Volume 13, Issue 5 - September/October 2009

The Back Page

In the News
Compiled from News Reports Around the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers around the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer publications or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to dvass@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

 

Tint Haul
Port Charlotte, Fla.—
Diversification isn’t an unusual concept for window film dealers. Walk into the typical automotive film dealership and you will likely discover anything from remote starters to chrome wheels. But a Florida dealer recently added a product you might not expect—U-Haul® services.

Michael and Teresa Giunta, who own G-Force Restyling, a Port Charlotte, Fla.-based window film and restyling business, say they added moving equipment and supplies, such as moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. The couple says they hope that U-Haul will help draw customers into their shop where they can cross sell products like tint.



A Smokin’ Roll of Film

Cocoa, Fla.—Most often, when we see the words “cannabis” and “window film” combined, it’s in the police blotters; but recently a Cocoa, Fla.-based company combined the two in an entirely new fashion. Company officials for HipStuffNow.com say its Pot Leaf window film design is aimed at “hip businesses,” such as nightclubs, hair salons, “head” shops and coffeehouses. The company’s spokesperson, Jeff Spicoli, who ironically shares the same name as the famous Spicoli character in the 1982 feature film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” says medical marijuana retailers will also be interested in the design for their storefronts.

Possibly to avoid complicating matters for those who might be interested in this sort of product, the company’s film is adhesive-free.

 

Tint Bolsters State Revenues
Mississippi—We know that tint violations not only give police an excuse to pull drivers over and seek out further offenses, but they also produce revenues for states and local municipalities. Beyond fines, some states require inspections, which generate further revenue. But exactly how much? In a recent article posted by HattiesburgAmerican.com, the news source reported that Mississippi collected approximately $900,000 in state-required window tint inspections in 2008 alone. And the state’s budget isn’t the only benefactor, as the split for those inspections includes $3 for the state and $2 for the inspecting shop.

 

Window Film Dance Troop
Essex Junction, Vt.—Window film professionals are known for many things—meticulousness, sales and technical skills to name but a few, but they aren’t necessarily known for their … dance skills. That didn’t stop the professionals at Gordon’s Window Décor in Essex Junction, Vt., from strutting their stuff in the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission’s all dance parade. The event celebrated the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain’s travels to the lake that now bears his name. Even torrential rains didn’t turn this group away.

“Although our choreography did not win us a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ award, the crowd’s cheering and enthusiasm was warming through the downpour and kept our team going strong,” says Gordon Clements, president.

With the help of renowned choreographer Karen Amirault, the group mastered a special dance routine reflecting their enthusiasm for the community.

The group was among 70 to participate in the event.

 

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