The History of Jax Kar Wash


Before Jax, in 1950, Jack Milen opened National Car Wash at Alfred and Woodward next to the Detroiter Hotel with partner Dave (John) Jassey.  The wash was open 24 hours a day then, and the wash price was $1.   

On May 12, 1954, Jack founded Jax Kar Wash; the first location was in Detroit, at 6 Mile & Meyers.  The second location was opened in 1956 in Birmingham, followed by the 3rd location in 1958 at Greenfield & Schoolcraft.    Since then, we have opened more locations; at one time, there were eleven.  This family business has had many charity fundraisers (March of Dimes, MS, CATCH, Michigan Cancer Foundation and more).

In 1998, the Milen's sold the company to a national chain that only cared about a profit and taking the company public -- that never happened and in June of  2001, Bruce Milen bought back the company.