We have discussed what you need to look for in a vinyl wrap company, and in that discussion, being 3M preferred was mentioned. But what does it really mean to be a 3M preferred installer? I am going to explain what it means, and how our installer, Dale Pitts, became 3M preferred.
What does it mean to be 3M Preferred?
Professional Installers who pass one of 3M's rigorous tests earn the title 3M Preferred Installer in their specific application type. Installers with this distinction are recognized by 3M for their skills.
What tests did Dale Pitts take?
Dale is certified in two of the 3M preferred categories. First, he is a 3M Fleet Graphics
Preferred Installer. This means Fleet Graphics Preferred Installers have the skills and accreditation to install printed graphics on your fleet vehicles; buses, vans, trailers, trucks, taxis, etc. Being accredited in this way means that the accredited:
Carry’s liability insurance (verified by 3M once per year with current employer).
Passes a rigorous hands-on and written test at the 3M Company, St Paul, MN test facility or one of several 3M Authorized test facilities. The test includes graphics applied to surfaces such as: floors, walls, textured walls, trailers and vans/autos.
Second, Dale is a 3M Windows, Walls & Floors Preferred Installer.
This means Installers with a Windows, Walls & Floors accreditation can transform your space with a variety of graphics. Being Accredited in this way means that the accredited:
Carry's liability insurance (verified by 3M once per year).
Passes a rigorous hands-on and written test at the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN or at one of several 3M Authorized facilities. The test includes applying 3M films to substrates like smooth and textured walls, floors and windows.
Where can I find a list that shows that Dale is accredited?
If you go to 3M's website, or click here you will be able to search any location for a 3M preferred installer. In the search, under our zip code of 30144, Dale's information will be in the list of 3M Preferred installers.
Who is 3M, and why do I care?
When 3M began in 1902, our five founders had a simple goal: to mine for corundum, a mineral ideal for making sandpaper and grinding wheels. Turns out, what they thought was corundum was really another low-grade mineral called anorthosite.
Discovering the poor-quality mineral could have caused an early end to our fledgling company, but our founders persisted. Why? Because something more important was born that first year: the spirit of innovation and collaboration that forms the foundation of 3M today. So instead of calling it quits, we turned to different materials, applied them to other products, gained the trust of important investors and built up sales little by little.
Scientific, technical and marketing innovations produced success upon success over the years, eventually making 3M a constant name on the Fortune 500 list. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries. One third of our sales come from products invented within the past five years, thanks to innovations from the thousands of researchers and scientists we employ around the world.
With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in 200, we are committed to creating the technology and products that advance every company, enhance every home and improve every life.