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The business and manufacturing operations of 3dCarbon have merged with American Fabrication Corp., which is now licensed to use the 3dCarbon tooling, proprietary manufacturing process, marketing and branding. 3dCarbon operations have moved from Newport Beach, Calif., to American Fabrication's headquarters in Anaheim, Calif., where the Xenon and GT Styling brands of molded polyurethane automotive body styling parts are produced. American Fabrication began manufacturing 3dCarbon product in March. The existing 3dCarbon product line will continue to be available and manufactured in the same pro- prietary process and with the same raw materials developed by the company. "The big thing that will change for 3dCarbon customers and our customers is having more product to purchase," said Jodee Smith, the executive vice president of American Fabri- cation Corp. "Xenon is a 40-year-old company that has been in the auto aftermarket designing, tooling and manufactur- ing different types of parts for a long timeā€”and we also have another company, GT Styling Products providing products such as acrylic headlight, taillight covers and ventguards. By adding 3dCarbon, we really have a broad line of products covering many different niches, including Mustang, Cama- ro, Challenger, Charger, a variety of trucks and Jeep." Ernie Bunnell and Billy Longfellow, who together co- founded 3dCarbon in 2005, have both left the company. Bunnell will temporarily serve as a consultant to American Fabrication Corp. during the 3dCarbon transition. Meanwhile, Longfellow has agreed to join Air Design, the Mexico City-based automotive accessories producer that has shared a manufacturing and distribution partner- ship with 3dCarbon since 2010. Serving as vice president of product development, Longfellow will work to launch Air Design USA, which will design and distribute Air Design accessories from a new facility in Carlsbad, Calif. 3dCarbon operations absorbed in Merger agreeMent KiCKer Hires national sales direCtor and engineer KICKER, Stillwater, Okla., has hired Tom Heath as the company's national sales di- rector. Heath brings many years of successful consumer-elec- tronics sales and sales-man- agement experience in both wholesale and retail, according to KICKER. He most recently worked with KICKER sales- representative firm Santa Fe Distributing of Lenexa, Kan., placing KICKER products in the distribution chain. pHilips naMes 2014 rep of tHe Year Philips Automotive North America, Farmington Hills, Mich., has named Bill Lorenz as its Rep of the Year for 2014. Lorenz is president of Siskel Midwest, a division of N.A. Williams. The award was presented in recognition of Lorenz's excellent customer service, sales performance, and support of Philips Automotive initiatives in the automotive aftermarket, according to the company. Lorenz has handled the Philips account since 2013 and was instrumental in helping the company to develop its partnership with the National Pronto Association, accord- ing to Russ Stebbins, director Philips North American af- termarket. N.A. Williams has been serving Philips Automotive North America for 30 years. restylingmag.com april 2015 | Restyling & tRuck AccessoRies 55 By Anthony Bowe people Tom heath Bill Lorenz, president of Siskel Midwest, accepts the Rep of the Year plaque from Richard Zeichner (left), Philips Automotive account man- ager, and Dennis Samfilippo (right), Philips general manger

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