Feature 504: MA’s Carwash, Huron, SD

Farmers and Merchants Bank—Branch of First National Bank in Huron, SD, and First District Development Company (FDDC) via the SBA 504 loan program joined forces to offer an attractive financing package to a newly formed entity to do business as MA’s Carwash. This new venture is owned by brothers who are Huron natives—Matt Rathjen and Adam Rathjen.

The MA’s Carwash project involved the purchase of bare land, construction of a new building, and purchase and install of new equipment. The new car wash is located in Huron on the frontage road directly to the east of Wal-mart and Runnings on the far south lot. This real estate is on a corner lot and has 400+ feet frontage right on Highway 37 (Dakota Avenue). In addition to a superb location, the new car wash is set up with all of the state of the art equipment customers need for their vehicles to look like new again. The Rathjen’s realize vehicles are one of the largest purchases individuals will make throughout their lifetime. MA’s Carwash is committed to providing their customers with an automatic wash they can trust to clean their vehicle properly. Also, for the individuals who choose to wash their vehicle themselves, there are self-serve bays equipped with all the necessary washing equipment and cleaning fluids. With the latest car wash technology installed, the carwash is open 24/7, and friendly attendants are on standby at all times during the day—MA’s Carwash is fast, convenient, and friendly.

Matt and Adam Rathjen were interested in doing this project because they realized a need for residents in Huron and the surrounding communities for a nice, clean, well-maintained, modern car wash. MA’s Carwash is not a project the Rathjen’s jumped into hastily. In fact, Matt Rathjen researched his idea of a new car wash in Huron for eight years prior to putting any of his plans into place. Matt took it upon himself to reach out and gain relationships with existing car wash owners in different parts of the country. The design of MA’s Carwash and the equipment package installed is a direct result of the Rathjen’s years of preparation, planning, and designing.

Prior to operating MA’s Carwash, both Matt and Adam already had experience owning their own business in Huron, which they will continue to do in addition to managing MA’s.  Matt owns Rathjen Construction as well as managing several hundreds of storage sheds. Adam Rathjen, who has been employed at Rathjen Construction for several years, is self-employed as well through his business Rathjen Home Inspections. While they have an  attendant on-site at MA’s Carwash, both Matt and Adam check on the property on a daily basis. These entrepreneurial brothers joined forces, and have created a wonderful asset to the Huron community.

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