A Review of 2020’s Top Stories

December 30th, 2020 by Emmariah Holcomb

Before the New Year kicks off, let’s review the top ten stories that created the most traffic on Window film magazine’s website throughout 2020.

  1. $500 Federal Tax Credit Available for Residential Film – published on 3/4/20

This year’s most read story involved a Federal tax credit of up to $500 being made available for qualifying energy saving residential window film in early March. The tax credit was available for up to 10% of the documented amount paid for qualified nonbusiness residential energy efficiency improvements installed during 2019 and through December 31, 2020.

  1. New Hampshire House Passes Amended Version of New Bill – published on 1/22/20

The New Hampshire House passed bill 317, also known as HB317 in late January. The new bill would remove the prohibition on aftermarket tinting on side windows as long as long as light transmittance is not less than 70%.

  1. Window Film Businesses Adapt During Virus Outbreak – published on 3/25/20

Window film businesses around the country were adapting to new information regarding the COVID-19 virus in March. Some states, like New York and California were put on “lockdown” due to their governors’ decrees that all non-essential businesses to be closed, many questioned whether or not they can continue to work.

  1. Vehicle Tint Exception Could Come to Illinois – published on 1/15/20

A new bill was filed in mid-January that could impact window tinting businesses throughout the state. The bill, also referred to as HB4033 was filed in the House by Representative West in Illinois. According to the bill, there is an exception for certain drivers in the state who are light sensitive.

  1. Industry Member Ken Vickers Passes Away – published on 5/7/20

Ken Vickers, a longtime member of the window film industry, passed away very early in the morning, reports Darrell Smith, executive director for the International Window Film Association. Vickers had been critically ill prior to his passing, and was resting at home in the past week with his family, says Smith.

  1. Madico Opens New Facility in Florida – published on 2/19/20

Madico, Inc. held a grand opening celebration for its new 247,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility on February 13, 2020 in Pinellas Park, Fla.

  1. Industry Veteran Highlights Success with New PPF Product – published on 10/21/20

Legend PPF has been in the U.S. market since October 2019, and its creator however, Dr. Tim Gerasimov, a polymer chemist, is an industry veteran who created window film and PPF decades ago for other industry suppliers. Gerasimov highlighted some of the company’s success in late October.

  1. Industry Mourns the Loss of George Lewis – published on 2/12/20

George Lewis, industry legend and former owner of Performance Films Distributing Inc., also known as 44 Tools and Performance Auto Spa, passed away at age 68 after struggling with side effects from his cancer treatment on February 8, 2020.

  1. Five Key Trends for Window Films in 2020 – published on 1/15/20

The International Window Film Association started the year by suggesting five key trends for window films in 2020. “While no one can truly predict trends, based on past experience we would expect window film to be a smart choice over replacement windows for reasons such as costs, energy savings, safety and security, UV protection and curb appeal,” said Darrell Smith, IWFA executive director.

  1. Window Film Business Owners Grapple with Employees Who Don’t Want to Come Back – published on 5/20/20

An earlier report in FORBES magazine discussed a situation that a number of business owners found themselves in, and window film company owners are no exception. The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits to workers who have been let go or furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Add to that state unemployment that can range from a high of $790 per week in Washington State to a low of $235 per week in Mississippi and many workers will receive $1,000 per week to stay home.

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