October 14, 2014

Discover Madico's New EasyEnergySavingTips.com Website


Madico Window Films recently launched a new website designed for consumers, EasyEnergySavingTips.com. This new website is dedicated to providing solutions to help people save energy in their homes, their businesses, and their automobiles.

We encourage you to regularly visit this new website as it is updated multiple times each week. You will discover information and tips ranging from recommendations on energy saving apps for your smartphone to energy efficiency rebates and incentives for your home, and much more!

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October 06, 2014

IWFA Brings Sleep Study on Windows & Daylight to the Attention of the Public


SleepWe have all experienced trouble falling or staying asleep at some point in our lives. But did you know that the amount of daylight you are exposed to during the day could have an impact on your sleep at night?  The International Window Film Association (IWFA) recently brought a sleep study on this topic to the attention of the public.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggests that architectural design of office environments should place more emphasis on sufficient daylight exposure for workers to support their productivity, health and well-being. The study can be found here: Sleep Study.

Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA explained in the organization’s press release, “Letting in abundant daylight into offices is very much desired, but may present a real problem for those who don’t want to have harmful UV rays, glare and hotspots negatively impacting their workers’ comfort and health, said Smith.”  Despite the myths that window film makes indoor spaces dark, window films can let in ample natural sunlight without the downside risks of harmful UV rays that can damage the skin and eyes, cause hotspots, glare and lead to higher energy costs,” he added.

Now that you have science to back you up, request that workspace with the view!

September 17, 2014

Madico Window Films Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Madico Window Films gets in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Bob Connelly nominated both the Woburn and St. Petersburg facilities to participate and donate money to the cause.

Shawn Kitchell, Sr. VP of Operations, along with some members of the management team (Melanie, Shawn, Tim, John, Andrew and Chris) participated on Madico Window Films behalf. Between the employees at both plants and Madico’s contribution we raised over $1,000 to donate to the ALS Association.

 

September 03, 2014

ASIS International 2014 Exhibit & Seminar


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Madico Window Films is busy preparing for the upcoming ASIS International Show taking place September 29 – October 2, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Exhibiting at ASIS 2014 brings us face to face with high-level security practitioners from across vertical industries—end users from the public and private sectors, as well as systems integrators, consultants, dealers, and distributors who are looking for the best solutions for their organizations and new business opportunities.

We will be joining more than 20,000 security professionals in Atlanta for this exciting event. Attendees will benefit from the collective experience, wisdom, and expertise of those who face similar challenges while expanding their personal and professional network.

Madico Window Films is proud to be contributing to this exciting event and to have the opportunity to educate such a large audience on the benefits of our safety and security film products for their business or organization.  We will be showcasing our extensive line of safety and security films at our newly designed SafetyShield booth.  We can’t wait to impress the attendees with our innovative product designs, visit us at Booth #3361!

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August 20, 2014

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Underway, Learn How to Help Protect Seas Turtles with Window Film


Sea turtle nesting season is underway and so are many people's summer vacations. We wanted to offer a reminder regarding the precautions that need to be taken to help keep these precious animals out of harm's way. Please check out our post below that was first published in November 2010.

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Protecting and preserving sea turtles is an impassioned movement throughout the world. Florida, in particular, has implemented several ordinances in order to help further protect sea turtles from a variety of factors that lead to their decline.

In coastal communities, sea turtles crawl onto the beach at night and lay their nests. These spectacular creatures are naturally drawn towards the light of the horizon from the reflection off the water. As beachfront communities have developed, the artificial lighting confuses the sea turtles, ultimately disorienting them. Because this attraction to light is instinctive, emerging hatchlings also become quickly disoriented.

As these sea turtles head towards the light source intended to lead them back to the ocean, they get confused and head towards street lights and glowing lights from store fronts and residences. This confusion deters the sea turtles from nesting and can lead to an unnecessary death for these endangered creatures by getting preyed upon by fire ants, ghost crabs and birds, hit by cars, or dehydrated.

The Florida Model Lighting and Marine Turtle Protection ordinance, was created with the intent to establish guidelines to help protect wayward sea turtles in coastal areas from the affects of artificial lighting and to help improve the overall nesting habitats for sea turtles and their hatchlings. This ordinance includes proper lighting and the use of window tint to shield light transmission from store fronts and residences.

In addition to the beachfront lighting regulations, the ordinance requires that: “Tinted glass shall be installed on all windows and glass doors of single or multi-story structures within line-of-sight of the beach.”

Specifics to the definition of tinted glass includes: “…any glass treated to achieve an industry-approved, inside-to-outside light transmittance value of 45% or less and limited to the visible spectrum.”

  If you find yourself in a coastal town, there are ways to help! By turning off any unnecessary lights, closing windows and blinds and refraining from using flashlights or camera flashes, you are contributing to the preservation of these magnificent creatures.

If you live or work beachfront, take simple steps to plant vegetation which will buffer the light source and the beach. Also, apply professional window tint to your home or business. The professional application of window film, such as Sun-Gard, will keep the light on the inside of your home or business from brightly transmitting through the windows.

Baby-sea-turtles According to an article written by Katherine Butler on the Coastal Protection of Sea Turtles in Florida, “the artificial beachfront lighting problem may be the most manageable of the human-caused sea turtle disturbances.”

 Globally, there are seven species of sea turtles that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Threats to sea turtles today include the harvesting of their eggs for human consumption, entanglement and entrapment in fishing gear, ingestion of litter and coastal development.

For more information on sea turtle preservation and how you can help, visit the NOAA Office of Protected Species. Read more about the Florida Model Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle Protection here.

August 14, 2014

Madico Window Films Supports the 2014 International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off


Logo_wfct_2014Madico Window Films is busy preparing for the upcoming International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off taking place in Baltimore, Maryland October 7-9, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We are an Emerald Sponsor this year and look forward to meeting with our current customers as well as those who wish to learn more about our products.

Now in its 14th year, the IWFC and Tint-Off™ is sponsored, organized, and managed exclusively by Window Film magazine. The event provides attendees with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with industry suppliers and manufacturers to learn about the latest products for the window film market. Attendees will also be able to view the attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions as contestants vie for first place and the gold medal in each of the film divisions.

Madico has sponsored two tinters in the competition, Craig Pengelly of Craig’s Car Care in Langley, British Columbia and Jeremy Shapiro of High Impact Glass Solutions in Largo, Florida. We also have a number of other loyal customers participating in the competition. The Tint-Off’s bring together tinters from around the world to showcase their skills and compete for the cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Industry veterans judge the competitors’ tint installations as well as their procedures, safety, cleanliness and customer interaction. It is also a chance to learn from other professionals, execute quality installations, pick up innovative techniques and of course compete for the chance to hold the title of “World’s Best Architectural or Automotive Window Film Tinter” and new this year “World’s Best Paint Protection Installer.”

We look forward to meeting with our valued dealers at this year’s show. Contact us for a free pass to walk the tradeshow floor by emailing, windowfilm@madico.com. Please plan to visit the Madico Window Films booth, #405!

July 14, 2014

Madico Window Films Featured in Florida's Business Observer Newspaper


Madico Window Films was recently featured in The Business Observer, a weekly newspaper for business leaders on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The article entitled, "Window Watchers," gives a glimpse into Madico's 90,000 square feet manufacturing facility and window film operations in St. Petersburg, FL.

Check out the full article on The Business Observer's website.

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Photo by Mark Wemple. Madico Window Films executives Shawn Kitchell and Jeffrey Plummer have worked to upgrade Madico’s coating and finishing operations to clean-room environments and reduce 350 tons of packaging waste in the last couple years.

July 11, 2014

Sun-Gard Sales Representative Dave Metcalf had plenty to Celebrate this Independence Day


Dave Metcalf, Sun-Gard Sales Representative for the Northeast,  was a proud father this Independence Day. His son, Eric Metcalf, Chief Warrant Officer Level 4, is retiring from the Army after 25 years of service and his grandson Mike Metcalf has just enlisted in the Navy.  Eric has had a very illustrious career starting in the Navy during the first Gulf War and then switching to the Army so he could fly Blackhawk helicopters. He has completed five combat deployments and will be flying medical flight helicopters out of Dallas, TX when he retires in a couple of weeks.

Seaman Mike Metcalf, Dave’s grandson, recently graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and is now attending nuclear submarine training school in South Carolina for the next couple of years. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Dave is very proud of both of them.  

The photo below was taken of Eric while he was flying the Blackhawk helicopter in the first Transformers movie. He is the one standing behind the monitor with the ball cap with a helicopter on it. Also in the photo are the stars of the movie Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel (wearing camo) and the director, Michael Bay (sitting).

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April 30, 2014

Sun-Gard Commemorates National Window Film Day


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Today, April 30th, is the inaugural National Window Film Day!  As a leading manufacturer in the industry, we are honored to have this day recognized and celebrated.

Here at Madico Window films we chose to commemorate National Window Film Day by honoring those that have helped develop our industry over the years - our valued film dealers.  Dealers play a vital role in the success of the window film industry by sharing their knowledge and selling the benefits of window film at the consumer level.  Through our dealers, Madico’s films have helped to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of homes and work spaces throughout the country. To express our appreciation, we offered free commemorative National Window Film Day hats to film dealers.

In addition to our own recognition of the day, a recent press release issued by the IWFA stated, “Top elected officials across the nation are proclaiming April 30th as National Window Film Day. The purpose is to help educate consumers and commercial building owners about a solution to save energy and gain health and safety benefits.”  

We look forward to celebrating National Window Film Day on April 30th for years to come as well as the day serving as a reminder for our industry to continue to spread the word regarding the many benefits of window film. 

Since 1935, Madico has been at the forefront of window film innovation. Highlights of the innovations Madico has made in the window film industry over the past 80 years can be viewed on our new timeline.

March 31, 2014

Sun-Gard Products Featured at Courage Film Fest Seminars


Courage Distributing, Inc. has been the exclusive distributor of Sun-Gard Solar Control products in Canada for over 20 years. As part of their commitment to their customers, the company hosts its own Courage Film Fest seminars in Toronto and Vancouver each year. The seminars bring together manufacturer representatives, dealers and installers for a day of educational sessions, business forums, product demonstrations, tint-off competitions and networking.

We recently attended the Toronto event and showcased our full line of Sun-Gard automotive, commercial and residential films. Our Sun-Gard film products were also provided for the automotive and architectural tint-off competitions along with manufacturer support for the contestants. 

A Sun-Gard vehicle was on site for installers to try their hand at heat shrinking various Sun-Gard products on an actual car window. Film Fest attendees were also able to stop by the Sun-Gard booth and meet with manufacturer representatives to learn more about our company’s film lines, dealer marketing support, exclusive dealer programs, and more.

This year’s Film Fest was a great success with over 300 attendees. The Madico team enjoyed meeting with window film dealers representing locations from across Canada.  As always, our valued partner Courage Distributing did an excellent job of creating an informative and fun industry event that we were proud to be a part of.

If you are in the Vancouver, Canada area you can stop by the upcoming Film Fest on April 6. For more information visit Courage’s website.

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