TROY, Mich., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Growth and retention are some of the many reasons Ziebart climbed the charts to #151 on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500® list this year and was awarded #1 in the Automotive Appearance Service category for the second straight year. Ziebart has also made the Franchise Gator Top 100 list for 2018, coming in at #33. With approximately 400 locations in 33 countries and growing, Ziebart experienced another record year for U.S. unit growth in 2017.
"I'm excited and proud of the work our team has done to earn this ranking two years in a row," said Thomas E. Wolfe, President/CEO of Ziebart International Corporation. "The excitement continues, as we begin 2018 and look forward to continued development throughout the U.S and internationally."
Entrepreneur's annual Franchise 500 ranking is comprehensive. All companies are judged by the same criteria, objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the system. They also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations, and whether the company provides financing.
Ziebart is a 59-year-old, worldwide legacy, franchised brand that offers single unit and master franchise opportunities to qualified investors. While many small businesses fail within three years, the average Ziebart store owner has been leading their local market for over 20 years. "Our heritage and history, combined with high-tech, cutting edge products and superior customer service, makes Ziebart a great investment for our franchisees," said Wolfe.
The level of U.S. interest continues, with Ziebart stores planning to open in Dallas, Texas, Huntsville, Alabama, Sandusky, Ohio, Winimac, Indiana, and Clinton Township, Michigan in early 2018.
Ziebart International Corporation is headquartered in Troy, MI, representing a global franchise network of vehicle protection and appearance services for nearly 60 years. The company was founded on rust protection in 1959 and operates approximately 400 licensed locations with 950 service centers in 33 countries. Ziebart is the world's leading name in automotive services that renew, protect, preserve, and enhance the appearance of cars and trucks. Ziebart offers a full line of appearance and protection services for both the interior and exterior of vehicles, including Professional Detailing, Window Tint, Z-Gloss® Ceramic Paint Coating, Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film, Vehicle Wraps, genuine Ziebart Rust Protection and Undercoating, Rhino-Linings® Sprayed-on Bed Liners, Truck Accessories and much more. Visit www.ziebart.com for more information.
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