Company on top of graphics business

Published 9:33 am Thursday, July 28, 2016

Harrison Sales, Trailers of the East Coast Graphics Department installer, is the youngest installer in the nation to earn the designation of Preferred Graphics Installer from 3M, the worldwide leader in mobile graphics materials and installation training.

This designation required the completion of training that concluded with two full days of hands-on and written tests. These tests require the installer to demonstrate knowledge and skills for the application of graphics on vehicles, boats and trailers, including surfaces with rivets and/or corrugations, smooth walls and/or textured surfaces, and floors.

Sales completed the coursework and passed all tests and skill proficiency demonstrations with flying colors.

Trailers of the East Coast is a 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company. Companies with this distinction are recognized by 3M and the United Applications Standards Group (USAG) for installation skills/knowledge, and sound business practices. There are 10 3M Certified Graphics Installation Companies in North Carolina.

Sales has been with Trailers of the East Coast for a little over three years. Although he’d had no previous experience, he quickly fell in love with graphics installation and says he learned from the best, Trailers of the East Coast Graphics Department Manager, Trevor Walterman, who has been installing graphics for more than 20 years and has earned Preferred and Certified Graphics Installer designations from 3M.

“After Trevor earned his certification, it became my dream to do the same,” Harrison said. “He agreed to send me when he thought I was ready.”

That dream became reality in June. There are only 38 Preferred Graphics Installers listed in North Carolina, 621 in the nation.

“It was inspirational and overwhelming to take the test with people with so much more experience than me,” Harrison  said. “Trevor is a wonderful trainer and really taught me what I needed to know.

“I’m really grateful to work for a company that appreciates its employees and was willing to invest the time and money necessary to help me earn my certification. I look forward to watching Trailers of the East Coast grow and I look forward to growing along with it.”    

“I’m excited for Harrison and tickled to have trained him and to see him do so well on the test,” Walterman said. “I’ve taken the test twice and watched installers with much more experience fail the test.

“Harrison is a good young man. You can take him anywhere and trust that he will do a great job. Having two 3M Preferred Graphics Installers on our staff provides our customers with the security of knowing that we are held accountable for what we do and that we have the knowledge to choose the right products for the right applications to provide them the quality outcome they deserve.”

Will Junker, co-owner of Trailers of the East Coast agrees.

“I’m proud of both Trevor and Harrison for becoming 3M certified. They both finished at the top of their class. With Hugo Murillo as our graphics designer, they all three do a great job representing our company.”

Trailers of the East Coast started the department more than 10 years ago with the design and application of pin stripes and spot graphics to custom trailers. Today, the custom graphics department has been transformed into a full service design, print and installation shop that produces everything from bumper stickers to complete trailer and vehicle wraps for single vehicles or an entire fleet.

Trailers of the East Coast is a family owned business that has been serving the retail market since 1945. In addition to sales and service of horse trailers, car haulers, utility trailers, cargo trailers and motorcycle trailers, it specializes in high-impact mobile solutions using custom built trailers and a team of fabricators that can help refine a vision for mobile advertising, hospitality, trade show and event solutions.

“We work with everyone from small local builders and specialty retailers to nationally recognized companies to build excitement into any brand. Contact us to explore how we may be able to help your company achieve your vision,” Junker said.