. SONNY’S The CarWash Factory is born.

  3. Paul Fazio sells his interest in Fazio Ent., Inc. and takes over as President and CEO of SONNY’S The CarWash Factory.

  4. Sonny Fazio inducted into the International Car Wash Association Hall of Fame, the industry’s highest award.

  5. Sonny Fazio receives the Southeastern Car Wash Association’s Lifetime award.

  6. SONNY’S The CarWash Factory recognized as the world’s largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment, parts, and supplies.

  7. SONNY’S recognized as the SFMA’s 2004 Manufacturer of the year.

  8. SONNY’S launches CarWash College .

    Paul Fazio presented with the Car Wash Industry Leadership Award by the International Car Wash Association

  9. SONNY’S first appears on the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

  10. SONNY’s wins the 2015 Top Workplaces Award based solely on employee feedback surveys; an honor achieved again in 2016.

  11. SONNY’s takes on a financial partner, Sentinel Capital Partners, to accelerate the planned, strategic growth of SONNY’S to make clients successful.

  12. SONNY’s acquires their largest distributor- Carwash Services of the Southeast and Diamond Shine - a chemical manufacturer.

  13. SONNY’s acquires Mr. Foamer - a specialty equipment manufacturer and MDB Car Wash Solutions - a Parts distributor.

  14. SONNY’s partners with GenStar Capital allowing for increased growth and enhanced customer-centric relationships.

Total Car Wash Offering

Sonny's 12 solutions provide a one-stop shop for all your car wash business needs. From consulting to branding and from equipment to parts. We are here to help Make CarWashing Easy.

Sonny's CarWash Consulting

Expert guidance to help you go from breaking ground to ground-breaking performance.

Sonny's CarWash College

Comprehensive training to plan, manage, maintain and grow your car wash business.

Sonny's CarWash Equipment

Innovations in car wash from the world's largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment.

Sonny's CarWash Backroom

Integrated backroom systems designed to consistently achieve superior performance.

Sonny's CarWash Chemistry by DiamondShine

The most convenient and accurate way to deliver a clean, dry and shiny car.

Sonny's CarWash Water

Revolutionary treatment to elevate water quality and reduce waste.

Sonny's CarWash Vacuums

The industry's best-selling central vacuum with professional grade durability to maximize uptime.

Sonny's CarWash Marketing by SLAM

Marketing consultation, design and campaign management to attract, upsell and retain customers onsite and online.

Sonny's CarWash Signage by Mr. Foamer

Custom branded signage and lighting to create a value proposition and onsite experience that dominates.

Sonny's CarWash Services

Local car wash installation, service and support to build and operate your business.

Sonny's CarWash Parts

12,000 parts in stock for immediate delivery to support your business with inventory for every OEM.

Learn About Car Washing

Articles and content to help you build, buy, or grow your car wash business, along with helpful tips to improve wash quality, improve operations, get more customers, get more out of labor, and manage risk at your car wash business.

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View Sample Site Layouts

View a selection of full-serve, flex-serve, express-exterior, and Xtreme Xpress mini tunnel car wash site layouts to help you plan your next car wash project.

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