Meguiar’s Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the 3M Company) has come to the aid of 676 secondary and post-secondary collision programs across the country by donating sets of their Unigrit Fine Grade Blending and Finishing Discs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The donation, in total equaling a retail value of $600,000, will ease collision department budgets by providing students the opportunity to work with up-to-date supplies. The gift from Meguiar’s helped the largest amount of schools in one donation in the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s history.
"Since 2008, 3M has provided over $2 million in product donations to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, and these have greatly impacted instructor’s ability to properly instruct collision students," said Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Scott Kruger. "On behalf of collision students and instructors nationwide, we thank Meguiar’s and 3M for their continued support and invite additional collision industry businesses to follow 3M’s lead in providing product donations to secondary and post-secondary collision school programs."
Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, Va.) Collision Repair Instructor Geoffrey Brown said, "Thank you so much for Meguiar’s very generous donation. These sorts of donations really help our program by being able to expose our students to products and techniques that we could not afford to provide out of our limited budget. The students are already excited about being able to get to use them and are now looking forward to next semester where I am sure we will put them to good use. Thank you Meguiar’s!"
"Being able to assist in the development of our nation’s young professionals is an extremely gratifying feeling and one that our company is proud to be able to take part in," said John Dillon, global vice president of Meguiar’s Professional and Marine Division. "We are excited at the ability of collision repair students that are supported by this foundation to have the opportunity to have firsthand experience with our product and to learn the proper techniques to use them. It is a complete win-win opportunity for everyone involved."
Industry members and companies interested in supporting secondary and post-secondary school’s collision programs through monetary and/or in-kind product donations should contact Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at [email protected]rg or 847-463-5244.