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PermaPlate Welcomes Michael Stevens as Vice President of Technology


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – PermaPlate, a leading source of automotive protection products and world-class warranty administration, announced a new addition to the company’s Information Technology team.  Michael Stevens was named VP of Technology.

In his new role, Stevens will assess existing and new technology in conjunction with the needs of PermaPlate, and its affiliates, and implement those processes necessary to remain a leader in the automotive industry.

Stevens has been architecting, implementing, and administering world class information systems for more than 20 years with companies like 3COM, Ancestry.com, and AccessData. In addition, he has spent over a decade developing cutting-edge data collection and analytics tools while serving as CIO, CTO, and COO for a global computer forensics company. Most recently, Stevens served as CIO for Domega, a data acquisition and aggregation business in Orem, Utah. In his free time, he serves on multiple executive advisory boards for the technology departments at Utah Valley University.

“Michael has extensive technology experience that will be leveraged to continue to streamline internal processes and deliver superior solutions to our customers and dealers,” said PermaPlate President John Nisson.

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Siskin Enterprises, Inc. Passes External Audit, Maintaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification Through 2017


Salt Lake City, Utah – Siskin Enterprises, Inc., the manufacturer of PermaPlate Products, has successfully completed an annual surveillance audit as part of the company’s ongoing ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The ISO 9001:2008 Standard focuses on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus and continual improvement. By reaffirming their commitment to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard, Siskin Enterprises, Inc. strengthens their position as a strategic partner in the automotive industry. Customers can be confident that their needs will be clearly understood and fulfilled.

“Maintaining our ISO 9001:2008 certification is a unique and key focus for our company. It is important for our partners to know that our internal processes are geared toward consistently delivering superior products and a positive customer experience”, said John Nisson, President of Siskin Enterprises, Inc.

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A Closer Look at Eco-Friendly Products


When it comes to the term “eco friendly” everyone has their own definition of what, exactly, that means. It can range anywhere from simply being lower in volatile organic compounds (VOC) than in the past, to products that are fully biodegradable and/or water soluble. So, we thought we would go to the sources of eco-friendly products to see what is available and how they are each defining and presenting their products.

While traditionally, eco regulations for the automotive industry are thought of in terms of vehicle emissions, they apply to F&I products as well. All products sold in the United States have to meet a certain level of VOCs – the Clean Air Act, first implemented in 1970, set the bar for VOC compounds. According to EPA statistics that act has resulted in a reduction of emissions from six of the most common pollutants by 68% in the time since it was enacted – and that’s while vehicle miles traveled have increased 167% and the population has increased 52%. Vehicle emissions are certainly a big part of that, but F&I products have also contributed to those statistics.

To meet the EPA standards, there is not a requirement for any product, including those sold through the F&I office, to use a specific technology, process or chemical. The standard is based on emissions performance levels set by the EPA for each industry and product category. They can continue to update those standards for the future based on data they collect and examine on a regular basis – the regulations in place that require OEMs to meet specific vehicle emission requirements in future decades are created using the same processes used to set and monitor the VOC levels in F&I products. States, as well, are authorized under the same Clean Air Act to set their own standards that can, in cases such as California, be far stricter than in other parts of the country. For detailed technical information, broken out by industry and product segment, visit www.epa.gov, where the current standards are all available to download, as well as proposed updates and new rules the EPA is considering.

Today’s eco-friendly F&I products, however, are looking to go beyond simply meeting the minimum requirements set by the EPA standards. In fact, our respondents, whose answers are below, all listed being totally VOC-free as a top requirement for their eco product lines, rather than simply staying at or below federal levels. Other factors can include how the waste materials are disposed, or using water-based chemicals, instead of the traditional solvents.

But all of them noted that the traditional belief that “eco” means a trade off in performance is no longer the case. They all noted, across the board, that today’s eco products perform as well, or better, than their traditional counterparts. Better technologies have allowed manufacturers to create formulas that don’t require giving anything up in order to be environmentally friendly. In fact, many of the providers below noted that they advise F&I managers to sell on the performance of the products first – the eco-friendly benefits are, in many cases, a secondary benefit.

This is the biggest growth area for these products, the providers noted. There is a huge market for products that deliver on both the performance and eco-friendly promises, and getting past that older mindset is, they agreed, one of the opportunities they are exploring across the board.

Eco Product Roundup

EckBond Performance Coatings

EckBond Performance Coatings
Tim Whittaker, President

Can you give me a bit of your company history?

Danny Raymondo has a long history in the automotive industry from his grandfather, who started Granitize products in 1953, to his Dad Tony Raymondo Jr. who founded Xzilon in 2004. Danny took his experience that he had from his grandfather and father and went on a mission to develop a product that not only is eco-friendly but also out performs traditional high VOC products.

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EcoProProducts

EcoProProducts
Jerry Biller, President

Can you give me a bit of your company history?

EcoProProducts is a revolutionary protection company that is leveraging high performance, eco-friendly products that are substantiated through science and testing.

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PermaPlate

PermaPlate
John Nisson, COO

Can you give me a bit of your company history?

Founded in 1978 by Willard (Bill) Nisson who saw a demand in the industry for someone who stood behind their products and the protection they offered. Finishing school at Utah State University and working part time at a local dealership, Bill did a project on the business concept in his senior marketing class. His professor saw immediate merit in the idea for the company and connect him with the dean of the University of Utah School of Business, Blaine Huntsman, who served as chairman of Huntsman Container Corp and had ties into Huntsman Chemical Co. Through this connection Bill received his initial capital investment and additional knowledge necessary to get the company off the ground.

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Xzilon

Xzilon
Daniel Jones, Director of Sales

Can you give me a bit of your company history?

Xzilon is the benchmark for high performance appearance products, drawing from its affiliate company’s rich experience since the 1930s. Xzilon, originally used in the aviation industry, was introduced into the automotive arena in 2004. Xzilon Green was launched at the NADA convention this year in Orlando.

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PermaPlate


John Nisson, COO

Can you give me a bit of your company history? How did you become involved in the Eco Product category?
Founded in 1978 by Willard (Bill) Nisson who saw a demand in the industry for someone who stood behind their products and the protection they offered. Finishing school at Utah State University and working part time at a local dealership, Bill did a project on the business concept in his senior marketing class. His professor saw immediate merit in the idea for the company and connect him with the dean of the University of Utah School of Business, Blaine Huntsman, who served as chairman of Huntsman Container Corp and had ties into Huntsman Chemical Co. Through this connection Bill received his initial capital investment and additional knowledge necessary to get the company off the ground.

What are your top reasons behind offering Eco Products?
Consumer Demand – We continue to strive to produce offerings that best protect the customer’s investment in a responsible manner.

What are the top three differences between a product marketed as an Eco Product and a more traditional offering? Do you also offer the more traditional equivalent products or is the Eco Product the only one in that category?
The difference comes down to R&D, and making sure that our formulas have been designed to minimize or eliminate aspects that might be considered to have adverse effects to the environment and/or users of the products. Staying on top of the ever-changing regulations is very important to us. We want to make sure we are going above and beyond any regulations to make sure all products we offer are environmentally friendly to all parties involved, from our own team of manufacturing specialists all the way to the end consumer users. We consider all of our products eco-friendly.

Are Eco Products for everyone, or is pricing such that the customer must be prepared to pay a premium for it?
We consider Eco-Products important to all customers.

How do you advise the F&I Manager to identify likely Eco customers, and how should they present the Eco product?
We have spent much time to ensure that, like traditional appearance protection products, our eco-products continue to offer the same benefits, however giving additional peace of mind that they are safe for the consumer, their loved ones and the environment.

What is your primary sales channel? How do you market to that channel?
Our primary sales channel is long standing agent/agency relationships. We have an active sales team that is continuing to search the country for the strongest agencies to embrace our programs.

Do the regulations differ at all for Eco Products versus other traditional offerings?
Many states do regulate protective products that are applied to vehicles. We anticipate many more doing so in the near future.

In your opinion, where is the greatest growth potential for the Eco Product category?
There are many opportunities for growth potential, however the greatest would be in the realization that these products are needed by virtually all consumers, and provide much more value than other products categories.

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