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3M, CREF ready to race to support veterans through the 3M Hire Our Heroes Program in 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 07:00
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3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, is putting its effort to provide collision repair education opportunities for military members into high gear this year, launching the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
On Tuesday, October 30 during the 2018 SEMA Show, representatives from top MSO and independent collision repair companies will compete in NASCAR stock cars from the NASCAR Racing Experience for bragging rights as the fastest collision repair professional in the industry.  And, the winner will be presented the race trophy by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richard Petty on Wednesday at SEMA.

The field will feature 24 spots for competitors who donate $5,000 or more to the Collision Repair Education Foundation for the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign.  The first 10 donors who donate $8,000 or more will drive a car wrapped in their own company branding.  All competitors will receive a custom commemorative race helmet autographed by Chip Foose and Richard Petty.
 
Already, Gerber Collision & Glass, Camden Body & Fender, Lindsay Collision Centers, Brandywine Coach Works, CARSTAR and Skeeter’s Body Shop have entered the race and are ready to challenge their industry colleagues against the clock.  Entries are open until July 15.

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“We are accelerating our efforts to address a critical need for our military veterans and their families to get the training and tools they need to go to work in the collision repair industry,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.  “Through the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500, the collision repair industry support this important cause in a unique, fun way.  We all have a passion for cars in this business, and this opportunity puts the industry’s leaders in the drivers’ seat for the race to support our veterans.”
 
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 $1,065,500 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.
 
About 3M Hire Our Heroes
 

The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members.  Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
 
The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families.
 
For more information on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, contact Dale Ross, 3M Automotive Aftermarket, at daross1@mmm.com or visit www.3mcollision.com/hire.
 
3M automotive products keep the world on the move, with innovative solutions for building, repairing and maintaining vehicles.  From the collision repair professional to the individual vehicle enthusiast, people around the world trust 3M products to protect, repair and keep their vehicles looking showroom new.  And our commitment to this industry extends beyond product performance to a careful stewardship of the world’s resources and environment. Serving the needs of our customers has made 3M a trusted leader in vehicle care and repair, and we are dedicated to earning that trust each and every day.
 
For more information, contact 1-877-MMM-CARS, contact your local 3M Distributor or 3M Sales Representative or visit the website at www.3Mcollision.com.  Follow 3M Collision Repair Solutions on Facebook, on twitter @3M_Collision and Instagram @3MCollision.
 
About 3M
3M is a science-based company with a culture of creative collaboration that inspires powerful technologies, making life better. With $32 billion in sales, 3M employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNewsroom on Twitter.
 
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