A Look Back at 2018’s Top Headlines

January 2nd, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

The New Year is finally here, but before we begin to focus on making 2019 successful, let’s take a look back at the articles on windowfilmmag.com that received the most views for 2018.

1.Utah Senator Pushes to Reduce Legal Tint Limit with Proposed Amendment

In February, Utah State Senator Lincoln Fillmore pushed to revise the state’s tint law by introducing an amendment that would lower the permissible visible light transmittance (VLT) on vehicle side windows to 35 percent.

2.Tinter Producing Documentary on Film’s History

In June, history buffs looked forward to an industry documentary that highlighted J.O. Maldonado. After his passing in April 2018, his son Eric started working on a documentary, “Flow-On” The History of Window Tinting. “It is a tribute to the early pioneers of the liquid glass tinting business,” says Maldonado.

3.New Owners Purchase 44 Tools and Performance Auto Spa

More than just fireworks helped kickoff this past July, as Performance Tool Distributing (PTD), known as 44 Tools and Performance Auto Spa (PAS), gained two new owners. Bill Valway, owner of AP Corp., of Sykesville, Md., and Bo Ryan, president and chief operating officer of 44Tools, joined together to purchase PTD of Plain City, Ohio. The two purchased the company from owner, George Lewis, and have formed a new umbrella company called Applied Performance Group LLC (AP). AP’s umbrella includes Performance Auto Spa and 44Tools.

4.Madico President Discusses Company’s Latest Investments, Plans for the Future

Madico Inc. announced its big plans in April of 2018 and spoke with Window Film magazine one year after Shawn Kitchell’s promotion to CEO, following Bob Connelly’s retirement. Kitchell shared the company’s latest endeavors, including its $30 million investment into a new manufacturing facility, and its renewed focus on its specialty films segment.

5.2018 Tint-Off Winners Announced

September wouldn’t have been complete without announcing the winners of the 2018 International Window Film Tint-Off™. Thousands of readers clicked and shared the news when the winners were announced in San Antonio.

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  1. Happy new year window film magazine! Thanks for inspiration u brought me in the last 2 years. Giving me hopes and dreams I would have ever imagined. Thank u for pulling me from the Frozen cave deep in the swamp, thawing me out, and letting me see the world in another meaning. For that I will always be in your dept! May the lord bless your whole staff in safety, and success in 2019! Peace ✌️ from New Orleans!

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