Uniban Canada announced the acquisition of Go Glass KW Group, an Ontario-based auto glass repair and replacement network. Uniban Canada is a subsidiary of the Clairus Group, a North American provider of technology-enabled repair, replacement and calibration services for automotive glass and related Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
According to the company, its recent acquisition was “a strategic step for Uniban Canada in solidifying its distribution market share and service footprint in the southwestern Ontario market,” by purchasing Go Glass KW Group’s seven stores, 20 mobile units, and gaining its 42 employees located in Kitchener, Ontario.
“Having acquired the Go Glass & Accessories franchisor from John Day in 2017, Clairus is very familiar with the Go Glass network,” said Marc Desmarais, Clairus Group president and CEO. “We are proud to acquire yet another outstanding business from John, a true veteran of the auto glass industry.”
The acquisition will provide Go Glass KW Group with additional resources to further develop its calibration capabilities and enhance its customer experience, according to Uniban Canada.
“I’m proud that Go Glass KW Group is partnering with The Clairus Group. I feel extremely confident that the business will enjoy significant benefits as part of such a well-respected and vertically integrated auto glass platform,” said Day.
Uniban Canada also announced, through its Go Glass KW Group acquisition, Clairus Group is joining forces with Tim Mayvaian and Leon Momejian, two auto glass industry operators and key management team members at Go Glass KW Group. Both will also serve as a driving force in the Clairus Group’s strategy to develop additional opportunities in the southwestern region of Ontario.
The Clairus Group planned on acquiring additional companies across the globe, as Desmarais spoke to Tara Taffera, AGRR/glassBYTEs’ editorial director, about the company’s plans to enter into the states in the 2018 May/June issue of AGRR. During the interview he highlighted its strengths and potential concerns aiming to increase its overall presence in the United States.
Expanding Its Network
After creating the company’s mergers and acquisitions team, the company acquired At Pac Auto Parts and its network of stores in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, as well as its three warehouses in Quebec. This transaction was completed with the Dumas brothers’ support.
“The claims industry is in a state of flux. Consumer needs are evolving—now more than ever, they want advanced services, expert know-how and technological innovation. That’s where we come in. With our service platform, we can quickly and easily look at our customers’ needs and match them with the most qualified repair and claims management professionals,” said Desmarais.