Volume 9, Issue 1                        January/February 2005

NEWSWORTHY

LEGAL
 OTTAWA TACKLES WINDOW FILM BAND

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is looking into the issue of aftermarket window tint on cars in the province as a result of a ban proposed by a citizen and road-safety activist.

Barry Wellar, director of the University of Ottawa’s Walking Security Index Project, addressed his concerns to Ottawa’s Police Service Board on December 17, 2004, requesting specific legislation banning window tint in the province. His argument is that windows tinted darkly prevent pedestrians and cyclists from making eye contact with drivers, putting those not in vehicles at risk when crossing traffic.

“The privacy aspect has nothing to do with being on a public thoroughfare. If you want privacy, stay in your own home. That seems to be the extent to which we can guarantee your privacy,” Wellar told a local news station.

The board supported the motion for new legislation put before them at the meeting and a resolution is being sent to the provincial government to consider a governmental change regarding the use of window film on vehicles.

Judge Rules on Motions in Infringement Suit
The Nevada judge presiding over the infringement between View Plus Window Products and Madico has reportedly ruled against motions made by both parties in response to the outcome of the jury trial in the fall of last year.
The case, brought by Paul W. Poirier of View Plus Window Products and owner of Frame/Lok, alleges patent infringement by window film manufacturer Madico for sale of its Gull Wing attachment system. Poirier contacted Window Film magazine regarding the court case in October, and again in December when he was informed of the judge’s ruling. Poirier told Window Film magazine that the judge ruled against Madico’s request to overturn the jury’s decision or grant a new trial.

Madico representatives confirmed the ruling, noting that the judge also ruled against Poirier’s motion for additional monetary damages to be levied against the company. Madico will now meet with its attorneys to evaluate and decide which, if any, further actions would be in the best interest of the company. Madico maintains that it was developing an improved attachment system prior to the suit being filed.

Poirier, whose product is currently distributed exclusively through CPFilms, said he will wait until this case is fully settled before planning any further action.

PHILANTHROPY
Johnson Joins Project Safeguard

Carson, Calif.-based Johnson Window Films has joined the ranks of window film manufacturers involved with General Electric’s (GE) Project Safeguard. The company donated security film for two childcare centers in Hartford, Conn.

Project Safeguard is an initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of flying glass and improve safety at childcare centers. It has received much attention and participation from window film companies.

“GE Project Safeguard enables our company to reach out to the community beyond our everyday business,” said David Read, sales development manager for Johnson. “We appreciate the opportunity to provide support to help ensure the safety of the children in these childcare centers.”

Bekaert Donates to Cancer Support Group
Bekaert donated more than 900 square feet of spectrally-selective and decorative window film to Why Me, a Worcester, Mass.-based non-profit organization created to help Central New England families cope with cancer. Local Bekaert dealer, Energy Design, donated time and labor to install the film at the organization’s care home, Sherry’s House. Spectrally-selective film was installed on the windows facing the street, to allow residents privacy with the ability to still see out, and Solar Gard® Clear Frost was used on the dividing doors within the residence.

“This gesture has made a difference in the lives of those who stay here with us during a very difficult time,” said Mullen Sawyer, executive director of Why Me and Sherry’s House. “Now, thanks to Bekaert and Energy Design, we have a beautiful new home to help in our healing equation.”

COMPANIES
ACE Trust Fund Established
Advanced Coatings Engineering (ACE) Security Laminates™ Corp. has announced that its president and chief executive officer, Peter Fabian, has created a trust on behalf of key employees, directors and consultants of ACE to recognize the dedication of company employees.

Fabian has assigned 373,000 of personal Class “A” shares to the trust, the distribution of which will be done on a scheduled basis upon confirmation that the employee has met established performance objectives for the year.

PEOPLE
Derek Johnson Joins Gila Distributing Inc.
Gila Distributing Inc. (GDI) of Canton, Ga., has announced that it has hired Derek Johnson as installed products training manager.

Joining GDI with seven years of car dealership experience in the Atlanta area, Johnson will serve as a resource of information regarding dealership operations and procedures in new and used care prep and installation. He will conduct training courses, including product knowledge seminars, computer pattern cutting and hands-on training with product installation from the company’s main office facilities in Holly Springs.

The first product category instruction session will be a course on clear urethane paint protection.

IWFA Selects New Officers, Board of Directors
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has selected new officers and named the board of directors for 2005.

Tom Niziolek of Madico succeeds Scott Haddock as president of the IWFA and will serve in that capacity until 2005.

“I take great pride in this appointment. The IWFA provides an invaluable service to the glass film industry, and I am eager to work with my peers to increase the association’s value, particularly in the areas of solar control and safety glass applications,” said Niziolek.

Joining Niziolek as officers on the board of directors are Matt Jobe of Gila Distributing who has been elected as vice president, Harry Rahman of Huper Optik, serving as secretary and Gregg McKay of CP Films as treasurer.

The board of directors now includes Kenneth Campbell of Tri-State Window Tinting in North Haledon, N.J., Jack Audino of Sunblockers Inc. in Redding, Calif., Jaime Knutson of Madico in Puyallup, Wash., Ben Ford of Global Window Films in Pemborke Pines, Fla., Brian Goad of Bekaert Specialty Films in San Diego, Calif., Dan Villamil of Window Tints, Etc. in Hollywood, Calif. and Haddock.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Key Communications Inc. Launches New Magazine
Key Communications Inc., publisher of Window Film magazine and its sister publications USGlass, AGRR and others, has announced that the first trade publication for the mold prevention and abatement industry. Mold & Moisture Management magazine will present its debut issue beginning of the new year, January/February 2005.

Mold & Moisture Management magazine is a quarterly publication created to address industry needs concerning the rising influx in legal cases, building concerns and repairs required to solve the ever-increasing caseload within these fields.

“Preventative measures and remediation will be our main focus for those in the building industry, contractors and others. We are pleased to provide this much needed media regarding the issue of mold, which affects thousands every day,” stated Debra Levy, publisher.

“Presenting columns, newsworthy articles, and pertinent editorial information for such a salient topic such as mold, is what Key Communications Inc. strives to produce with all of its publications,” said Levy.
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