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  • The Grammy Man

    June 01, 2016
    By Genevieve Langeslay-MacLeod/3M Storyteller
    John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner.

    The Grammy Man

    John Billings has earned the nickname ‘The Grammy man’. He and just three employees complete a daunting task - creating a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award for every winner. That’s approximately 600 awards each year. He also creates other awards throughout the year.

    John works and lives in the town of Ridgway, Colorado - with a population of 700 and an elevation of 7,000 feet. He has delivered high-quality, hand-crafted art for the past 40 years.

    The Grammy Man

    John Billings has earned the nickname ‘The Grammy man’. He and just three employees complete a daunting task - creating a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award for every winner. That’s approximately 600 awards each year. He also creates other awards throughout the year.

    John works and lives in the town of Ridgway, Colorado - with a population of 700 and an elevation of 7,000 feet. He has delivered high-quality, hand-crafted art for the past 40 years.

    The Grammy Man

    John Billings has earned the nickname ‘The Grammy man’. He and just three employees complete a daunting task - creating a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award for every winner. That’s approximately 600 awards each year. He also creates other awards throughout the year.

    John works and lives in the town of Ridgway, Colorado - with a population of 700 and an elevation of 7,000 feet. He has delivered high-quality, hand-crafted art for the past 40 years.

    John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner.

    Each one a work of art

    One trick John uses to make the surface shine to a high gleam is a product created by 3M - Trizact abrasive. He uses it to sand each Grammy Award to a beautiful sheen.

    Trizact is a microreplicated abrasive, explains Ross McLean, 3M Marketing Manager. It contains little pyramids of cutting action that aid grinding and cooling to create a finished product that allows you to see your reflection.

    3M Trizact Abrasives

    Each one a work of art

    One trick John uses to make the surface shine to a high gleam is a product created by 3M - Trizact abrasive. He uses it to sand each Grammy Award to a beautiful sheen.

    Trizact is a microreplicated abrasive, explains Ross McLean, 3M Marketing Manager. It contains little pyramids of cutting action that aid grinding and cooling to create a finished product that allows you to see your reflection.

    3M Trizact Abrasives

    Each one a work of art

    One trick John uses to make the surface shine to a high gleam is a product created by 3M - Trizact abrasive. He uses it to sand each Grammy Award to a beautiful sheen.

    Trizact is a microreplicated abrasive, explains Ross McLean, 3M Marketing Manager. It contains little pyramids of cutting action that aid grinding and cooling to create a finished product that allows you to see your reflection.

    3M Trizact Abrasives
     
    "It was a neat project. At one time I had four Grammy Awards on my desk and I can't even play an instrument."
    ROSS McLEAN
    3M MARKETING MANAGER
    John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner. John Billings, works hard at creating Grammy Awards for each Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner.

    Saving work and time

    "Before Trizact, it would take up to three belts on a grinder to finish a Grammy," John says. "With Trizact, the process is cut more than in half."

    In addition to Trizact, John has been using Cubitron II belts as well as Scotch-Brite EXL wheels. "They save so much work," John added.

    Cubitron II Abrasive Wheels

    Saving work and time

    "Before Trizact, it would take up to three belts on a grinder to finish a Grammy," John says. "With Trizact, the process is cut more than in half."

    In addition to Trizact, John has been using Cubitron II belts as well as Scotch-Brite EXL wheels. "They save so much work," John added.

    Cubitron II Abrasive Wheels

    Saving work and time

    "Before Trizact, it would take up to three belts on a grinder to finish a Grammy," John says. "With Trizact, the process is cut more than in half."

    In addition to Trizact, John has been using Cubitron II belts as well as Scotch-Brite EXL wheels. "They save so much work," John added.

    Cubitron II Abrasive Wheels

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