Tint Talk by Kat Coig
by Kat Coig
May 31st, 2017

Going the 419.6-Mile Distance

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Bill Valway, CEO of Sykesville, Md.-based Absolute Perfection (AP) Window Tinting, you know he’s all about expanding the capabilities and reach of his business.

Not only does the company offer window film, PPF and wrap services, but it also offers media services such as web design, video production and online marketing.

So, I wasn’t really surprised when I got a call from Valway the other day sharing the news of his new and second location in Wilmington, N.C.

“We chose North Carolina because we needed a location that wouldn’t overlap our service markets or take business away from the areas we already cater to,” Valway explained to me on his recent stop at the Key Communications, Window Film magazine’s parent company, office.

He said he was led to Wilmington in pursuit of an acquisition that ended up falling through, but the location presented the opportunity to acquire a few other locations, not to mention it’s only a stone’s throw away from the beach.

“We feel really good about the overall economy in that area, and we feel as though it’s going to grow in the next decade, and we wanted to position ourselves in a way that would allow us to capitalize on that growth,” he said.

And so far, business has been great since the shop opened its doors on April 1st. The only thing left for Valway to do is get his pilot’s license so he doesn’t have to keep making the 419.6-mile, seven-hour drive. Or, at least, that’s what I would do.

But Valway’s visit got me thinking about tint shop acquisitions and movement in general throughout the film industry. I’ve been the editor of Window Film for almost a year now, and I haven’t come across too many stories regarding expanding a business or offering services outside of the film industry such as media and marketing.

I could be way off here, seeing as there are thousands of tint shops across the country, but, if you’ve got an interesting tale to tell, or have future plans to mix things up, my inbox is always open. Besides, I like getting to know all of you in the process.

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