Ziebart was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, the company announced.
Jumping up the list 12 spots from 2022, the 2023 Franchise 500 ranked Ziebart as No. 169 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, the outlet said.
In the United States, five new Ziebart locations opened their doors in 2022, including Highland, Michigan; Triadelphia, West Virginia; Fort Myers, Florida; Auburn, Massachusetts; and Hamburg, New York, and projects to open six more locations in 2023, company officials said.
On a global level, Ziebart signed new franchise agreements in nine additional countries. This includes the first location opened in The Netherlands as well as openings in Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Iraq and the Ivory Coast. These deals are joined by grand openings set to take place in early 2023 in both Nigeria and Greece.
“All factors point to continued record demand for automotive aftercare services as we head into 2023 and beyond,” said Thomas A. Wolfe, CEO and President of Ziebart International Corporation. “We anticipate future generations seeking new ways to keep their cars for a longer period of time as the average age of vehicles on the road increases and more people purchase used cars needing upgrades. As Ziebart continues to grow both nationally and internationally, we look forward to offering more communities complete vehicle protection solutions.”
Ziebart was ranked No. 1 in the Automotive Appearance Services category, and rose from 323 in 2021 to 181 in 2022 in the overall Franchise 500. In addition, Ziebart was recognized in the Franchise Times Top 500, being ranked 18 in Entrepreneur’s Top 150 Franchises for Veterans, and the World Headquarters location being named a Top Place to Work by the Detroit Free Press. The brand’s Vice President of Marketing, Larisa Walega, was featured in Entrepreneur’s “50 Franchise CMOs who Are Changing the Game.”