3M Names Winner of its “Wrap to Win a Roush” Contest at Surprise Ceremony
Tom Trutna, owner of Big Ink in Eagan‚ MN‚ expected a routine sales call from 3M’s Joe Gonsior on Monday‚ April 13.
St. Paul‚ Minn. – Tom Trutna‚ owner of Big Ink in Eagan‚ MN‚ expected a routine sales call from 3M’s Joe Gonsior on Monday‚ April 13. Instead‚ Trutna was greeted by cameras and cheers as 3M announced that his company had won the 3M Graphics Market Center’s “Wrap to Win a Roush” Contest. Trutna was handed the keys to a 2009 Stage 3 Roush Ford Mustang‚ worth over $50‚000.
To win this 415-horsepower high-performance vehicle specially engineered by Roush-Fenway Industries‚ graphics manufacturers were invited to submit their best vehicle wraps for consideration. From a pool of hundreds of entries‚ the field was narrowed to 25 finalists and the winning wrap was then selected by a panel of qualified judges from the Society for Environmental Graphics Design and the Small Business Administration. The vehicle was sponsored by 3M Authorized Distributors and made available courtesy of the 3M Graphics Market Center and Roush-Fenway Industries.
Big Ink’s winning design was applied to the company’s Toyota Prius’ to promote its business and eco-friendly solutions. The wraps generated four times the normal hits to the Big Ink website (www.inkbig.com) and garnered local and national news media‚ including “green” media coverage.
“We use 3M products exclusively for our vehicle wrap projects because it ensures that we will not have material-related problems or claims‚” said Trutna. “3M vehicle graphics are time-proven to perform before‚ during and after installation. Knowing that 3M has fully researched and tested its products before bringing them to market allows us and our customers to rest easy.”
To be considered for the contest‚ a wrap must have incorporated 3M products including any combination of the following 3M media and overlaminates:
- 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive IJ180C
- 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v2 Adhesive IJ180Cv2
- 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3
- 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3
- 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film IJ380
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Perforated Window Graphic Film IJ8171
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8519
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Optically Clear Overlaminate 8914
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8580
Judging criteria included the aesthetic appeal of the wrap‚ use of space and the professionalism of the installation and the impact or expected impact of the wrap for the end user/brand owner.
For the purposes of the contest‚ a wrap was defined as at least 75 percent graphic coverage of the vehicle body. Window graphics were optional but encouraged where appropriate. A “vehicle” was defined as any passenger car‚ van or truck—no straight trucks‚ semi-trailers‚ buses or trains.
To see video and photos of the surprise award presentation and to see the 24 semi-finalist vehicles in the “Wrap to win a Roush” Contest‚ visit .
3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total large-format graphics solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ inks and toners‚ as well as software and hardware used to create large-format finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. For more information call 1-800-328-3908‚ or go to www.3Mgraphics.com.