Monday, November 7, 2016

3M 'Hire our Heroes' auction
raised over $3800 at SEMA 2016

At the 2016 SEMA Show, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD)  featured a special 3M “Salute to Freedom” Showcase sponsored by 3M™ Accuspray™ Spray Gun with PPS™ Paint Preparation System. The speed shapes, all painted using the Accuspray™ System, featured custom-designed paint schemes honoring the nation’s military members.
Thanks to some of the  automotive industry’s top car designers and painters, including Chip Foose, Charley Hutton, Mark Oja, Rich Evans, KandyNChrome, Lugo Customs, Martin Brothers Customs, Coast Airbrush, Xecution Style, House of Kolor and West Coast Customs, the auction raised $3,805 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which administers the 3M Hire Our Heroes program.

left to right: Rich Evans, Mike Taylor, Ryan Templeton. Kyle Morely and Shorty Ponce

“3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) has been an incredible supporter of high school and college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” noted Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Executive Director Clark Plucinski. “The 3M Hire Our Heroes program has been a great success in assisting military veterans and their family members studying collision repair and the ‘Salute to Freedom’ Showcase is a new creative way to highlight the program. We would like to thank those who participated in the auction and for 3M’s continued support.”

In 2017, 3M AAD will mark the fifth year of the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, and is continuing an innovative way for shops to get involved -- the 2017 3M Hire Our Heroes Calendar.  With a $200 donation to the CREF, shops will not only be giving to a worthy cause, they will also receive the commemorative calendar which contains a total of approximately $1,700 worth of monthly deals on 3M products.  In 2016, the initiative raised $210,000 for scholarships and tool grants.

The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families. In addition, 3M is a national board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program. 

3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members.  Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit

To make a donation and get a 2017 3M Hire Our Heroes calendar visit
Information and photo for this article provided by Debby Robinson Victory Management Group PR

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