Volume 15, Issue 4 - July/August 2011


Product News
SITE Database Seeks Window Film Submissions

The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International hosted its PGC Legislative Retreat in May at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) headquarters in Washington, D.C. and discussed the new NIBS Security Information & Technology Exchange (SITE) database.

Richard Paradis of NIBS discussed the NIBS database and previewed the product database for those in attendance, explaining that it allows visitors to the website to view product listings, which also include the standards that each product meets. There is currently a section for “blast film” and submissions from the window film community are being accepted.

According to Paradis, the database, which is in the building phase, “helps users find the most appropriate technology that best fits the potential security threats of a specific facility.” He noted that SITE is a searchable, online database of products that meets the Department of Homeland Security Interagency Security Committee, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs security criteria and standards.

“The Department of Homeland Security really wants to have a place to go find these high-end products,” says Paradis.

A target date for the launch has not yet been set and NIBS also plans to enter more products into the database before it does so. To submit products for the database visit http://www.sitexchange.org/ and follow prompts to complete submission. Once there are enough submissions NIBS will release a launch date.

Event News
Contestants From Around the World Vie for “Best Tinter” Title
The 2011 International Window Film Tint-Off™ is receiving contestant registrations from around the world. While a majority of the participants hail from the United States, technicians from around the globe are throwing their hat into the ring and hoping to walk away with these top honors.

With the prize money increasing to $10,000 for the top spot, there are more reasons than ever to compete in the contest to be held on September 15, 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Educational sessions and exhibits on the show floor make attendance at this event a solid business decision for anyone looking to improve or grow their business in the window film industry.

Kurt Groenendaels of Cf-Window film Bvba in Limburg, Belgium is a 13-year veteran of the window film industry. Groenendaels has competed in a number of tinting competitions and placed first in the European tint-off in Belguim in 2007. When asked why he wanted to compete, Groenendaels said, “I like the spirit of competition and the chance to meet other people from the trade. During the years I have learned a lot from these competitions and there is always room for improvement.”

Each contestant has his or her own reasons why they want to win the title “World’s Greatest Tinter.” In addition to the $10,000 prize money, the winner receives extensive media coverage and press releases; use of the Tint-Off Winner logo on stationery, business cards and advertising for one year; use of the 2011 International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference logo for an unlimited time; and a congratulations ad and coverage of the victor in Window Film magazine.
For more information on the Tint-Off visit windowfilmmag.com/tintoff.

Eruzione to Deliver Keynote at International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference™
International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference™ is delighted to announce that hockey legend Mike Eruzione will address attendees at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tenn., on September 16, 2011. The keynote address will take place Friday morning during the event. Eruzione will speak on teamwork and the necessary steps to be successful.

Eruzione served as the captain who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to its improbable Gold Medal victory in Lake Placid, N.Y. Most memorable was the moment that Eruzione scored the game-winning goal against the unbeaten Soviet Union team to advance to the medal round. Being dubbed the greatest sports achievement of the 20th century, this story was later immortalized on film in the 2004 movie, “Miracle.”

For the past several years, Eruzione has traveled throughout the United States for major corporations and organizations as a motivational speaker and sports promoter. He also is the director of alumni programs at Boston University and remains actively involved in fundraising events for the U.S. Olympic Committee.


Finding Film
Window film is just one of the updates being made to the C concourse in Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. With the goal of being more energy-efficient, the airport is counting on window film to reflect unwanted heat from the hot afternoon sun. New heating and air conditioning controls will also be implemented to maximize energy savings.

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