Members of the Auto Glass Industry React to
Safelite Purchase of Klein-Dickert
November 8, 2012
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the auto glass industry have been very vocal in their
thoughts on Safelite Group's recent
acquisition of Madison, Wisc.-based auto glass business Klein-Dickert
Co. Inc (KDCI).
The announcement, made a week ago, has been met with a range of
viewpoints within in the industry.
Readers took to the glassBYTEs.com
message boards to express their thoughts on the deal. "They
want the whole glass business," says one reader. "[Safelite] can't
leave family businesses alone. If this isn't a monopoly, what is
going on then?"
Another reader expressed concern for consumers.
"This is an unfortunate piece of news," he says. "Independent glass
shops will not win the ground battle. Like the game of Risk, Safelite
will continue to conquer. Your only hope is to draw the consumers
into the mix. Without proof of consumer harm, it will be very difficult
to stop the momentum. Your craft has become a commodity and I still
believe that the consumers' safety is being compromised."
Several readers held an entirely different viewpoint; some even
suggested embracing the merger.
"Big guys purchased the company I worked for, [it's the] best thing
that happened to the company and me, bar none," comments one reader.
"Klein-Dickert folks: embrace the change it will be a great thing."
"The other side of the argument is: if a company is barely holding
on and a lucrative offer comes by and you have an opportunity to
walk away and fish or do whatever you want to do, would you take
the negotiated offer?" asks another reader.
What was your reaction to the agreement? Email Casey Neeley at
and share your thoughts.
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