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2022

January

  • Ziebart was invited for a live interview on The Weather Channel to discuss the potential vehicle damage that comes with the winter weather season. 

    As seen on: The Weather Channel

  • The Ziebart team in Western New York was asked to explain how rust and salt can cause damage to cars, and how to prevent it.

    As seen on: Channel 7- WKBW Buffalo

2021

November

  • Ziebart International Corporation Named a Winner of the Michigan Top Workplaces 2021 Award.

    As seen on: Franchising.com

October

  • How the fall leaves can damage your car & what you can do to stop it.

    As seen on: MSN

September

  • Troubled Auto Industry Sends Car Care Business Booming.

    As seen on: Franchise.org

  • Chip shortage is having a positive impact on the automotive aftermarket industry.

    As seen on: Royal Oak Tribune

  • Troubled Auto Industry Sends Car Care Business Booming.

    As seen on: Clickondetroit.com

August

  • Vehicle chip shortage having positive impact on the automotive aftermarket industry.

    As seen on: Macomb Daily
  • Summer heat impacting cars in South Texas. The August sun is sure to make residents sweat, but it's also causing damage to vehicles. 

    As seen on: KII-TV

June

  • Ziebart and Pet Supplies Plus #CoPilotPets campaign winner, Mishka, featured on Jack Monson's "Social Geek Radio" -  Franchise News Podcast. 

    As seen on: Social Geek Radio
  • Pet Supplies Plus and Ziebart have teamed up to launch #CoPilotPets, a campaign to promote pet safety and car protection for summer road trip season. The campaign will feature a video contest on Instagram spotlighting the interesting reactions pets can have to the simple question: “Wanna go for a ride?”
      As seen on: PetProductNews

May

  • After seventeen years, ‘cicada palooza’ is underway. Now what?
    AccuWeather invited our automotive protection expert, Rob Harper, to share the best ways to protect vehicles from these pests this summer. Ceramic Z-Gloss® Paint Protection is a ceramic paint coating that adds a layer of protection that not only gives your vehicle a “new car” vibrancy but also protects from acidic elements (i.e. cicadas), light scratches, and debris.
    Hear the latest on what to expect from ‘cicada palooza’ starting at the 18-minute mark.
      As seen on: AccuWeather.


April

  • Driving is a necessary part of many people’s daily routine. Between childrens’ school activities and meetings or endless errands to run, commutes are still a primary factor to account for even in the midst of Covid-times. Now, many of us find ourselves glumly wishing for the long-lost miseries of the daily commute, if only for a reason to flee the house.

       As seen on: Bankrate.

March 

  • Ziebart, a Detroit auto service company, recently raised and donated $10,000 to Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit to help fund meals for southeast Michigan families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

    As seen on: The Patch


February 

  • Larisa Walega Tells Franchising.com How She Ascended to VP of Marketing at Ziebart International

    As seen on: Franchising.com

January 

2020

November 

  • Ziebart, the global leader in vehicle appearance and protection services, has been recognized by the Auto Care Association’s Women in Auto Care for its “Z-Mom’s Campaign,” which received top honors in the ‘Outreach to a Female Audience’ category in the organization’s annual Automotive Communications Awards.

    As seen on: Franchising.com

October 

  • Ziebart, the global leader in appearance and protection services, recently hosted its annual owner's awards. For the very first time, the meeting was held virtually and brought together franchisees from across the country to celebrate the growth of the brand and what lies ahead. 

    As seen on: Autoblog.com 

  • Ziebart's Director of U.S. Retail Operations, Rob Harper, joins Reader's Digest to discuss how acids, dust, and road tar can wreak havoc on your vehicle's paint and what you can do to protect it. 

    As seen on: RD.comMSN.com 

  • Ziebart’s own Rob Harper, Director of U.S. Retail Operations, sits down with meteorologist Dean DeVore on AccuWeather's "Everything Under the Sun” podcast to talk everything your car needs to stay protected from winter’s onslaught of snow, ice, and salt (Rob's interview begins at the 17 minute mark).

    As seen on: Accuweather.com

September 

  • For multi-store owner Tony Mattiacio, success is in the family. Read more to learn how Tony and his four kids came to own and operate six Ziebart stores in western New York.

    As seen on: FranchiseTimes.com

June 

  • Business Insider asks Ziebart’s own Edmund Russel, Director of Product Development and Technical Support, how to safely prepare your vehicle for travel this summer. 

    As seen on: BusinessInsider.com

April 

  • Ziebart's own Larisa Walega, Vice President of Marketing, joins Fox 2 Detroit to discuss the do's and dont's of sanitizing your vehicle.

    As seeon on: Ziebart.com

  • President and CEO of Ziebart, Thomas E. Wolfe, explains how Ziebart found a way to give back during a time of crisis.

    As seen on: Inc.com 

  • Inc. asks Ziebart President & CEO, Thomas E. Wolfe how you can become the kind of leader your team needs today.

    As seen on: Inc.com 

  • Ziebart is featured on Entrepreneur's Best Franchise Brands of 2020.

    As seen on: Entrepreneur.com 

  • Autoweek steps back in time to look at how Ziebart founder Kurt Ziebart invented the first rust proofing process.

    As seen on: Autoweek.com 

  • Automotive historian and researcher, Robert Tate, explores the life of Ziebart founder Kurt Ziebart, and how he pioneered and invented the rust proofing process.

    As seen on: Motorcities.com 

  • Ohio's stay at home order and closing of non-essential businesses has kept a lot of people at home. But, our state's first responders are still heading to the front line to help battle the spread of the coronavirus. An automotive company is now working to keep them safe while on the job.

    As seen on: News5Cleveland.com 

  • Ziebart, a locally owned business for many years, is doing something extra special for some very special people. Owner Rick Saenz and his staff are doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    As seen on: KrisTV.com

March 

  • Ziebart of Knoxville, TN offers free car cleanings to COVID first responders.

    As seen on: WVLT.com 
  • We all know that our first responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis every day. One company is helping to keep them safe. Ziebart of Cleveland is offering to wipe down all highly touched areas of any first responder’s vehicle.

    As seen on: WKYC.com
  • In another instance of the community pitching in to aid in the fight against COVID-19, Ziebart is offering free wipe-downs of highly touched areas in first responder vehicles.

    As seen on: Fox2Detroit.com
  • Ziebart employees are offering to wipe down any police cruisers or other emergency vehicles using an antibacterial cleaner free of charge.

    As seen on: KiiiTV.com
  • As officers work to keep people safe, protecting themselves against the virus is also priority. The owner of Ziebart in West Allis, Nathan Krueger, is stepping up to help by offering free disinfecting services to all first responders.

    As seen on: WISN.com 

  • Ziebart on Holland-Sylvania is offering free antibacterial cleaning of vehicles belonging to first responders and medical personnel.

    As seen on: 13ABC.com

February 

  • Ziebart is Named One of Franchise Direct's Top 100 Global Franchises for 2020.

    As seen on: Franchisedirect.com 
  • Daniel Baker, CD, Wins Outstanding Service Award from the 2020 IDA Awards.

    As seen on: The-IDA.com 
  • Ziebart Comes in at #49 on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 Top Global Franchises Ranking for 2019.

    As seen on: Entrepreneur.com 
  • Ziebart Ranks #36 out of 150 on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 2019 Top Global Franchises for Veterans.

    As seen on: Entrepreneur.com 
  • Ziebart Ranks #149 on Entrepreneur's 41st Annual Franchise 500 Rankings for 2020.

    As seen on: Entrepreneur.com

2019

  •   12/30/2019: Jim Crubaugh, General Manager of Ziebart in Oak Forest, IL, started working for the company in 1991. He loves his job because of the customers and people in the community Chicago Tribune
  • 12/23/2019: Revamp and reintroduce your brand by following this tried-and-true path, laid out by Ziebart’s own Larisa Walega, CFE. Franchise.org 

  • 12/12/2019: Ziebart joined Mitch Albom during his annual SAY Detroit radiothon to donate a check to the organization. Mitch Albom Twitter

  • 12/06/2019: Longtime Ziebart customer Terri Gajdos was surprised with free Ziebart services when she came to pick up her vehicle. This was Ziebart’s way of paying it forward ahead of the holiday season. patch.com     

  • 11/07/2019: Ziebart’s Director of Marketing and Senior Franchise Development Manager sat down with the Modrn Businss podcast to talk through some new initiatives on the horizon for the Ziebart brand, their plans for continued growth domestically/internationally and their “ideal franchise candidate” profile. Modrn Business Podcast

  • 08/21/2019: Brothers Nick and Mark Lambie had a successful weekend opening their first Ziebart store. First day festivities included their official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and representatives from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's office.franchising.com
  • 08/19/2019: Thomas Wolfe has worked at Ziebart for more than 40 years, and served as executive vice president and CFO before becoming president and CEO in 1994. Under his leadership, the company has expanded into 33 countries, with more than 1,000 service centers throughout the world. dbusiness.com
  • 07/24/2019: Ziebart honored our U.S. Dealer and New Dealer of the Year winners during our owner’s meeting in Detroit. U.S. Dealer of the Year was presented to Richard Lester and Sons of Syracuse, New York, and U.S. New Dealer of the Year was presented to Todd and Shanna Beltman of Holland, Michigan. TheShopMag.com

  • 06/27/2019: Ziebart announced the winners of the Dealer of the Year, New Dealer of the Year, and Service Awards at our recent Owner’s Meeting in Detroit.PRNewsWire.com

  • 06/09/2019: Ziebart’s reputation was built on rust protection, but our product and service offerings have expended over the past 60 years to improve the value, functionality and longevity of vehicles with the overall goal of providing the highest level of customer service.SouthBendTribune.com
  • 05/14/2019: Executive Auto Rebrands as Ziebart 

  • 04/25/2019: Ziebart of Jamestown recently had the opportunity to apply protection services to the interior and exterior of Lucille Ball's 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE on display at the National Comedy Center's Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, New York. PRNewsWire.com
  • 03/15/2019: In an effort to fight poverty, the city of Syracuse received much-needed support from new partners announced in the “Higher Ground Initiative.” The program works by approaching panhandlers in the city and offering them a chance to work for a paycheck and get help with substance abuse. Destiny USA, Panera, Ziebart, and Eddie Bauer are partnering with the program to help people get a second chance. LocalSYR.com
  • 03/05/2019: Ziebart Ranked #189 in Entrepreneur Magazine's 40th Annual Franchise 500® - the most comprehensive and competitive issue ever. FranchiseDirect.com
  • March 2019: The International Detailing Association spoke with Ziebart President Dan Baker about how he got involved in the detailing industry and what tips he had for new detailers.The-IDA.com
  • 01/15/2019:Here are Ziebart’s secrets when it comes to being included in Franchise 500’s for at least 38 of the 40 years they’ve produced their ranking.  Entrepreneur.com

2018

  • 8/27/2018:Ziebart made the list of Entrepreneur’s second annual ranking of the Top 200 Franchise Brands People Love the Most. Entrepreneur.com
  • 5/03/2018: Ziebart made the list of Entrepreneur’s Top Franchises in 110 Categories Entrepreneur.com 
  • 2018: Ziebart International Corporation president and CEO Thomas E. Wolfe was featured in
    DBusiness’s Detroit 500, featuring the most powerful business leaders in Metro Detroit. DBusiness.com

2016 

  • 4/8/2016: With the introduction of Ziebart’s Z-Shield® Paint Protection Film in 2014, sales took off in certain parts of the world due to sandstorm concerns. DBusiness.com
  • 1/10/2016: Business View Magazine profiled Ziebart and interviewed Ziebart Corporation president Dan Baker about how customers refer to their vehicles as being “Ziebarted.”Business View Magazine
  2015

  • 11/22/2015: Ziebart spoke with the Khaleej Times about wanting to expand in the Middle East and Africa by exploring new markets. Khaleej Times 
  •  4/07/2015: Ziebart won a Telerik® Sitefinity™ 2014 Website of the Year award in the Automotive category. The awards honored the best websites developed using the Sitefinity Content Management System (CMS) in 2014. BusinessWire.com
  • 2/25/2015:Ziebart was named as one of the 16 Most Innovative Websites by Kaleidico. Kaleidoco.com
  • 2/18/2015:Ziebart made Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Franchises for 2015 WindowFilmMag.com
  • 2/13/2015: Ziebart of Middleburg Heights is selling more remote starters than ever because of Ohio’s winter weather. 19 Action News
  • 2/06/2015: Ziebart made Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Franchises for 2015 glassBYTEs.com

2014

  • December 2014: Ziebart is celebrating 55 years in business. What first started out as a rust protection business in Detroit, Michigan has evolved into offering more than 29 vehicle protection products and services. Ziebart.com
  • 12/15/2014: Galadari Automobiles, the Ziebart franchisee in the UAE with total 6 outlets, received 3 awards during the International Ziebart Conference in Manila, the Philippines. They received the Distinguished Achievement Award & Master Franchisee Award of the Year for outstanding individual performance. Their Ziebart facility in Abu Dhabi has received the Best New Facility Award, and they were recognized for being Ziebart Franchisee for 40 years. Khaleej Times
  • November/December 2014: AGRR - 3 New P's: Product Pathways to Profit
  • 05/20/2014: Ziebart began a statewide launch of Z-Shield®, a clear paint protection film designed to safeguard cars against chips and scratch marks from stones, sand, and road debris. DBusiness.com
  •     05/18/2014: Crain's Detroit Business - Ziebart repairs sales with new products, franchises