A Cantonese becomes an entrepreneur and launches Pristine Steam Wash
CANTON — It wasn’t that Aaron Dukes liked detailing the cars so much, but he liked the end result.
For Dukes, having a clean, well-maintained vehicle was worth it. He thought others might feel the same.
So Dukes did his research. He determined that steam cleaning was an excellent process for cleaning car interiors. He also learned that the service was not offered in the Canton area, which allowed him to offer a different option from other auto retailers. And he discovered that it could be a mobile service.
Dukes started the business nearly five years ago while working for a local bank. After a few months working two jobs, he left banking to run his own business, Impeccable steam wash.
“Entrepreneurship is one of the best things I’ve done,” Dukes said of his decision to strike out on his own.
The Timken High School graduate had worked multiple jobs. He started in banking because it involved less physical work. It also left him stuck in a desk.
“It was interesting, but it wasn’t for me,” Dukes said of the job.
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Since the launch of Pristine Steam Wash, Dukes has made adjustments. He has found that auto detailing can be a seasonal business, with customer demand dwindling during the winter. So he added steam cleaning services for furniture and carpets. He also does steam cleaning for some restaurants in the area.
Dukes cited various reasons for choosing steam cleaning over other processes. Fewer cleaning chemicals are involved. Steam cleaning sanitizes and delivers better results, he said. The steam is also more effective at getting into corners and crevices, as well as other tight places.
While he started using a garage in Canton for specialized cleaning, in most cases Dukes visits the customer and works on site.
Social media and referrals helped customers find Dukes. Regular customers helped him grow his business.
Dukes has four employees who help with cleaning, as well as clerical duties. His wife Amanda is also involved in the business, helping him in different aspects.
Dukes said he hopes to add equipment and crews and would like to eventually franchise the business.
Local investors buy property in Guangzhou
A local investment group, Stoneham Associates, has acquired the former property of International Automotive Components (IAC) in Canton.
The approximately 8-acre land was owned by Goodland Properties Canton, which was based in the Cincinnati area. The property consists of several lots southeast of the intersection of Sixth Street and Shroyer Avenue SW.
JIT Packaging, which manufactures corrugated boxes and was recently acquired by Premier Packaging, leases a building at 1212 Seventh St. SW which is part of the property.
IAC sold the property to Goodland in 2018, according to county records. The property was the location of Akro Rubber, which manufactured a variety of automotive parts. Collins & Aikman acquired the operation in the 1990s, but became a member of IAC after filing for bankruptcy.
IAC began demolishing buildings in the complex several years ago, and Goodland continued the process of leveling older structures. Most of the site has been cleaned up.
The property is part of a Community Reinvestment Zone agreement that city officials entered into with Goodland in 2018. Stoneham Associates replaced Goodland in the deal. Putman Properties, which has ties to Stoneham, arranged the sale.
Delta Media Group owner is on publication’s list of reporters
RISMedia has included Michael Minard, CEO and owner of Delta Media Group in Jackson Township, as a 2022 Real Estate Reporter.
Minard was recognized for his efforts that have had a positive impact on home buyers and sellers, as well as the communities served by Delta and its real estate brokerage customers, according to RISMedia, which provides news and information services. real estate information.
This is the fifth year for RISMedia journalists, who are nominated by the company’s readers and editors. The 300 recipients are divided into eight categories. Minard was selected as an influencer. He is recognized in the RISMedia.com directory and in the February issue of Real Estate magazine.
Sales of new vehicles in the region down
Low inventory remains a factor in reducing new vehicle sales at northeast Ohio dealerships, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association.
Dealers said new vehicle sales fell 13% in February with 14,415 units sold compared to 16,572 sold in February 2021. So far this year, dealers have sold 31,048 new vehicles, a drop of 16 .7% compared to the 37,271 sold in January and February of last year.
Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the association, said the reduction in the production of computer microchips is a key factor in the decline in new vehicle inventories. Dealers don’t expect inventory to rise until late this year or early 2023.