“What a great night with many of our colleagues in the collision repair industry,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “There was racing excitement in beautifully branded race cars under the lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chip Foose waved the green flag, top painters from around the country showed off custom helmets for each driver and it all benefited an important cause---providing scholarships and tool grants for military members who want to work in the collision repair industry. This was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event that engaged many of our collision repair industry’s leading companies in a race for an amazing trophy---and bragging rights. We’re honored to have everyone’s support.”
The partners in the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 included 3M Commercial Solutions Division, which provided the graphic film for the cars; TriMaxx Graphics, which printed the film; Graphix GearWerks, which handled the installation; and NASCAR Racing Experience, which provided the race cars and managed the on-track event.
“The 3M Hire Our Heroes program has been an incredible initiative that will help launch a rewarding career for our scholarship and tool grant recipients and benefit our industry overall,” said Clark Plucinski, executive director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “The generosity of the industry in supporting this program is heartwarming, and they are playing a critical role in building the success of our industry for years to come.”
This is the sixth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated more than $1.2 million to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 330 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.