Our History


Vaughan Industries was begun in 1974 to distribute detergents and spray waxes for automatic car washes in the Detroit, Michigan area. Founded by an industrial chemist with twenty years of experience, the company began developing and manufacturing a totally new line of use-specific car wash chemical products.

In 1977, Vaughan Chemical became a Michigan corporation and purchased its manufacturing facility in Detroit. The company's name was changed to Vaughan Industries in 1984 in order to more accurately reflect its expansion into sales and service of car wash equipment.

Vaughan is unique in its approach to application problems in the car wash industry. Experience showed that how a washing solution is applied is as critical as the quality of product being used. As a result, the company engineered a complete line of chemical applicators as well as the car wash products to meet any requirement.

Vaughan continues as a privately held family business. As such, it epitomizes the American experience of successful entrepreneurship. Today Vaughan Industries has clients all over the world and several divisions encompassing cleaning compounds, industrial fluids, sprockets, bearings, chain, car was equipment, car wash chemicals, and auto detail products.

Vaughan is known for being the go to supplier of rollers, sprockets, and chain. Vaughan’s patented process for making rollers provides for tighter tolerances and extended life. Vaughan is currently a top supplier of high pressure equipment, pump stations, prep stations, stainless steel arches, wheel applicators, and car wash chemicals.

Ongoing research and development in one of the most modern chemical laboratories in the industry assures "state of the art" products and applications. Through continued innovation in equipment design and manufacturing, Vaughan is dedicated to meeting the needs of the car wash industry in the 21st Century.

Our Technology

Protected by Patents

Our patented technology in many pieces of our equipment means we make OEM replacements that perform better and longer than the original manufacturer.


High Quality Metal

Vaughan Industries believes that products should look as good as they perform, so we use corrosion resistant materials wherever possible. Materials such as stainless steel, UHMW self lubricating plastic, and urethane are utilized to extend life and appearance of your wash.

Advanced Chemistry

Since 1977 Vaughan Industries has been a leader in cleaning chemicals and cutting fluids for metalworking. Customers all over the United States and Canada have used our formulations to clean and protect their cars, homes, and businesses.


Custom Fabrication

Vaughan's custom shop has the ability to..

Fabricate prototypes and tweak customer designs to meet any specification.


We can custom fabricate in steel, stainless steel, UHMW, and other exotic materials.

We offer custom finishing including plating, powder coating, and high polish stainless steel.


Please contact one of our technical experts today with your special needs

White Label

Vaughan can white label manufacture both equipment and chemicals for your needs.

If you have a job or project and want to outsource the production, we can build any piece of equipment and brand it for your company. Just let us know your ideas and we can handle everything for you. Your customers will never know their purchase was made by us.


We can also design and manufacture custom chemical mixtures.

To save time and maximize your investment, we can also repackage one of our existing formulations for your company. We offer an array of chemicals from simple cleaners to complex chemistry designed with exacting formulas to meet the needs of 21st century manufacturing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We do not custom blend chemicals for individual customers, however we do custom blend and white label chemicals for businesses wishing to make large purchases of chemical for B2B or B2C resale. Please inquire about your specific needs and let us know your anticipated volume.