In 1963, Charlie Walker sat in a motel room in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, waiting for the phone to ring. He had driven his newly created “Power Vac” truck over 1,500 miles from his two-man shop in Salina, Kansas and had to sell the unit in order to pay for his trip back home. That first unit did sell, and as Charlie continued to grow his business he identified a growing need in the trucking industry, high-quality truck washes. Armed with this new idea, Charlie founded Blue Beacon Truck Washes, which has become a leader in the truck washing industry, owning and operating over 100 locations across the United States and Canada.
In 1980, using industry-leading methods developed and refined by Blue Beacon Truck Washes, self-service Green Lantern Car Washes were established in Salina, Kansas. Starting in 2001 Green Lantern moved away from the self-service washes and has focused on automated tunnel car washes in the Midwest.