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Columbus to Host Best of Belron U.S. Trials

Columbus, Ohio-based Belron US will host automotive glass technicians from Auto Glass Specialists, Elite Auto Glass and Safelite AutoGlass competing on January 26 at the company's retail location, 760 Dearborn Park Lane, Worthington, Ohio. The winners of the competition will represent Belron US in the International Best of Belron competition in London in May.

Best of Belron is an auto glass installation competition created in 2000 by Belron S.A., the parent company of Belron US.

Twelve competitors from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia will be participating in the Best of Belron national event after they finished first and second at their respective regional competitions held during the fall. They received $500 cash prizes and a trip to the competition in Columbus.

Each regional competition was comprised of six automotive glass technicians selected in September through a stringent application process. They will compete simultaneously to install windshields, fix shattered door glass and repair windshield chips.

"This competition was created to emphasize specific installation practices and to celebrate the work of our technicians, who are our direct link with the customer," says Dan Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Belron US. "This competition showcases the tremendous skills of our technicians and this year helps further integrate our U.S. associates into Belron's world-wide operations."

The following technicians will be participating in the national competition:

·Jon Balthazor of Minneapolis;
·Salvador Becerra of Los Angeles;
·Chris Bennett of Hartford, Conn.;
·Shawn Britt of Williamsburg, Va.;
·Curtis Hooper of Jacksonville, Fla.;
·Doug Kerner of Johnstown, Pa.;
·Scott Kolodgy of Thornton, Colo.;
·Ernie Lambdin of Tucson, Ariz.;
·Jayme Peitsmeyer of Thornton, Colo.;
·Justin Schexnayder of Metairie, La.;
·Fulgencio Velazquez of Houston; and
·Brad Wilmoth of Grand Rapids, Mich.

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