Industry Members Share Their Predictions for the Year

FY 2021 is in full swing and auto glass senior leadership and business owners have shared why they think this year is filled with optimism.

“Forecasting for 2021 was quite difficult, but we were fortunate enough to open up a couple of new stores, as we believe in the brick and mortar,” explained Jon Laski, CEO at City Auto Glass during Auto Glass Week Preview Day held earlier this month.

Laski said that City Auto Glass has increased its staff after having a few promising months in 2020. But he’s not the only one who’s grown from the pandemic, as Peter Brown, president of Tiny & Son’s Auto Glass, said he’s made changes to his business too.

“I just added two new trucks and have trained four new technicians,” said Brown. “I think it’s going to be okay now that people know what’s going on and how to work with us [since the start of the pandemic].”

Ted Andersen, vice president of franchising at Novus Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., said he’s focused on bringing the company’s financials back to what they were prior to COVID, in 2019. “As it pertains to forecasting we are going to do some expansion this year, we’re bringing our collision business into the U.S. and that’s going to allow us to grow on the collision and auto glass sides,” explained Andersen.

Andersen also noted that the anticipated growth aimed for 2021 will be “tricky” as many states are still issuing lock down orders, California being one of them.

“We’re fortunate enough that we were deemed as an essential service,” said Andersen. “I think that [now] everyone understands how to operate through this [pandemic] and it’ll be good going forward.”

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