Safelite Group, parent company to Safelite AutoGlass, is acquiring substantially all of the automotive glass assets of Kansas City’s Santa Fe Glass, not including its glazing-related business. The AGRR business “will operate under a Safelite and Santa Fe co-branding strategy until further plans are made,” according to a Safelite statement.
The deal was finalized at the close of business October 31, 2014. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Santa Fe Glass is located in the Kansas City area near the Santa Fe Trail, which is how the name was derived. Santa Fe Glass was founded in 1958 by Roy Hall, Milo Stallman and Kenneth Stallman.
In 1986, the business was acquired by Dan and Nancy Donovan. The Donovans will continue to operate Santa Fe Glass’s residential and commercial flat glass business out of five locations: Gladstone, Mo.; Harrisonville, Mo.; Independence, Mo.; Merriam, Kan., and Odessa, Mo.
The company’s sixth facility in Lee’s Summit, Mo., will transition to Safelite along with approximately 20 employees from the vehicle glass operations.
“There are no plans to reduce staff,” according to a company statement.
The Donovans and other members of the family involved in management “will help transition the auto glass associates and business,” according to the statement.
“We are pleased to welcome Santa Fe’s auto glass employees to the Safelite team,” says Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite Group. “As we continue to grow our company—both through strategic acquisitions of smaller, strong regional brands, as well as through organic growth, we know that our associates will benefit from our commitment to giving them all the resources they need to succeed and that our customers will continue to receive the best value and service in the industry.”