March '13

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Truck Upfitter Getting Dressed Job for the Non-automotive applications of protective coatings opened a big box of opportunity for this emerging Maryland restyler/ truck upfitter's team of truck accessory specialists. By Jake Rishavy W Inside the 5,000 sq. ft. of the four-bay service area, a salt spreader is installed and tested (right), and a municipal utility-bed F-350 is readied for their respective customers. 28 Restyling | March 2013 RE-March-2013.indd 28 hen Mike Sines, president and owner of Frostburg, Md.-based Global Truck Outfitters, first came across Line-X commercial coatings in 2005, he'd already been through a few interesting and diverse career iterations. He'd seen some success as the owner of a real estate company and then again as an engineer for an East Coast railroad. With that diverse background, when Sines first had the bed of his personal truck sprayed with the bedliner material in 2005, he knew he had stumbled onto a versatile and profitable opportunity. "At the time I had a lot of experience in other areas, but very little with protective coatings and even less with the automotive industry," says Sines. "I wasn't well versed in the business but I surrounded myself with people who knew quite a bit about it. These folks provided their knowledge — and it was all up from there." 2/6/13 2:49 PM

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