Ziebart - An Opportunity To Build A Family Legacy

June 06, 2021

TROY, Mich., June 6, 2021 -- Ziebart, the global leader in automotive appearance and protection services, is celebrating 62 years in business and 59 years in in the franchising industry. As a member of the International Franchise Association, Ziebart is in the elite, top 5% of brands that have sustained and prospered utilizing the franchise business model for almost 60 years.

68% of all franchisees who own a Ziebart franchise work alongside family members: husbands partnering with wives, fathers and mothers with their children, and even brothers with brothers. Owning a Ziebart business is more than just opening and closing your doors every day. With over 20% of Ziebart franchisees grossing over $1,000,000 annually, Ziebart has become a gateway into creating and maintaining a family legacy. To learn more about owning your own Ziebart franchise, visit our path to ownership page.

"Dad (Steve Bell) was already retired, and when I found the Ziebart opportunity, we just jumped in together," says Matt Bell, Owner, Ziebart in Bloomington, Illinois. "It's nice to work side-by-side with my dad and be able to see him every day. Life is short, and growing this business with my dad is immeasurable."

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"The original plan was to buy a franchise that I knew would be successful and would allow my family to eventually work with me," said Tim Shinkle, Owner, Ziebart of Warsaw, Indiana. "This gave my kids more than I could have anticipated. My son started working as a tech in the shop and is now the Assistant Manager. My daughter began as an administrative assistant and is now the Office Manager."

"I never forced anyone in my family to work for me, but growing up a close Italian family, my kids were always involved in our conversations," said Tony Mattiacio, Owner of six Ziebart stores in the greater Rochester, New York area. "They witnessed the hard work and the opportunity Ziebart could afford them. With four children involved, each of them mastering their own area in the business, my children have been a blessing in disguise."

With a brand that has a proven sales, operations, and marketing system, a 62+ year track record of success, and has successfully continued its efforts to adapt its business model to the ever-changing needs of vehicle owners, Ziebart franchisees believe in the legacy of the brand and have decided to pass the same legacy on to their children.

"My children, in their early 20's and 30's, are in the Ziebart business because of the growing opportunity this franchise offers. They see the potential for their futures," said Mattiacio.

"Having my children involved has been wonderful," said Shinkle, "They take the family business very seriously and help to protect the integrity and reputation we have worked so hard to build. Someday, my son and daughter will be included in the ownership of this business… and hopefully their kids as well."

The Ziebart opportunity is a chance to start a legacy for your family. The 62-year-old brand has identified markets for continued development including Chicago, IL., St. Louis, MO., Atlanta, GA., Raleigh, NC., Des Moines, IA., Grand Rapids, MI., Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg, PA and Jacksonville, Tampa and Dayton Beach, FL as strong opportunities for growth.

Ziebart International Corporation is headquartered in Troy, MI, representing a global franchise network of vehicle protection and appearance services for over 62 years. The company was founded on rust protection in 1959 and operates approximately 400 licensed locations with 1200 processing centers in 34 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, Ceramic Z-Gloss® Paint Coating, Z-Shield® paint protection film, Z-Shield® paint protection film, Genuine Ziebart Rust Protection, Undercoating,  Rhino-Linings® sprayed-on bed liners, and much more.

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