Eastman Donates 400 lbs. of Plastic to Help PHCC 3-D Print Protective Gear

This week, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) received a donation of 450 pounds of double-laminated seven-millimeter film from Eastman in Martinsville, Va.

PHCC recently launched an initiative to produce hundreds of face shields for health care providers in its Fab Lab at the Dalton IDEA Center. The college had several rolls of appropriate plastic in stock to create the base of the shield, but did not have enough clear plastic on hand to create the face coverings. The college reached out to Eastman to see if it had the necessary plastic to create a face shield. Eastman did not have any plastic thick enough for a face shield, and according to the company, it quickly developed a creative solution. Within 72 hours, Eastman’s team figured out how to use the materials they had on hand and began producing a product that would fit the need.

Eastman then presented the college with 1,000 feet of the specially designed plastic. From this one donation, the college estimates it will be able to make over 400 face shields.

“We’re extremely proud to partner with Patrick Henry Community College for this important cause,” said Steve DuVal, Eastman Martinsville operation site director.

College technicians say it will only take a few seconds for its laser cutting machine to turn a plastic sheet into a face shield. The base of the face shield – which the college is producing using 3-D printers – takes about four hours to print.

“We believe this whole event showcases how strong the Martinsville community is – how we can come together to support one another in a time of need,” says PHCC workforce and community development vice president, Rhonda Hodges.

IWFA Gives an Industry Update

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) recently announced an update on government programs that can aid members of the industry. The association’s physical office is closed and work is currently being done from home offices, according to the IWFA.

The association provided summaries for some of the programs being rolled out on the federal and state levels to assist businesses and employees with their current financial burdens due to COVID-19. The IWFA highlighted the following:

  • General Advice for Individual Member Companies

The IWFA recommends individual member companies: print out copies of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, post in key areas of the business and give it to staff to read and take home to share. Companies should also tell its employees they have the right to ask the customer if they are feeling well if they go out on a sales call or to perform an installation, according to the IWFA.

  • Delay of Federal Tax Filings and Payments

The Treasury Department announced a three-month automatic postponement for filing federal income tax returns and making federal income tax payments.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The FFCRA was signed into law on March 18, 2020. All of the benefits may expire on December 31, 2020. It is primarily for emergency paid leave from work. Full-time employees can get up to 80 hours of paid leave, which would be covered by the US Government (not a monetary burden on employers). The maximum benefit is $511 per day, or a total of $5,110.

  • Canadian Program

Canada offers an economic rescue program totaling more than $50 billion for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program aimed at helping unemployed workers.

  • CARES Act

The largest stimulus program in U.S. history called the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the CARES Act includes an expansion of unemployment benefits, direct payments to taxpayers and hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to companies, hospitals and state and local governments.

According to the terms in the CARES Act, Americans will receive a one-time direct deposit of up to $1,200, and married couples will get $2,400, plus an additional $500 per child. The payments will be available for incomes up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples. This is true even for those who have no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from non-taxable, means-tested benefit programs, such as Social Security.

The Act also extends unemployment insurance through December 31, 2020 for eligible workers and grants an additional $600 per week on top of what state programs pay for four months. It will apply to traditional workers as well as those who are self-employed and 1099 contract workers. The CARES Act waives the 10% early retirement withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 for coronavirus-related purposes, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020

Small Business Loans

$350 billion is being dedicated to prevent layoffs and business closures while workers have to stay home during the outbreak. Companies with 500 employees or fewer that maintain their payroll during coronavirus can receive up to 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance. If employers maintain payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven.

Bob Smar to Retire from Madico

Madico, Inc. (Madico) recently announced Bob Smar will retire on March 31, 2020, after more than 35 years in the industry.

Bob Smar

Smar most recently served as Madico’s director of diversified business sales and was responsible for growing the company’s sales worldwide in the ProtectionPro on-demand device protection, government film contract and strategic, key account sectors.

“Bob’s career has been truly remarkable, and he has been our go-to guy for a long time,” said Jeffrey Plummer, Madico sales and marketing senior vice president. “His knowledge, hard work and dedication will be missed throughout the organization for some time to come.”

George Marsh to Retire From FDC Graphic Film

FDC Graphic Films, Inc. (FDC) announced George Marsh, business development vice president, will retire effective May 1, 2020, after 35 years in the industry.

Marsh has been a key member of the FDC senior management team for over 14 years, in several roles, according to the company.

Marsh is retiring in northeast Ohio, which is closer to family and friends. His plans include traveling with his wife, golfing, helping their son and daughter with projects, as well as volunteering.

Patrick Powers

Over the next six weeks, Marsh will be working together with the incoming business development vice president, Patrick Powers. Powers joins FDC with over seven years of sales, product management, and business development experience.

SunTek is the 2020 PPF for Porsche Club of America Club Racing

Eastman Performance Films announced that SunTek is the official paint protection film (PPF) for Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing for a second year. The company says it is proud of this connection between SunTek, its technologically advanced paint protection film brand, and PCA Club Racing, a Porsche Club of America program offering racing and rallies for passionate Porsche owners across Canada and the U.S.

“In 2019, we started a one of a kind sponsorship with PCA to further engage with Porsche owners and educate them about the benefits of the unique technology of SunTek PPF,” said Darrell Reed, commercial director, Eastman Performance Films. “2019 gave us face-to-face contact with thousands of people at PCA events, where Porsche enthusiasts were able to see firsthand the benefits of SunTek’s technology and how it maintains a flawless finish. PCA and SunTek are a great match, and we are honored that PCA pursued the continuation of this exciting relationship.”

The film is a self-healing, virtually invisible layer of defense against rocks, sand, salt, insects, and other road debris, the company adds.

“We are a club that encourages its members to Get Out and Drive their Porsches on the road and the track, as they were intended,” said Vu Nguyen, executive director of Porsche Club of America. “Having SunTek at our events has been incredibly educational for our members to better understand the differences between various PPF brands in the industry and the importance of choosing the right installer.”