Volume 8, Issue 5, September-October  2004


Charley Wreaks Havoc in Florida
Hurricane Charley, a class four hurricane, hit the west coast of Florida in August, resulting in billions of dollars worth of damage and putting the window film industry in the state to a test.

Steve Sabac, owner of Sun Coast Glass Protection Inc. in Boynton Beach, Fla., saw the damage first hand, and also saw how much of the fenestration in the Sunshine State fared.

“We thought it was going to hit Tampa. We’d just gotten done doing a window lock® on the Nielson Media Research building,” he said in a telephone interview from his office on Monday, August 16. “We were going to follow Charley up the coast and document what happened when it hit Tampa. As we were driving up I-75, the hurricane turned and . . . We ended up in the eye of the hurricane. We rode out the storm in a truck in front of a store.”

Once the hurricane passed, Sabac found himself at a new land of ground zero.

“We documented a lot of windows and film and framing and plywood and how it failed,” he related, explaining that once a window fails, the winds penetrated the building, weakening the structure.

“Once the windows were broken, the winds get in, the roof comes off and once the roof comes off, the walls came apart. The walls are supported by ceiling, which is held up by the wall. It’s like an sealed envelope – once you open it, it’s gone.”

Sabac attributed much of the damage done in Punta Gorda to small missile impact, particularly from pea and roof gravel. 

Ohio Changes Auto Tint Law
As of April 8, 2004, the back windshields (including rear passenger sidelites and backlites) of cars in Ohio may be tinted to the discretion of the vehicle owner. Under the changed law, driver an front passenger side door windows can be tinted up to 50 percent light reduction; any windows further back on the car may be as dark as the owner wishes, provided the car is equipped with two side-view mirrors (one on each front door) so that drivers can see the road behind them. The front windshield must remain at 30 percent.Changing the law, however, had not had a uniform impact across the state. 

"No one knows about it until I tell them," said a technician from Auto Customs of Cincinnati who requested to be identified only as Matt H. “I didn’t know [about the change in the law] until a month and a half later, when our window film manufacturer told us.”

3M Honors Top East Coast Dealers
At a July meeting at Energy Products Distribution (EPD), the East Coast distributor of 3M film in Baltimore, 3M recognized its top East Coast dealers with awards. Following the organizational meeting and bestowing of awards, the dealers and 3M staff, which included Jim Mannix, 3M marketing manager, and Jeff Bradley, 3M U.S. and International business manager, met for discussion on the company and business practices in the EPD University style of roundtable discussion.

Coastal Applied Systems was honored as the top East Coast dealer of 3M film. Dennis Fusco accepted the award. Others honored include Peter Davey (American Window Film), Frank Merola (3M Millard Enterprises Window Tinting), Tom Nocilo (Mr. Tint), Nick Pizzone and Irwin Greene (Columbia Filters), Richard Doyle (Doyle Window Tinting), Glenn Blackburn (Charlotte Glass Tinting), Bob Swartley (Tint Pro), Steve Pesce (New York Window Film) and Bob Seidner, (Classic Window Tinting).

MACtac® Announces European Awards
MACtac Graphics, based in Stow, Ohio, has announced the European and International Territory winners of “MACtac Worldwide Awards 2004.” An independent panel of nine industry experts chose among entries from the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Scandinavia for the European competition and the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania for the International Territory competition. Judging criteria was based on creativity and visual impact and technical achievement. 

Winning the European technical achievement category was M@kom, Belgium for it’s application “Seasons’ Greetings” Giant Exterior Ornament Graphic. First place for exterior signs was Creaset S.A., Belgium, for its Formula 1 Car Building Wrap and the “Swatchbook” floor graphic designed by Ades Ripollet, of Spain, won the interior signs category. Sign Language, U.K., claimed the title in the vehicle graphics for vehicle wraps featuring all green objects. The International Territory technical achievement award went to Quadral Wan of the United Arab Emirates. The exterior signs winner for the International Territory was Advance Screen of Malaysia, and Colors Club of Thailand won the interior signs category for the same geographic area. Taking the vehicle graphics category was Graphics Cal Marketing, of Malaysia.

Bekaert Specialty Films Recognizes Sonoco
Bekaert Specialty Film has bestowed the 2003 Supplier of the Year award on Sonoco Oil of Hartsville, S.C. According to a Sonoco press release, it was selected from more than 50 suppliers based on supplier service surveys completed by Bekaert staff.

The decision was made based upon supplier service surveys completed by Bekaert’s research and development, production, purchasing, quality and sales staff. Sonoco was cited for the superior quality of the paperboard and molded plastic high performance film cores, quick and effective response to Bekaert’s requirements, a proactive approach to problem solving and a willingness to develop products in response to input from Bekaert.

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a $2.8 billion manufacturer of industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more than 300 operations in 36 countries.

CPFilms Plans New Metallizing, Coloring Lines
CPFilms is planning for the installation of new metallizing production equipment at its headquarters in Martinsville, Va.

The new line will join three other metallizing lines and, according to the company, expand the company’s capacity. It will be housed in a specially constructed 9,000 sq. ft. addition to its plant facility in Martinsville and will operate in a climate-controlled environment. The planned addition will feature digital optical monitoring capabilities to control the consistency of metal deposition on the film.

Also on the horizon for CPFilms is the installation of a polyester film-dyeing machine at the Martinsville site. The machine will enable deep-dye coloring on films from thicknesses of .5 mil to 10 mil and in widths up to 72 inches. Both are expected to be running by the first quarter 2005.


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