Entrepreneur Magazine has released its 39th annual list of top 500 franchises, and six companies related to the auto glass industry landed a spot this year—Matco Tools, MacTools, Ziebart, Glass Doctor, SuperGlass Windshield Repair and Novus Glass.
No. 36 – Matco Tools
Initial Investment: $91,385 – $269,565
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +86
CEO: Timothy Gilmore
The Ohio-based company, which is a subsidiary of Fortive Corporation, was founded in 1979 and began franchising in 1993, according to Entrepreneur. The franchise manufactures and distributes automotive repair tools, diagnostic equipment and toolboxes.
As of July 2017, the company has 1,757 locations internationally—1,680 located throughout the U.S., 75 overseas and two that are company-owned.
No. 40 – Mac Tools
Initial Investment: $103,190 – $256,005
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +246
CEO: Brett Shaw
Originally named the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company when the company was founded in 1938, Mac Tools sells automotive tools and equipment. The company began franchising seven years ago in 2011 and is a division of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. Prior to becoming a franchise, the company offered distributorships.
Since the company began franchising, it has 791 U.S. locations, 355 outside of U.S. borders and 20 that are company-owned.
No. 151 – Ziebart
Initial Investment: $227,000 – $450,000
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +16
CEO: Thomas Wolfe
Ziebart is no stranger to the Franchise 500 List, having made the ranks more than 20 times.
The company has been franchising for 55 years but was founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart, a German auto mechanic, in Detroit, Mich.
Today, the company provides a variety of auto detailing services including glass repair, window tinting and paint protection film (PPF), as well as fabric and rust protection.
Ziebart has 12 company-owned locations, 297 franchises outside of the U.S., and 82 across the country, according to the Entrepreneur’s stats.
No. 179 – Glass Doctor
Initial Investment: $128,800 – $265,500
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +5
CEO: Mike Bidwell
Glass Doctor, based in Waco, Texas, was established in 1962 and began franchising in 1977.
The franchise, which is a subsidiary of the Dwyer Group, offers glass replacement, service and repair to the automotive, residential and commercial markets.
As of July 2017, the company has 166 locations across the U.S., and 14 others in Canada.
No. 402 – SuperGlass Windshield Repair
Initial Investment: $9,910 – $31,000
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +7
CEO: David Casey
CEO David Casey, as well as Bill Costello and Bill Mitchell, started SuperGlass Windshield Repair in 1992 in Atlanta and began franchising the following year. Now based in Orlando, Fla., the privately held company has locations worldwide, including South Africa, Spain, France and Germany.
The company has a total of 332 franchises with 291 located across the U.S., and 41 located overseas.
No. 455 – Novus Glass
Initial Investment: $46,200 – $241,899
Year-Over-Year Change in Units: +5
CEO: Steve Leal
The franchise, a FIX Auto World company, was founded in 1972 and has been franchising for 33 years, starting in 1985.
The company has almost 2,000 franchisees throughout the world, according to its 2017 Entrepreneur stats. 1,799 are located outside of the U.S., 168 are U.S.-based and 32 are company-owned.
Entrepreneur comprises its list using a precise formula involving several key pillars: costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial strength and stability.