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Movers and Shakers: Avery Dennison “Wrap Like a King” Challenge Names 10 Regional Winners

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Avery Dennison
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced that 10 vehicle graphics installers from around the world have been named Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge.

Avery Dennison “Wrap Like a King” Challenge Names 10 Regional Winners for 2018

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced that 10 vehicle graphics installers from around the world have been named Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge.

The following vehicle graphics installers were named Regional Wrap Kings:

  • North America East – “VooDoo S6 – SteamPunk SpaceShip” installed by Ryan Oyola and Mike Postilio of VooDoo Vinyl Wrap of Long Island, New York
  • North America Midwest – “Boba Fett” installed by Justin Baker, Lee Mies, Paul Lee and Kyle DeLoss Henkler from Auto Trimmers of Shoreview, Minnesota
  • North America Central – “Republic Tattoo” installed by Eric and Frank from Graphics Guys of Austin, Texas
  • North America South – “Mission Flyer 2.0” installed by MetroWrapz of Hollywood, Florida
  • North America West – “Gold Rush Rally” installed by Antonio Ng of EMWRAPS of Seattle, Washington
  • North America Canada – “The Warrior” installed by Ben Bieber of Canadian Wrap Masters of Georgetown, Ontario
  • Europe North – “Barnfind” installed by Mark Chamberlain from Funkeefish of Tendring, UK
  • Europe Central – “Dynamic Truck” installed by Sebastian Kreuzer of SIGNal Wrapping of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
  • Europe South – “Formula-e Gen2” installed by Chaublet Sébastien from S&C Creative Agency of Guérande, France.
  • Eastern Europe & MENA – “Toyota Wrap Cruiser” installed by Martin Turecek from Wrap Style of Zlin, Czech Republic

The regional winners will go on to compete for the title of Continental Wrap King, to be awarded October 15, 2018. Continent winners will then be judged for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2018 SEMA Show, October 30–November 2 in Las Vegas. The 2018 King of the Wrap World grand-prize winner will be announced Wednesday, October 31, at the SEMA Show. The King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000, with additional gift vouchers and exposure via the Avery Dennison website and web advertisements.

JE Pistons
Cindy Verkooij

JE Pistons Appoints Cindy Verkooij General Manager

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Rick Kovalick and Trent Lowe Named 2018 Pioneer Award Winners

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New Keystone Warehouse, Eastvale, CA
The new Keystone warehouse in Eastvale, California.

Keystone Showcases New Warehouse in Eastvale, California

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Yokohama Tire Corp. officially opened its new tire research and development facility—the Yokohama Development Center America—in Cornelius, North Carolina.

Yokohama Tire Opens Yokohama Development Center America in Cornelius, North Carolina

Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) officially opened its new tire research and development facility—the Yokohama Development Center America (YDCA)—in Cornelius, North Carolina. Local officials joined Yokohama executives for the ribbon-cutting festivities. The high-tech, 25,000-sq.-ft.-building in Mecklenburg County replaces the temporary R&D office Yokohama has utilized in Concord, North Carolina, since 2016. The Cornelius facility will consolidate separate R&D staffs currently operating at a number of locations throughout the United States and will be led by Shoichiro Matsuda, YCNA vice president of corporate technical. Thomas Kenny, director of consumer tire development; Dan Steltmann, director of commercial tire development; and Jeremy Kahrs, director of technical service, will all be based out of the company’s new location.

Theresa Evens
Theresa Evens

Motovicity Distribution Announced as 2018 CAN Reseller of the Year; Welcomes Theresa Evens as Marketing Manager

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Gray Fredrick
Gray Fredrick

Advanced Fuel Dynamics Hires Gray Fredrick as Director of Sales and Marketing

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Covercraft Industries LLC has entered into an agreement with Jim Crowley and “Hook and Hunt TV” to become a major sponsor of the online outdoor show. Crowley, host of the “Hook and Hunt TV” video series and the associated website,, focuses his shows on teaching hunting and fishing fundamentals and uses Covercraft products to protect the vehicles he features in his shows and seminars. Covercraft will feature Crowley’s instructional content and product videos in communications with consumers and on

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