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3M and Graco Launch Co-Branded Product Line

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Graco Industrial/Automotive Equipment Division have formed an alliance to offer a new line of paint spray guns to the automotive aftermarket. According to Bob MacDonald, vice president, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, the two companies worked with painters from across the country to develop the line.

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ST. PAUL, MN — 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Graco Industrial/Automotive Equipment Division have formed an alliance to offer a new line of paint spray guns to the automotive aftermarket.

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3M and Graco developed the line as a complement to 3M’s Paint Preparation System. The new line of co-branded paint guns spans three technologies — conventional air spray, Compliant and High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) and 3M’s Paint Preparation System.

“This new alliance leverages strengths in both companies,” said Chuck Rescorla, vice president of manufacturing, operations and information systems for Graco. “3M is a major supplier to the automotive aftermarket industry, and its new Paint Preparation System is one of the most innovative products released in recent years. Combined, 3M and Graco now supply a fully integrated system that is optimized to provide superior finish and user ergonomics for the automotive repair professional.”

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According to Bob MacDonald, vice president, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, the two companies worked with painters from across the country to develop the line.

“The integration of our Paint Preparation System with a gun designed to optimize its use enables us to provide a complete painting solution to our valued customers,” MacDonald said.

The new spray guns will be available through 3M’s existing paint preparation system marketing and distribution channels beginning in the second quarter 2004.

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