Belgium Terrorist Attacks Occur in D’Ieteren’s Backyard

More than 30 people have died and dozens more injured in terrorists attacks carried out at an airport and metro station in Brussels, Belgium, today. This news hits home for the AGRR industry because the city is headquarters to D’Ieteren, parent company to Belron, which in turn owns Safelite AutoGlass in the United States.

“Our thoughts are with all of those who lost their lives, their families and friends,” says Melina Metzger, public relations manager for Safelite Group. “We have heard from Belron that all our people—both with Belron and Carglass Belgium—are accounted for and safe.”

Belron is based in London, while its Carglass brand has at least two branches in Brussels.

The headquarters of the European association Glass Alliance Europe, which includes automotive glass, is located a little over a mile southwest of the metro station, where an explosion occurred, and less than three miles southwest of the airport—also the site of an explosion.

Meanwhile, the Federation of the Glass Industry (IVF), Belgium’s glass association, is located less than three miles south of the metro station and less than 10 miles southwest of the airport.

“All suspicious behavior should be reported directly to the security services,” according to a statement by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, which is the parent organization to the Federation of the Glass Industry.

The bombings come four days after Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks, was arrested in Brussels, according to a report.

Three days of national mourning have been declared.

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