News Pulse January/February 2022February 23rd, 2022 by Nathan Hobbs
What were WindowFilmMag.com’s most popular news stories since our last issue? These headlines grabbed the industry’s highest attention.
1 Female Film Stars Find Voice for 2022
The women of the window film industry kicked off 2022 with a different form of customized artistry. They launched a calendar titled the Women of Automotive Film. Ten women grace the calendar’s pages.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and enter “female film stars” into the Search box to locate this story.
2 Tractor Tinting: Is it Worth the Trouble?
Decatur, Texas, is filled with farmland. John Deere, Kubota, Case IH and New Holland dealerships supply the region’s farmers with tractors for cutting and bailing hay. John Little owns All Pro Window Tinting in Decatur and has been cooling down tractors since he began tinting them in 1990.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and enter “tractor tinting” into the Search box to locate this story
3 Window Film Depot Names Krissy Mosby President
Window Film Depot (WFD), a window film installation contractor, announced the promotion of Krissy Mosby to president. She succeeds Jeff Franson, who founded the business along with family members, Chris Sullivan and Stephen Franson, in the early ‘90s.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and enter “Krissy Mosby” into the Search box to locate this story
4 American Pacific Group Completes Acquisition of Interwest Distribution Company
American Pacific Group (“APG”), a San Francisco Bay Area-based private equity firm, acquired Interwest Distribution Company, distributor of automotive and building films. Interwest will come together with Fellers, Inc. as an American Pacific Group portfolio company.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and enter “Hugh Bernardi” into the Search box to locate this story
5 Unfazed: Film Shops Thrive Through the Slow Season
The film industry finds itself in the thick of slow season, a period packed with cooler temperatures, varying demand and overall financial uncertainty. Which strategies and services are shops leaning on? Window Film magazine caught up with owners in Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, New Mexico and Colorado for a countrywide check-in.
Visit windowfilmmag.com and enter “unfazed” into the Search box to locate this story
For the full stories, go to windowfilmmag.com and enter the keywords into the search bar. While there, stay up with all the Window Film News by signing up for our free weekly e-newsletter.
FutureVu’s Future Outlook
FutureVu Brands Inc. is based in Marietta, Ga., and houses several subsidiaries. Two of those subsidiaries—Impact Security LLC and CoolVu™—are in the news.
Impact Security Acquires MTI Shield in Arizona
Impact Security acquired MTI Shield LLC of Glendale, Ariz., in an all-stock deal. Additional financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Impact Security manufactures specialty security glass and glazing systems, sold under the DefenseLite® and BulletShield™ trade names. MTI Shield is a manufacturing company specializing in custom-engineered glass and glazing systems. Serving the western half of the United States, MTI Shield had been a licensed fabricator for Impact Security since 2019.
Jeff Franson, who has functioned as president of Impact Security since 2016, will step aside and welcome Mark Mineer to the leadership role. “An engineer by trade, Mark has all the tools needed to fuel the next stage of growth for Impact,” Franson says. “He is an innovator and a true business operator who is passionate about Impact’s core mission of protecting people and property from criminal acts such as smash-and-grab and active shooter attacks. I look forward to working alongside Mark and doing whatever is needed to help him and the Impact team succeed.”
While leading at MTI Shield, Mineer facilitated the evolution of the DefenseLite and BulletShield product lines, according to the release. Before launching MTI Shield, Mineer was the founder and CEO of Metro Tint of Glendale, Ariz.
“I am honored by the opportunity to lead Impact Security as the company looks to the future,” Mineer says. “Since its inception, Impact has revolutionized the world of retrofit glazing systems. We will continue that legacy as we move forward.”
CoolVu Becomes a Franchisor
CoolVu launched a new franchise opportunity to promote glass and surface solutions. This venture, led by franchise industry veteran Mike Herrera, will enhance accessibility to energy, security, smart glass, surface protection and resurfacing options to an expanding U.S. architectural market, according to the release.
CoolVu franchisees will operate in protected territories, supported by sales and marketing programs. The company says this opportunity will empower franchisees to establish their businesses while relying on corporate support to help fulfill supply and inventory demands.
Chris Collier is the assistant editor for WindoW Film magazine. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Facebook.
To view the laid-in version of this article in our digital edition, CLICK HERE.