By Sally Hanley, Director of Business Assistance

20151102_GPEDC_ 155-EditZimmerman Detailing and Power Wash recently invested $430,000 to expand into a brand new 7,500 square-foot facility in Goodfield, Illinois.  The company, offering detailing and power washing service for commercial vehicles, has grown steadily over the last six years since it was founded by Eureka native Alan Zimmerman – when he was only 14 years old!

Alan’s original business plan was developed with a friend when they were in the fifth grade.  He launched the company during his freshman year of high school.

“I knew I wanted to build my own shop.  It was my dream,” said Alan.  “I drew up a plan that looks like what we just built in Goodfield.”

After five years of building his customer base, Alan looked toward expansion.  With the help of Goodfield State Bank he was able to secure the funding needed for the planned facility.  For equipment expenses, the Greater Peoria EDC assisted Alan with accessing Woodford County’s revolving loan fund.

Since building the new shop, Alan has doubled his customer capacity, handling six to eight details and 15 to 20 power washes per day.  He now employs five full-time staff and around 10 part-timers.  He has a wide range of commercial clients in the trucking, agriculture and construction industries.  He also services high-end vehicles, race cars and boats.

Alan said he is working to reach a total of six or more full-time employees by the end of the year and double his equipment assets.  Within the next ten years he imagines Zimmerman Detailing could have two or three shops in the region and nearly a dozen mobile fleets.

Alan said he credits his success in part on the support he has received over the years from his community – from a friend in Eureka that offered him shop space so he could move out of his parent’s garage, to his high school teachers who understood his need to occasionally handle business matters during school hours.

“I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for them,” said Alan. “Neighbors helping neighbors is what helped us get on our feet.”

No matter the size or age of your business, your expansion matters to us and to the GP economy!  Please contact Sally Hanley for business assistance at shanley@greaterpeoriaedc.org