News Pulse November/December 2021

December 6th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

What were’s top stories since our last issue? Here are the hottest topics in the industry:

1 Eastman Acquires PremiumShield

Eastman Chemical Company agreed to acquire the business and assets of Matrix Films, LLC, marketer of PremiumShield performance films, including its extended line of automotive film patterns. The transaction was finalized on October 1, 2021.

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2 XPEL Acquires Five Businesses in North America

XPEL, Inc., a global provider of protective films and coatings, acquired five businesses in the United States and Canada from two sellers. The acquired businesses are Shadow Shield, Shadow Tint, North 1 Technologies, One Armor and Tint Net.

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3 Marco Cazorla: The Traveling Trainer

Trainer Marco Cazorla spends his work weeks at XPEL’s headquarters and training facility, helping others harness skills he began sharpening in 2004. The building sits on the edge of Sunset Road in San Antonio, Texas, and it’s where tinters learn how to take on the trade. It starts and ends with patiently trusting the process.

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4 Owners of T&T Tinting Specialists Undergo Employee Buy-Out

Hawaii’s T&T Tinting Specialists, Inc. completed a transaction to become 100% employee-owned through its newly-created Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The company was founded in Honolulu in 1982 and provides the installation of window films, paint protection films (PPF) for vehicles, solar, security and graffiti protection films, and custom glass graphics for residential and commercial buildings in the state.

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5 The Sun Stops Here: Mike Burke Finds his Team

Mike Burke’s first car was a 1984 Ford Escort Station Wagon, a four-speed, family-hauler that puffed black smoke at the onset of second gear. The 16-year old creative leaned into stenciling, drawing and airbrush work during his high school years—and it’s a good thing, too. He channeled the imaginative side of his brain to shield his wagon from the world.

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