Volume 10, Issue 2                     March/April  2006

Brigid O'Leary

Still Alive, Despite 1-5

Growing up, my dad always told me that if you could drive in Washington D.C., New York or Los Angeles you could drive anywhere. As I got older he added Atlanta to that list, but I think that’s because it was where I learned to drive. Well, I found out he’s just about right. Driving in Southern California is not for the faint of heart. Why was I, a native East-Coaster, driving in Southern California? Technically, I wasn’t – technically, my boss and publisher, Debra Levy, was driving and I was just navigating, but we had the … experience … of driving Interstate 5 both north and south. “Speed up and aim” is how we described it. The purpose of our hair-raising and heart-racing trip was to visit Bekaert Specialty Films’ headquarters in San Diego for a manufacturer profile. You can read about our trip there starting on page 22 – but sorry, there are no pictures of us wearing the scrubs and hair nets required in the clean room. There are also no stories of our adventure on I-5, because I think I blocked out most of that.

“Growing up, my dad always told me that 
if you could drive in Washington D.C., New 
York or Los Angeles you could drive anywhere.”

OK, I know, San Diego is not LA. I’m well aware of that, but I don’t technically drive “in D.C.” (I live about an hour south) and I still drive in what’s considered “D.C. traffic.” Those of y’all from big cities know what I mean. The traffic associated with a city doesn’t end at the city limits—it reaches well into the suburbs, some of which can be more than 50 miles away.

Anyway. This is also our March-April issue and you know what that means: International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference™ recap and the official announcement of the “World’s Best Tinters.” Did you miss the conference? Did you attend and just want to relive it or see if we took your picture and put it in the magazine? Check out pages 12-17 to find out.

Of course, in addition to the recap, we’ve also got 15 minutes with each of our first-place winners, so you might want to set aside some good quality time to get to know this year’s winners. Stay tuned to Window Film magazine for more information on the other finalists in this year’s competition, too.

Les Shaver, trusted contributing editor and writer, covered a story that is sure to be of great interest to many of the architectural film shop owners and installers out there: the movement in the industry to get window film recognized and certified as being a product that will promote energy efficiency. If you do any work on LEED buildings, or just think the Energy Star® logo is cool, you’ll want to see just where the industry stands on making sure you get to use it, too.

We also welcome back Viewpoints columnist Rob Tait, who shares with readers his wisdom of having been in the industry many years in a country where protection against ultraviolet rays is crucial, and Tom Niziolek, president of the International Window Film Association (IWFA), shares with us this month his thoughts on consumer choice and why it’s as important to the window film industry as it is in any other service industry.

©2006 Key Communications Inc. 385 Garrisonville Road, Suite 116, Stafford, VA  22554
Phone: 540/720-5584, Fax: 540/720-5687 e-mail: film@glass.com