The following was announced in the Independent Glass Association's Beacon Bulletin issued on Thursday, April 22, 2004.
In the spring of 2003,
twenty-five independently owned auto glass replacement companies met in
Chicago to develop an alternative to the benchmark list price our industry
is currently using. Members of the group felt that the current system
does not adequately reflect market realities. Therefore, they formed the
Chicago Auto Glass Group, N.F.P, a not-for-profit organization.
The group will give
their first national presentation to our industry during the "Pricing
Trends" seminar at the IGA's Independents' Days National Convention
and Glass Show in Columbus, Ohio on Friday April 30th.
Jesse Herrera and
Bud Oliver from NAGS will also speak about their new labor-based pricing
model during "Pricing Trends". The seminar has been extended
30 minutes to provide ample time for both presentations, and is now scheduled
from 1:45pm - 3:15pm on Friday. The IGA thanks NAGS for graciously sharing
their time during Pricing Trends.
Wes Topping, President
and CEO of Elite Auto Glass in Denver, and President and facilitator of
the Chicago Auto Glass Group, along with Carl Ostdiek, President of Henderson
Glass, will be presenters for the Chicago Auto Glass Group. Their presentation,
entitled "Guide to Developing Insurance Payment Benchmarks for Auto
Glass replacement Claims Fulfillment", will explain their guide and
the formulas used to establish a payment schedule.
This schedule is designed
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