Volume 11, Issue 6 - November/December 2007

Dear Reader
Who Needs Glasses?

Since I’ve begun to cover the window film industry, I occasionally hear comments from various members on how it is “stagnant” or “uneventful.” I would disagree. Perhaps my new editor status has given me rose-colored glasses, but I see a lot going on in the industry. 

There’s a lot going on with window film manufacturers. Window Film had the opportunity to meet with Kent Davies, senior vice president of Solutia Inc. in St. Louis and president of its Martinsville, Va.-based CPFilms business. The article, on page 26, explains how the company has successfully embraced film since its purchase in 1999. On page 14, you’ll find an overview of the signal defense industry, a segment it currently has cornered.

XPEL Technologies Corp. in San Antonio has kept the press busy this year with several acquisitions. The most recent announcement involves Dublin, Ohio-based Performance Tools Distributing, and I recently had the opportunity to speak with both companies about what their future holds. On page 8, find out why XPEL is looking to the window film industry for its future growth.

On page 22, you’ll find a brief review of SEMA 2007. I had the opportunity to attend this event for the first time and I have to say, the window film industry showed up! I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to visit our booth. We’re excited that so many of you requested the details for our International Window Film Tint-Off™ being held May 2-3 in Las Vegas (see page 24 for more details).

I knew SEMA was going to be a pleasure, because anyone who has served as editor of this publication laments that it’s no longer on their travel schedule. I expected fancy cars, mind-boggling electronics and celebrity appearances; but once I was there, I found myself most excited about the number of window film companies and tinters in attendance. I have to admit, I hardly noticed all of the bling-bling, because I was too excited about finally meeting the industry face-to-face. Well … maybe I did notice a bit of it.

In this issue’s IWFA update, Tom Niziolek explains how human resource professionals feel it’s a “seller’s market” for them. He offers up key advice for finding and hiring the right candidates for your business.

Speaking of the right candidates, Window Film has a new publisher—Samantha Carpenter. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Samantha over the past year or so and, I can tell you, we couldn’t be in better hands.

This is an issue I would advise keeping close at hand. Why? Aside from all the timeless editorial content (glasses again!) on page 30 you’ll find our annual buyer’s guide, including a complete listing of companies that supply the industry. We hope you’ll find this guide useful and want to keep it on your desk throughout the year. Frankly, I would advise keeping every issue of Window Film close at hand. But again … that may be the rose-colored glasses speaking. 

Drew Vass is the editor of Window Film magazine.

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