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Our History


Jerry Wade, Founder, 1928-2005


(L to R) Troy Wade, Stephen Wade, Mitch Wade, Curtis Wade

Founded in 1964 by Jerry Wade and his brother-in-law, Phil Geisler, Oasis remains a family-owned, family-run business to this day.

The story begins over 50 years ago, when Jerry Wade and Phil Geisler started Wadler Manufacturing. Wadler produced agricultural and farm equipment, and quickly became an industry standard known for its highly innovative, multi-patented products. Wadler’s famous kelly green cattle chutes are still a familiar sight in pastures throughout the Midwest.

In the late 1970’s, as automobile companies began to build smaller vehicles, car wash manufacturers were failing to adapt to the changing face of the industry. Wadler recognized a need and began to branch out from the agricultural industry, devoting research and development to a new breed of automatic car wash.

Oasis Car Wash Systems was created as a division of Wadler,
introducing its first car wash, the Adjust-O-Matic, in 1985.

This predecessor to today’s Typhoon™ was the industry’s first fully adjusting, inbay touchless automatic, and set a standard of speed, quality and efficiency held by Oasis’ technology to this day.

Oasis now makes a new generation of adjustable, high-pressure automatics, built by the same standards of simplicity and dependability set by the Adjust-O-Matic. The touchless lineup includes the Eclipse™, the Typhoon™ and the XP™, each of which operate in a different method in order to suit the needs of small town car washes to the busiest high-volume locations.  A soft touch inbay automatic was added in 2012, the BayWash i5, in order to have a complete offering of equipment to suit every market.

Other Oasis products include “the Cadillac of self-service equipment”…the Jetstream™, and the Adapt™ powerful, customizable drying system.

Today, the family tradition of quality and service at Oasis are kept alive by three of Jerry Wade’s four sons: Stephen, President; Curtis, Vice-President; and Troy, Director of Marketing; along with Oasis’ outstanding staff of employees. Mitch Wade, prior to his death in 2014, served for many years in the company as Vice-President of Sales.

Oasis has the experience of more than 45 years of engineering, designing, and building the best equipment available, and the personnel to give customers prompt and courteous service. They assist customers through planning stages, construction and installation, and on to washing vehicles. Oasis has produced adjusting automatics longer than any other manufacturer and will continue to stay ahead of the competition through reliable, profitable products.

Oasis President Stephen Wade says,

“Overall, our goal is to provide the highest quality line of high-pressure automatic and self-serve equipment, the lowest maintenance and operating costs, and the highest profits for each car wash owner.”