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Sept. 29, 2014—As part of its mission to support the military, the 3M Hire Our Heroes Program set up shop at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., over the weekend, performing free vehicle detailing for spouses of deployed or fallen military members.

3M restored roughly 30 vehicles with services totaling nearly $10,000.

The event was held in the base’s vehicle maintenance facility, and work was performed by members of 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division and Advance Auto Parts. The services provided included interior and exterior cleaning; waxing; vinyl, trim and molding restoration; and headlight restoration, all of which used 3M Auto Care cleaning, waxing and restoration products.

“We all know that our military members make incredible sacrifices for us all, but we need to remember that the families for those military members are also making a tremendous sacrifice, so it felt really great to be able to see them drive off in a shiny clean car. They were all so appreciative,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “I would also like to acknowledge our volunteer clean-up crew from Advance Auto Parts, who worked hard and did such a great job!”

The event was hosted by lead anchor and president of the Performance Racing Network, Doug Rice. NASCAR star Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, was on hand to for a special 3M pep rally for the troops on base.  

The 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which provides scholarships and grants to deserving military members and their families interested in a career in the collision industry, had a special tent to showcase the program. Since its launch in late 2012, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has awarded 115 grants valued at $500,000.

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