Employees of Auto Glass Now in Jackson, Miss., escaped just 20 minutes before a tornado leveled the automotive glass company Monday, according to regional manager John Ketchum. The shop was pretty much a total loss, but the company has already leased a new building and is back in business today, he says. Full Story
A bill being considered by the Florida State Senate—Florida HB 7005—outlines “unlawful acts and practices” for automotive glass companies, including “intimidating, coercing or threatening a consumer into selecting a particular motor vehicle glass repair facility,” failing to make the vehicle available for inspector prior to repair by insurer and more. Originally the bill only potentially impacted auto body shops, but Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring amended it on April 29 to add automotive glass companies to the language. Full Story
Auto Glass Week™, the three-day international event featuring automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza, is proud to announce that Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW), a leading product and service provider in the automotive glass industry marketplace, has become a Sponsor of the event at the Gold level once again. Full Story
Fuyao Glass Industry Group, the auto-glass manufacturing flagship of Chinese billionaire Cho Tak Wong, said Tuesday net profit in the first three months of 2014 gained 20 percent from a year earlier to $76 million. Revenue during gained 11.6 percent to $468 million. The company didn’t provide any analysis for the figures. Full Story
Randy Landsaw has worked with glass his entire adult life and recently ventured into a new business doing what he knows best.
R & S Glass opened April 1 at 401 N. Main where Landsaw installs windshields, replaces other automotive glass pieces, repairs windows, mirrors and does other custom work. Full Story
Detroit has reached a five-year agreement with 14 of its unions, including AFSCME—the city’s largest union—in its bankruptcy case, according to a statement issued by federal mediators who are assisting with the city’s restructuring. Full Story
Walmart is entering the auto insurance business in its latest move to offer affordable financial services to customers, the company announced Wednesday. Full Story
The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in February 2014, showing a decrease of -0.8 percent, or 1.7 billion vehicle miles, compared to February 2013. Full Story
“Last June 3, 2013 Dannel Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut signed a bill that was passed by Connecticut’s House and Senate the previous month into law.” —David Rohlfing Full Story
Maurice Périer, director since 1978 and deputy chairman of the D’Ieteren Board of Directors since 1993, has reached the age limit of 75. As a result, he will resign as a director on the date of the next Ordinary General Meeting on June 5, 2014. By unanimous decision, the Board of Directors has decided to appoint Nicolas D’Ieteren, 38, and Olivier Périer, 42, as deputy chairmen of the Board, effective June 5, 2014. Full Story
The NSG-Pilkington float glass manufacturing plant is for sale.
The facility opened as the Libbey-Owens-Ford glass plant in the 1962 and made automotive glass components until New United Motors Manufacturing Inc.—the Fremont-based that was jointly operated by General Motors and Toyota—closed in 2010. Full Story
Grants Auto Glass closed its doors at 1705 South Market St. for the last time on Friday. Full Story
Very early bird registration for Auto Glass Week™ 2014 ends tomorrow. The event is set to take place October 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. Once again sponsored by the Auto Glass Safety Council, Independent Glass Association, National Glass Association, National Windshield Repair Association and AGRR™ magazine, the event offers attendees the chance to save big on their registration fees if they register by close of business tomorrow, April 30. The event includes an educational seminar line-up and an extensive trade show floor. Full Story
General Motors is being fined $7,000 a day for missing an April 3 deadline to provide information about its recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday. Full Story
Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself. The tech giant’s self-driving cars already can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving—with its obstacle course of jaywalkers, bicyclists and blind corners—has been a far greater challenge for the cars’ computers.
In a blog entry posted Monday, the project’s leader said test cars now can handle thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago. Full Story
In a presentation earlier this year available on the web, D’Ieteren’s management delved into how Belron contributes to the parent company. The company has two main divisions—Belron and D’Ieteren Auto. Belron, its vehicle glass repair and replacement business, which includes Safelite, contributes 52 percent of sales to the parent company, while its operating result represents 79 percent of business. Ninety-four percent of the company’s staff falls into the Belron category—25,645 individuals. Full Story
ABRA Auto Body & Glass has purchased all 24 Collision Centers of America in Chicago, the surrounding communities and Northwest Indiana. Full Story
“A week of travel—and I love interacting with a wide variety of leaders on their turf. Yes, we are a franchise unlike many of you, but business is business. We are all in the glass business together and I learned a long time ago that as “brethren” in the glass business (or is it a sisterhood in the glass business?) we’ll have the same issues regardless of what we cover and where we live.” —Mark Liston Full Story
China’s Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd. says first-quarter net profit up 20.5 percent year-over-year at $75.55 million in USD (472.3 million Chinese Yuan). Full Story
Dow Automotive Systems, a technology-driven solutions provider offering a broad range of innovative, technician friendly and price-competitive, advanced glass replacement adhesive technologies, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Auto Glass Week™ at the Bronze level. The three-day international event features automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza where sponsoring companies will be seen. Full Story
A frightening experience for a Cranbrook, B.C. couple is highlighting the debate over whether sunroofs are safe and if enough is being done to prevent further incidents.
Lorilee Bell had just gotten out of the hospital and was travelling along Highway 3 between Fernie and Cranbrook in a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport when the panoramic sunroof exploded. Full Story
Cars.com analysts forecast April vehicle sales will hit 1,414,120, up 10 percent year-over-year and down 7.8 percent from March. A seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.29 million new-car sales is expected for April, which is an increase of 7.2 percent from this time last year, and decrease of 0.7 percent month-over-month. This would mark the highest April SAAR since 2006, according to officials. Full Story
If it’s not winter’s salt and grime, it’s mud and everyday dirt. Keeping your car clean can be a chore—a backbreaking one if you prefer to do it yourself. But Nissan is testing a car that can keep itself clean, thanks to special paints that repel water and oils. Similar technology could eventually allow manufacturers to do away with windshield wipers by effectively fending off water, frost and grime. Full Story
Blue Ridge announced Bilglassgruppen AS, a Hvam, Norway-based automotive glass supplier, has selected the company’s cloud supply chain planning program. Full Story
Police arrested an Iron Mountain man after he was observed smashing out the windows of a police vehicle parked at the Police Department in broad daylight. Full Story
GlasWeld’s attorneys have responded to Christopher Boyle’s request that the court compel company officials to appear for depositions, writing, “his motion should be denied in its entirety as unfounded.” GlasWeld filed the alleged patent infringement lawsuit against Mike Boyle, doing business as Surface Dynamix, in late 2012. The company later added Christopher Boyle, Mike’s son, as a defendant. Full Story
Early bird registration for Auto Glass Week™ 2014 closes at the end of the month, so now is the time to book your trip and secure your spot before the highest discounts end! Full Story
Sika Corp. has promoted Russell Livermore III to director of marketing of the company’s Industry Target Market USA division. He will report to Greg Moran, vice president of Marketing, Industry and Automotive USA. Full Story
With plans to add 95 employees in the next three months, the Inteva Products plant, 4605 Airport Road, will be hosting a job fair the next two Saturdays.
He said the additional employees are needed to help with the production of sunroofs for the Mercedes C-Class, built in Vance and in South Africa. Full Story
General Motors on Thursday reported its worst quarterly performance in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings. Full Story
An affiliate of Phoenix-based JDM Partners LLC, former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, paid $60.8 million recently for the State Farm Insurance campus at 1555 Promontory Circle in Greeley.
The deal comes just a few months after Dallas-based private equity firm Lone Star Funds purchased the 55.5-acre campus from State Farm for more than $52.7 million in a sale and lease-back arrangement. Full Story
No one was hurt in an apparent drive-by shooting late Wednesday in East Topeka, but police are trying to track down a car that fired at another vehicle driving on Interstate 70 near S.E. Rice Road. Full Story
Following in the footsteps of repair companies in Florida, a group of repair shops in Indiana have filed a lawsuit against State Farm and dozens of other insurers, alleging the insurers use their direct repair programs to “artificially depress” repair rates and if shops don’t agree, customers are “improperly steered” away. Like the case in Florida, this lawsuit has potential implications for the AGRR industry, as automotive glass repair companies allege similar issues with third-party administrators (TPAs), which handle glass claims for insurers. Full Story
AGRR™ magazine’s competitions return for their ninth year. The Pilkington Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO) and the GlasWeld Windshield Repair Olympics in Honor of Walt Gorman (WRO) are back for Auto Glass Week™ 2014. The Exhibition/Extravaganza is set to be held October 7-9, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center and Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel and will include educational seminars, an exhibition hall, as well as the attendee-favorite competitions. Full Story
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Auto Glass Perfection announced it has moved its office in Phoenix to 11811 N Tatum Blvd., Suite 3031. Full Story
Dakotaland Autoglass, a wholesale supplier of auto glass and PPG automotive aftermarket and commercial coatings, made acquisitions in North Dakota and Colorado in 2013 and now has 18 locations in six states. Full Story
A few weeks ago the Consumer Federation of America, working in conjunction with the Center for Economic Justice, called on insurance regulators to stop the practice of “price optimization”—basically, insurance companies charging certain customers higher premiums not to reflect higher levels of risk or rates of coverage but simply because the (usually low-income) customers didn’t realize they qualified for a better price.
Coincidentally (or maybe not), on April 23 the CFA said that an analysis of year-2013 financial data for property/casualty insurers in the United States showed that last year, “insurers enjoyed extraordinarily high returns on the highest level of annual premiums ever paid by United States consumers, businesses and public agencies,” with total annual profits of $64 billion, the third-highest in history even after adjusting for inflation (dwarfed only by the years 2006 and 2007). Full Story
Authorities seized rental vehicles and automobile equipment in raids today at two businesses and a home in Macomb and Oakland counties as part of a large-scale insurance fraud investigation.
He said the fraud investigation involved repaired vehicles through numerous automobile insurance companies. Full Story
U.S. regulators are investigating whether a General Motors Co. car’s automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash. Full Story
A man has been arrested for breaking another person’s window during a road rage incident.
He tried to open the passenger door but it was locked. He then punched the passenger window twice. When one of the victims rolled the window down slightly to tell Orr she was calling law enforcement, Orr grabbed the top of the window and pulled on it until it shattered. Full Story
Connecticut officials have responded in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the state’s anti-steering law, claiming, “Safelite Solutions has been extraordinarily effective at steering consumers to Safelite AutoGlass.” Safelite appealed a lower court’s decision to the Appellate Court, seeking to halt enforcement of Connecticut’s anti-steering law—PA 13-67. Full Story
Auto Glass Week™, the three-day international event featuring automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza, is proud to announce that Equalizer IndustriesInc., an industry leader in automotive glass tools and products, is once again sponsoring the event. Full Story
Sika Region NA Automotive has promoted Zack Gaultney to launch and planning manager for the Grandview, Mo., facility. Full Story
General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker is working as quickly as possible to supply dealers with replacement ignition switches for recently recalled cars, including adding a third production line for the part, and says the company will be better in the future for the crisis.
Barra also stops short of speculating on the effect the recall will have on GM’s four brands, but says Chevrolet, which accounts for most of the 2.6 million recalled units, has a chance to prove itself to customers. Full Story
While Michigan’s potholes are proving costly to many drivers, some lawmakers hope to make sure they at least don’t have to pay higher insurance rates after damaging their vehicles on the winter-ravaged roads. Full Story
Firemen smash a BMW’s windows to run a hose through the vehicle to put out a fire. Full Story
A man smashed the window of a car stopped at traffic lights in York by head-butting it. Full Story
For the April edition of the AGRR™/glassBYTEs.com™ newscast, sponsored by AGRR™ magazine, editors went on location to Tucson, Ariz., for the biennial Novus Super Session. We also take a look at this year’s Auto Glass Week™. Full Story
Safelite Group has promoted three long-time employees within its supply chain group. Rich Glover has been named vice president of manufacturing and distribution; Paul Groves has been promoted from director of materials management to assistant vice president, supply chain; and Reuben Lo has been promoted from a senior analyst in the finance department to general manager of Service AutoGlass. Full Story
The very early bird registration deadline with the deepest discounts for Auto Glass Week™ 2014 is Wednesday, April 30. This year’s event will be held October 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. Full Story
General Motors Co.’s move to freeze ignition-defect lawsuits in California and Texas has solid legal precedent behind it and could help slash customer demands for compensation by billions of dollars. Full Story
Judge Steven Rhodes today delayed Detroit’s bankruptcy time line by more than a week in a move that was expected after recent developments. Full Story
Bruised and sporting broken teeth, Quinton Ransom begged multiple Columbus residents for asylum after fatally flinging 17-year-old Tyrique Huling through the sunroof of a stolen car, police testified during a Monday Recorder’s Court hearing. Full Story
A motorist was hospitalized after crashing her car in southern Lancaster County Tuesday morning. She was traveling north on Little Britain Road North shortly before 7:30 a.m. when her Acura went off the wet road, struck a tree and split into four large pieces, Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said.
The car’s windshield remained stuck against the tree. Full Story
The International Organization of Standardization Safety Glazing Materials Technical Committee (ISO/TC/SC/11) is drafting a standard to determine how resistant OE automotive glass is to intruders. The proposal is now in draft form and is expected to be put forward for … Full Story
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Collierville, Tenn., ABRA Owner Files $1.9 Million Loan
Delta Kits Inc., a company specializing in windshield repair and headlight restoration, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Auto Glass Week™. The three-day international event features automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an Exhibition/ Extravaganza where … Full Story
Body Shops Sue Insurers over Repair Compensation
Car Insurers Customers Unfairly Penalized for Shopping Habits, Consumer Groups Say
Omaha Police Investigating Explosion That Blew Hole in Truck Windshield, Damaged Second Car
Vandals Break Car Windows in Bay View
As part of our March/April AGRR™ magazine, we asked automotive glass technicians to vote on the hardest installation via our “A Hard Day’s Lite” feature and the early tally is in. The 1982 Fiat Strada windshield, part No. FW391, has been voted the most difficult. Full Story
Safelite AutoGlass will donate $300,000 this year to Afrika Tikkun, a charitable organization based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, that develops new generations of productive citizens in South African communities devastated by AIDS and HIV. Employees helped raise a large part of the money, about $225,000, during the 5th Annual Safelite Challenge. An additional $75,000 from the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation will be donated. Full Story
Fuyao Automotive North America has plans to invest $15.3 million to add equipment and more than 100 jobs to its Orion Township facility.
Fuyao, a subsidiary of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, an international manufacturer of automotive glass, will add equipment to manufacture auto glass assembly parts. The Orion Township facility currently provides warehousing, repackaging and inspection for auto glass suppliers. Full Story
Quest Software Inc., an experienced claims solutions leader and customized software developer, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Auto Glass Week™ at the Cobalt level. The three-day international event features automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza where sponsoring companies will be seen. Full Story
Who says America has lost its muscle? Growling, unapologetic performance is the theme of this year’s New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday. Sure, there’s something called the EV Pavilion, where visitors can ride around in a plug-in hybrid. But automakers didn’t introduce any hybrids or electrics at the show. Full Story
The City of Detroit reached a deal Tuesday with a retired police and firefighters group to preserve current pensions, according to mediators. The deal, which Detroit bankruptcy mediator Gerald Rosen revealed, comes as the city also is close to reaching an agreement with its Official Committee of Retirees and two independently run pension fund boards. Full Story
One of the nation’s largest insurance companies is expanding its presence in Utah. Allstate Insurance Co., based in Oak Brook, Ill., will open a new service center in Draper. The South Valley facility—the second of its kind in the nation—is scheduled to open by the end of May. The other Allstate service center is located in Hudson, Ohio. Full Story
There are two more Extractor tools by Crystal Glass Canada on the market: the EXT-PRO-NC18, aka Extractor 18, and the Lightning (EXT-PRO-V120). The Extractor 18 is a cordless device powered by a ni-cad battery and an 18-volt motor. The kit … Full Story
Attorneys for repair shops that sued State Farm recently responded to the insurer’s request for the U.S. Middle District of Florida Court, Orlando division, to dismiss their antitrust and steering lawsuit, writing, that there is “more than sufficient facts asserted to satisfy the pleading requirements.” The Florida repair shops sued State Farm and dozens of other insurers. The case has potential implications for the AGRR industry, as some automotive glass repair companies allege similar issues with third-party administrators (TPAs), which handle automotive glass claims for insurers. Full Story
“I have written three prior posts on lane departure systems and this will make my fourth. Again, my friend Mitch Becker from ABRA Auto Body and Glass sent me a bulletin about the 2015 Honda Civic. The lane departure camera for the Civic is located on the exterior rearview mirrors. I assumed that cameras mounted to the header or outside rearview mirrors were not our concern because we never displaced the cameras so re-calibration was unnecessary. ” —Bob Beranek Full Story
Glass Doctor of South Central Kansas plans to celebrate its opening in Kingman. Full Story
Auto Glass Week™, the three-day international event featuring automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza, is proud to announce that Precision Replacement Parts, a trusted name in the automotive glass industry providing top quality moldings, clips, and weatherstrips, is sponsoring the event at the Copper level. Full Story
Ford brought a Mustang to the top of the Empire State Building Wednesday as part of a publicity stunt for the New York International Auto Show.
The company is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. Full Story
Allstate has entered into an agreement to sell Sterling Collision Centers Inc. to Service King Collision Repair Centers. Full Story
Police are warning motorists not to leave valuables in view in parked vehicles after a spate of incidents in which thieves have smashed car windows to steal what’s inside. Full Story
The Eastern U.S. District Court of Michigan, Northern division, has referred a case against Safelite Group by a former employee to mediation. The case alleges violations to the Family Medial Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The parties involved, a former employee based in Livonia, Mich., and Safelite Group told the court “it may be helpful if this court refers the case to mediation,” according to court documents. The judge agreed. Full Story
A $2 million estate gift commitment from Russell Ebeid, retired chairman emeritus of Guardian Industries Corp., to the Arab American National Museum, is the first planned gift the Dearborn museum has ever received. Full Story
Auto Glass Week™, the three-day international event featuring automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza, is proud to announce that Sika Corp., the leading supplier of adhesives and sealants in the U.S. Auto Glass Replacement (AGR) market, has become a Sponsor of the event at the Silver level. Full Story
More than 300,000 Stateline homes were pelted by hail this past weekend, leaving a lasting impression for some owners.
It’s not just homes damaged by hail. Cars are also affected, which is why State Farm has opened a drive-thru center on North CherryVale Boulevard. You have to make an appointment, but you get your car looked at and checked on site to cover the repairs. Full Story
General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.
The automaker’s strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars. Full Story
The Equalizer® Viper™ is a ratcheting wire removal device designed for small quarter glass removals, but can also be used on windshields, back glasses and sliders (such as the Dodge pickup back sliders) are easy to remove with the Equalizer® Viper™. It’s compact size, lightweight design allows you to keep the wire closer to the glass surface for less resistance while cutting the toughest urethane. Full Story
Ontario’s Auto Insurance Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy is continuing to make auto insurance more affordable for Ontario drivers, as rates approved by the regulator have dropped for a total decrease of almost six per cent on average since August 2013—in keeping with the government’s target of 15 per cent by August 2015. Full Story
Windows in Hutchinson are being broken by vandals using marbles. Over the past few weeks, Hutchinson Police have taken several reports of residents hearing loud noises in their homes and finding windows shattered. Vehicles are also being targeted. Full Story
Someone smashed windows on 11 different vehicles in Northlake on April 9. Full Story
A cinder block came crashing through the windshield of a passenger car early Sunday morning as it drove under the Interstate 5 overpass in Creswell, sending a woman to the hospital. Full Story
Progressive Insurance recently updated its insurance claims app for iPhones, which now includes a feature allowing customers to report automotive glass damage and upload photos, according to Jeff Sibel, the company’s public relations manager.
Boyd Group Income Fund has signed an agreement to acquire 25 collision repair centers in Illinois, Indiana and Florida under the trade name Collision Revision. The collision centers outsource AGRR services.
“I read an article relating to the Novus Super Session at the organization’s Annual Franchise Conference held last week in Tucson. A representative from one of the networks that operate in the automotive glass repair and replacement (AGRR) industry in the United States attended the conference and discussed industry related issues and ideas.” —David Rohlfing Full Story
The City of Detroit and groups representing city retirees could announce as soon as today that they have agreed to a deal on pension cuts, which could pave the way for a resolution to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to sources close to the negotiations. Full Story
Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.
A tractor-trailer truck and a bus transporting high school students collided late Thursday near Orland, Calif. Ten people were killed in a fire that consumed both vehicles. Someone kicked out a bus window, and many of the 40 or so students aboard squeezed through before the vehicle burst into flames. Full Story
Olathe Police are investigating several reports of criminal damage to vehicles overnight. They say they found numerous windows shattered on the parked cars and they think the damage may have been caused by a BB or pellet gun. Full Story
BMW’s attorneys continue to argue that the alleged sunroof defect case should be dismissed, claiming in their latest filing “their [plaintiffs’] warranty-based claims are not covered by the terms of those warranties, and because their fraud-based claims are implausible, conclusory and speculative.” The plaintiffs allege their vehicles suffered water damage after the drainage tubes installed to pull water away from the sunroofs did not properly work. Full Story
“Last Saturday morning I was headed back to Waco, Texas, from my friend’s memorial service from the San Bernardino, Calif., airport and needed some reading material.” —Mark Liston Full Story
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia was scrambling Sunday to explain why thousands of its customers were wrongly billed, a mistake that is expected to cost the Crown corporation $110 million to fix. Full Story
State Farm Insurance Co. CEO Ed Rust Jr. says the company’s plans to expand in Arizona, Texas and Georgia will not affect the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. Full Story
Detroit’s plan to get out of bankruptcy cleared a major hurdle on Friday when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the cash-strapped city’s third attempt at settling costly interest-rate swap agreements with two investment banks. Full Story
It’s happening with increasing frequency. Vehicle safety inspectors are telling car owners to remove window decals before passing them. Full Story
Police in Newark are investigating a crime spree that included more than 100 vehicles with windows that were shot out with a BB gun. Full Story
Hopefully, you’ve already filed your AGRR company’s taxes, but if not, Dominique Molina of CertifiedTaxCoach.com, said some businesses are saving “a few thousand dollars each year in deductions, and in some cases, they save millions.” What can you do to trim down what you owe the Internal Revenue Service? Full Story
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Due to an increasing demand for automotive glass, AGC Glass Europe is restarting one of its three Teplice, Czech Republic-based float lines after an extensive upgrade that lasted two years. Full Story
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. Full Story
Detroit will retreat considerably from a previous hard-line position it took in bankruptcy court toward unlimited tax general obligation bondholders, under a new deal offering them 74 cents on the dollar with insurers paying the rest. Full Story
Auto insurers use many factors, including a motorist’s education and occupation, to accurately gauge risk, industry representatives told state lawmakers on Thursday, a week after a consumer advocacy group called the practice unfair. Full Story
Lincoln police are investigating 21 reports of vandalism near the Nebraska Wesleyan campus where parked vehicles had windows shot out by a BB gun sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Full Story
Synergistic International LLC (which does business as Glass Doctor) has filed a lawsuit against Mike Compell of Oswego, Ill., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for “continuing to conduct a glass repair business under the Glass Doctor name and mark,” including usage of Glass Doctor’s official website and phone number. The company’s attorneys claim Compell is a former franchisee whose franchise agreement was terminated “by mutual agreement” on March 28, 2008. Full Story
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) and Pilkington North America have reached a settlement for four Safety Orders issued as a result of two inspections in 2012 at the Shelbyville automotive glass plant.
“We don’t do many gasket-set windshields any more. However, while visiting my friends at Aegis Tools International last week, we talked about how installers used to use a length of nylon braided rope to install a windshield. I thought I would document a use for rope that not many technicians today have even heard of. I’m sure most automotive glass technicians have at least witnessed a rope-in installation sometime in their career but I bet few of you have seen or heard of roping-in the chrome molding into a gasket.” —Bob Beranek Full Story
Automotive glass technicians who seek to become Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) Accredited Automotive Glass Technicians can still register onsite for today’s training and accreditation program being offered in San Antonio, Texas.
Holly Biller, vice president of digital media services for Key Communications Inc., publisher of AGRR™ magazine, has been named to the prestigious American Business Media’s (ABM) Women’s Leadership and Networking Council.
The storms that rolled across the Denton area in north Texas in early April are estimated to have caused $300 million in insured losses. The area was hit by softball-size hail and three tornadoes. Full Story
Auto insurance group Progressive Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4-percent increase in profit for the first quarter from last year, reflecting higher net realized gains on securities. Meanwhile, profit for the month of March surged 60 percent from last year.
Progressive said on Tuesday that Chief Financial Officer Brian Domeck intends to retire after the company’s annual meeting of shareholders in May 2015. Full Story
State lawmakers are taking a look at why New Yorkers pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. Full Story
Christopher Boyle, son of Mike Boyle (doing business as Surface Dynamix), has filed two new motions in the alleged patent infringement case asking the court to compel GlasWeld officials to appear for depositions and “sever” him from one count of the lawsuit.
Is NHTSA tough enough? Not according to Joan Claybrook, a one-time Ralph Nader protégé who headed the U.S. vehicle safety agency from 1977 until 1981 and now works as a consumer advocate in her position as president-emeritus of watchdog group Public Citizen.
“You have to act like a cop on the beat,” she says of the role of NHTSA administrator, but without naming names says those at the top of the safety agency too often have been unwilling to wield the billy club. Full Story
Gov. Rick Snyder says Detroit’s bankruptcy will be “largely closed” by October with a transition plan and oversight board in place. Full Story
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wound up with his first last-place finish in seven seasons Monday after driving his car into the rain-saturated infield grass before it shot across the track and slammed into the wall in a fiery crash.
Jimmie Johnson had damage on the windshield and front left of his No. 48 car from mud and debris after the crash by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. Full Story
A “heavily intoxicated” tractor-trailer driver was pulled to safety from his overturned, burning truck yesterday evening, State Police report. Police broke out the windshield of the truck to reach the trapped driver, and said he fought them as they tried to rescue him. Full Story
Two women from Sidney are in the Miami County Jail, arrested near Troy on Tuesday for possessing heroin.
They were passengers in a pick up truck which was stopped by OSP for having a cracked windshield while driving on County Road 25-A.
Safelite Solutions plans to introduce a new “immediate pay” program that will allow shops to receive payment faster than in the past, according to Tom Reid, director of network management for the company.
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Woburn, Mass.-based Windshield Centers LLC has opened a third store in the North Carolina market. Full Story
Drivers across the country are reporting an explosion, followed by a glass shower from their sunroof. It’s happened without warning to several vehicle owners in New Orleans. Full Story
Judge Steven Rhodes will make a major ruling in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy case this week. Full Story
A fight over the proceeds of a nightclub performance ended after a comedian threw a large rock through the windshield of a DJ’s pickup truck, Springfield police say. Full Story
The Regina Police Service (RPS) is looking into more than 30 incidents where windows were smashed out of homes or vehicles by passing vandals. Full Story
A Southwest Airlines jet carrying 148 people made an emergency landing in Boise on Sunday because of a cracked windshield, according to Boise fire and airport officials. Full Story
Plaintiffs’ Monita Sharma and Eric Anderson have filed court documents opposing BMW’s motions to dismiss and strike the class action status in an alleged sunroof defect lawsuit. “Despite well-settled case law disfavoring motions to strike class allegations at the pleading stage and discussing the premature nature of such motions, BMW of North America LLC has nevertheless again decided to bring its motion to entice the court into an unnecessary examination of class certification issues,” plaintiffs’ attorneys claim in court documents. Full Story
The Novus biennial Super Session came to a close Saturday with doses of both enthusiasm and realism. The Saturday morning session began with the enthusiasm—in the form of two presentations by Gary Michaels of Southwestern Consulting, who challenged to group to be more enthusiastic about their work. “Enthusiasm is contagious,” he said, “it makes other people want to help you and makes people better than they are.” Full Story
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“This is one of those weeks where I’ll cover about three different thoughts. Leadership lessons are in each!” —Mark Liston Full Story
ABRA Auto Body & Glass has acquired the Knoxville Collision Center in Knoxville, Tenn. This is the company’s first center in the city. Full Story
Nas Mesho can smooth over any cracks customers may have when they come in to his shop. Mesho has opened Auto Glass Direct, located on 48th Street. Full Story
Geico has put up a big “Help Wanted” sign at its Macon, Ga., office in order to hire new associates to keep up with the company’s strong policyholder growth. The Macon office, which already employs more than 5,400 associates, has identified more than 500 new positions that it would like to add this year. Full Story
We hear a fair amount these days about birds and planes colliding…but birds and cars?
A woman from Golden, Colo., says she was driving along Highway 76 in Adams County Wednesday when she saw some birds in the distance trying to take flight. Next thing she knew, one of them—a goose—smashed right through her windshield.
Three west Florida teenagers are still alive because of the quick actions taken by a woman and her father.
Paige and her father rushed to the vehicle in an attempt to save the people inside. They managed to smash a window and pulled out three teenagers, before the car burst into flames.
An 18 year old driver survives, after a farm post goes through the windshield of his car in Van Buren Township. Full Story
State Farm’s attorneys deny the company has violated antitrust laws in their court response to a group of Florida collision shops which filed a lawsuit alleging State Farm (and dozens of other insurers) use a direct repair program to “illegally control and depress” repair rates and if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away. This case has potential implications for the AGRR industry, as independent automotive glass repair shops allege similar issues with third-party administrators (TPAs), which handle automotive glass claims for insurers. Full Story
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“We are the second largest network in this country,” said Garry Skidmore, president and CEO of TCG International, in welcoming franchisees to the Novus biennial Super Session being held in Tucson, Ariz., this week, “and we have an amazing reputation for quality and value.”
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“Last September and December I wrote blogs titled ‘Wind at Our Backs?’ and ‘Winds at Our Backs Part II.’ I said that “it appears that we may have some wind at our back” when looking at the key drivers (the weather, the economy and miles driven) of the automotive glass repair and replacement (AGRR) industry. If you focus mainly on the weather as a key driver and look at what we’ve experienced in the United States this past winter, many would describe it as harsh or brutal in much of the country.” —David Rohlfing Full Story
The Boyd Group has opened a new Gerber Collision & Glass location in Fayetteville, N.C. Full Story
Safelite AutoGlass recently relocated its east side Tucson, Ariz., shop from 7381 E Broadway to 1402 S. Kolb. Full Story
A side window that suddenly blew apart on a car for no apparent reason makes rock chips an even less likely explanation than ever, according to an auto consumer advocate.
Melanie Marchand was driving on Highway 16 west of Edmonton, when the passenger side window in her 2012 Gucci Edition Fiat 500 suddenly shattered with a loud bang, spraying her and the interior with thousands of pieces of broken glass. Full Story
Modern cars are essentially rolling computers, with chips and code controlling everything from your engine to your entertainment. The level of technology is so advanced that we may one day soon see drivers rendered irrelevant. And yet we’re still using small squares of reflective glass to see what’s behind us. Full Story
A 57-year-old man who was pulled through the sunroof of his car Wednesday morning just as it was sinking into a pond at Algonquin Commons is listed in critical condition at an area hospital, authorities said.
Officials said first responders smashed the sunroof of the vehicle to gain access, cut Mellor’s seat belt and pulled him through the roof as the car was sinking. Full Story
Mathew Howcroft, a former technician trainee with Safelite AutoGlass in Charlotte, N.C. has filed a complaint against the company in the U.S. District Court of North Carolina, Statesville division, claiming, “the termination of plaintiff from his position was in violation of the public policy in the State of North Carolina, specifically, the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act … which makes discrimination on account of disability of an otherwise qualified individual an unlawful employment practice.” The plaintiff has had the three middle fingers on his left hand amputated. Full Story
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018, to come equipped with rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver to detect areas behind the vehicle to reduce death and injury resulting from backover incidents. Full Story
“I am ready for my training and exam proctoring coming up in San Antonio, Texas, and I can’t wait until next week. As most of you know, I live in Wisconsin and this winter has been slow in leaving God’s Country. We have had one of the harshest winters in memory and I am looking forward to the warm and dry climate of south central Texas and the camaraderie of my friends and colleagues in the automotive glass industry.” —Bob Beranek Full Story
Belron recently chose multilateral netting software hosted by Coprocess. The system will encompass Belron Group’s treasury operations, including Autoglass and Carglass. Full Story
A German 3-D printing company has announced it will locate its first U.S. facility in Michigan after representatives met with Gov. Rick Snyder in Germany.
Friedberg-based Voxeljet uses large-format 3-D printers to create automotive parts and molds. Snyder met with Voxeljet’s chief executive during the governor’s second trade trip to Europe this week. Full Story
Detroit’s bankruptcy retiree committee on Tuesday slapped the Detroit Institute of Arts with a subpoena for nearly a century’s worth of records, signaling its continued resistance to a plan to protect the art from sale in exchange for less severe cuts to pensions. Full Story
Two women reported having their vehicle windows broken during daylight hours in Bismarck. Full Story
Mike Boyle (doing business as Surface Dynamix) has filed a response brief in the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Eugene division, arguing that GlasWeld’s proposed definitions for patent terms “fail to answer the questions that must be answered, and thus would leave the determination of claim meaning to the jury.” Full Story
Cao Dewang, founder and chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, China’s largest automobile glass manufacturer, said on March 24 that the company had invested $200 million in the United States to build the world’s largest plant which will be put into operation next year with annual automotive glass reaching 4 million sets.
The project, as Fujian’s largest investment project in the U.S., has been approved by the Ministry of Commerce. Full Story
Boyd Group Income Fund announced that it has finalized and executed a new definitive agreement with an existing paint supplier. Full Story
Modern premium cars come with outside-aimed detection cameras to help prevent front-end collisions, back-over accidents and the like.
But German auto supplier Continental is preparing to go to market with advanced- safety equipment that includes interior cameras pointed at the driver. The goal: to detect distraction, inattentiveness and drowsiness. Full Story
The city of Detroit suggested a Harvard economist and Manhattan Institute senior fellow lead a group of expert witnesses for Judge Steven Rhodes, who wants to hire independent experts to analyze the feasibility of the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan. Full Story
A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in a Minnesota federal court accuses State Farm of acting in breach of contract and bad faith by failing to pay insureds actual cash value for their total-loss vehicles. The suit alleges that the insurer uses a third-party valuation service to systematically cut payments by 7 percent. Full Story
A traffic light that fell onto a car Sunday afternoon on Two Notch Road was improperly installed and loosened by the wind, according to a state construction engineer.
Several bystanders took photos of the car stopped in the 7400 block of Two Notch Road. The traffic light had smashed through the windshield on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
Delta Sonic, which has 30 locations throughout Western and Central New York, Chicago and Erie, Pa., is adding automotive glass repair and replacement to its services. The company, which specializes in big gas islands that feature a car wash, convenience store, fast food and detail shop, is in the process of rolling out automotive glass replacement services throughout the country. Full Story
Nelson Glass Tools, a machine and tool manufacturer located in Northern California, has released its newest accessory for the Glass Bot Automated Glass Removal System. The Glass Bot Apex Corner Tool assists in the automation of glass removal by guiding … Full Story
“Pokémon is taking over the world. Have you heard? Well, according to Google Maps, he is. Happy April Fool’s Day! Could the biggest April Fool’s Day joke of all be coming from Mother Nature? Looking outside, the sun is shining here in Washington, D.C., and it’s supposed to be a beautiful day. Is this yet another warm snap before we get more snow? I sure hope not. While the bad weather drove an increase in AGRR business in many areas, I think many of us are ready for Spring to have finally arrived. And today is a day to welcome Spring by pulling pranks on your favorite co-workers and friends.” —Jenna Reed Full Story
NSF International, in collaboration with the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Flat Glass Manufacturing Division, has developed a product category rule (PCR) for flat and float glass. Full Story
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Auto Glass Week™, the three-day international event featuring automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars and an exhibition/extravaganza, is proud to announce that Gold Glass Group (GGG®), a company who specializes in parts and universal moldings for the automotive glass … Full Story
Caliber Collision Centers has opened its 23rd location in the greater Los Angeles region in Oxnard, Calif. Full Story
The nation’s top auto safety regulator will seek to cast blame on General Motors when he testifies on Tuesday before a House subcommittee looking into the ignition problem of Chevrolet Cobalts and other cars. Full Story
A shuttle bus carrying 16 passengers plus the driver, struck a guardrail and overturned before dawn Sunday along Interstate 95 south of the nation’s capital. One person died and 16 others were sent to the hospital, with one woman in critical condition, Virginia State Police said.
Crews were visible using a tall crane trying to right the bus. Its windshield was shattered and much of its right side crumpled from the right front bumper backward. Full Story
Illinois State Police District 11 Tuesday reported a serious accident occurred at the I-255 Northbound ramp to Collinsville Rd. Sunday morning that resulted in a passenger being ejected through a windshield. Full Story