GREENVILLE, Wis., Nov. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SSI Guardian, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO), announced today the addition of 3M™ Safety & Solar Window Film to its 21st Century Safe School Solutions.


3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. The world’s first patent for sun control window film was received in 1966, and today, there are millions of buildings with 3M™ Window Film installed around the world. “A 21st Century Education can only be achieved when students and teachers are provided a safe learning environment and that is what the 21st Century Safe School approach achieves,” said Michael A. Yorio, President of SSI Guardian. “The challenges we face in ensuring safety in schools today require a constant commitment to innovation and quality. 3M is a true leader in research and development which gave SSI Guardian confidence that their products are among the best available to deploy into classrooms across the United States.”

SSI Guardian continues to set the new standard in advanced safety education training through its evidenced-based advanced training curriculum that empowers educators and staff with best practices for security. SSI Guardian’s training goes beyond preparing educators for violent threats by teaching valuable prevention and mitigation strategies. The program is the only one of its nature issuing an accredited continuing education unit (CEU) from North Carolina State University.

“3M is very excited to be working in close partnership with School Specialty Inc. and SSI Guardian,” states Mark Keesling, US Business Manager. “Guardian’s strong presence in the education market, in conjunction with their security systems expertise, makes them a great company with whom to align in delivering best-in-class safety solutions to school administrators.”

Mr. Yorio continued, “We are thrilled to offer 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film as part of our comprehensive approach to institutional safety and can think of no better solutions provider in this area. These window films are designed to provide protection against intruders, while affording valuable time for safety protocols to be activated. A proprietary multi-layer, tear resistant structure can delay intruders for up to two minutes. An unfortunate reality of the 21st Century is confronted by 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film as it helps hold shattered glass within the frame making unwanted entry through a window more difficult.”

Additionally, 3M offers solar control window films that deliver valuable benefits such as heat rejection, glare control, UV resistance, energy savings and payback periods in as little as three years. Schools wanting features offered by both types of films can opt for combined solar/safety products.

Recently SSI Guardian partnered with the College Football Playoff Foundation to launch the Extra Yard Classroom Makeover Project giving teachers across the U.S. a chance to win a 21st Century Makeover including the specialized 3M Safety & Security Window Film. 3M is proud to say that 3M Safety & Security Window Film has already been incorporated into thousands of schools.

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About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace.  The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources.  Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.  Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products.  Through its recently launched SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well.  SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics.  For more information about School Specialty, visit

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Company Contact:
Michael A. Yorio
SSI Guardian
Tel: 202-815.8591

Media Contact:
Dionne Manchester
SVP, GW Communications
Tel: 212-786-6068

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