DOW AUTOMOTIVE ASKS: ARE YOU READY FOR THE AUTO GLASS
Auburn Hills, Mich., September 19, 2006 - With the second annual
Auto Glass Technician Olympics right around the corner, Dow Automotive
Technical Manager, Aftermarket, Dale Malcolm wants to make sure every
entrant is prepared with the most up-to-date training and certification
- and that everybody else is fired up to see this exciting and educational
Sponsored by AGRR Magazine, the Independent Glass Association, and 13
supporting sponsor companies, the competition will be held November 1-3
during the International Autobody Congress & Exposition at the Mandalay
Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
"This competition is a great way for the industry to emphasize the
importance of training and professionalism," Malcolm said. "Competitors
earn points for up-to-date training and certification, and it isn't too
late for those using Dow Automotive products to contact us for last-minute
Malcolm said entrants can contact their Dow Automotive representative
or the Dayton, Ohio, office at 1-800-453-3779 to make arrangements for
the refresher training program that has brought 16,000 technicians up
to date since 1999.
"AGRR and IGA did a great job of organizing this event last year.
It was a first-time event, and they hit a home run," Malcolm said.
He praised the Olympics' concept, which emphasizes quality and professionalism
over speed. Judging is based on 84 items worth 110 points. Speed is only
considered as a tiebreaker.
Entrants are allowed to choose the adhesives, primers and other products
and tools they want to use. Malcolm said a big part of his role is to
make sure Olympians who choose Dow Automotive products have everything
they need on hand at the competition.
Malcolm noted that the top four finishers in 2005 all chose Dow Automotive
Competition takes place on the convention floor November 2 (preliminary
heats) and 3 (finals and awards). "I'd urge every installer at the
show to stop by and see this competition in progress. I guarantee you'll
learn something you can take home and use."
Dow Automotive is a leading supplier of plastics, adhesives, sealants
and other plastics-enhanced products for interior, exterior, under-the-hood,
vehicle body structure and acoustical management applications. The organization
serves global tier, OEM and aftermarket customers. With offices and application
development centers around the world, Dow Automotive provides materials
science expertise and comprehensive technical capabilities to its customers
worldwide. For additional information about Dow Automotive products and
services, visit www.dowautomotiveaftermarket.com.
For more information on the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, go to www.glassexpos.com/agto.php.