Author Archives: Chris Collier

Fix Network Hosts ‘Trades Experience Day’

Fix Network recently hosted the graduating class of pre-apprenticeship body technicians from Tropicana Community Services for its first Fix Network ‘Trades Experience Day’ at its Milton facility in Ontario, Canada. Tropicana’s Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer pre-apprenticeship program is … Continue reading

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The Major Problems Blocking America’s Electric Car Future

Just a decade and a half ago, the then-CEO of General Motors Co. Rick Wagoner observed to Larry Burns, at the time GM’s head of research and strategy, that not many industries stay the same for a century. But the … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Plants its Flag in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

NOVUS Glass, an automotive glass repair and replacement brand, has reinforced its presence in Canada with the opening of a location in Quebec’s St-Hyacinthe region. NOVUS Glass St-Hyacinthe marks a milestone in entrepreneur Real Arcand’s aftermarket career. Arcand, who has … Continue reading

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Mitchell and Inspektlabs Team Up for AI-Generated Vehicle Appraisals

Mitchell announced Wednesday, Aug. 25 a collaboration with Inspektlabs that will bring together its advanced claims automation solution, Mitchell Intelligent Estimating, with Inspektlab’s artificial intelligence to automatically generate appraisals for vehicle owners from photos or videos of damaged vehicles. According … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Springfield, Missouri

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Springfield, Mo. This repair center operated as St. Louis Street Auto Body and served the community since 1965. Located in southwestern Missouri, Springfield is … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Reports 44% Sales Increase and Demand for Labor in U.S.

As the business world continues to operate nearly a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, The Boyd Group announced Wednesday that sales are up and demand has increased in the U.S. for the company’s services to the point … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Adds New Location in Canada

Fix Auto Calgary Center in Alberta, Canada, is the latest shop to join Fix Network’s array of Canadian locations. Owner Gurveer Randev believes the aftermarket industry has always been a part of his DNA, with his family operating successful automotive … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Round Rock, Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Round Rock, Texas. This repair center is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Austin by an area with a population of 2.3 million people. … Continue reading

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Mander Collision and Glass Opening New Location in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Mander Collision and Glass Opening New Location in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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Meet Chip—Marketer—and Mascot—Extraordinaire

Once John Perkins, president of Genuine Auto Glass in Seattle, Wash., decided he wanted to create a company mascot, he shared his idea with vice president/general manager Jeff Crane. Crane pulled out a napkin, drew an original draft and sent … Continue reading

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AGSC Alerts Members of Pertinent Legislation

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) sent out a ‘legislative alert’ to notify its members of several bills that are under review in Colorado, Massachusetts and Oregon. The organization says the legislation could impact business. Colorado The punishment for certain … Continue reading

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Rookie and Veteran Competitors Make Mark at AGW

This year’s Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) competitions were fierce. From June 7-9, the country’s finest repair and replacement technicians, calibrators and customer service representatives battled inside the walls of the Orange County Convention Center. When the dust settled and the … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Techs Take on Western Heat Waves

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday, addressing power grid concerns spurred by scorching temperatures that have climbed as high as 118 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. It’s the latest in the heat-wave crisis that … Continue reading

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REHAU Group Re-Organizes and Revamps Business Structure

The REHAU Group announced that it is setting up REHAU Automotive and REHAU Industries as separate companies within the Group, dividing the company currently known as REHAU AG + Co. Together with RAUMEDIC and Meraxis as well as the recently … Continue reading

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AGW Competitors Gear up and Share Strategies

The Auto Glass Week™ competitions, to be held June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., are fast approaching. How are competitors prepping for the showdowns? TJ Tirado, owner of Windshield Fitters Inc. and Rock Chip USA, … Continue reading

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In COVID-19’s Aftermath, U.S. Auto Glass Shops Begin Anew

On May 13, exactly 14 months or 426 days after the U.S declared a national emergency due to COVID-19, the CDC announced that fully-vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under … Continue reading

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U.S. Report Finds Anti-Competitive Repair Restrictions

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report finding that product manufacturers engage in anti-competitive repair restrictions and that there is “scant evidence to support manufacturers’ justifications” for their ongoing practices. FTC found numerous types of restrictions imposed, including … Continue reading

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Colonial Pipeline Restarted as Shops Assess Damage

The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline began restarting its operations Wednesday evening after a ransomware attack that crippled the system for six days and led to gas shortages across the Southeast, according to CNN. Pipeline operators have cautioned that it could take … Continue reading

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7 Easy Things to do Before Heading to Auto Glass Week

If you are making your way to Auto Glass Week™(AGW), here are 7 steps to help ensure you have the best possible experience. 1. Review the agenda and plan your days. 2. Check out the show floor online to see … Continue reading

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Geico Data Breach Leads to Class-Action Lawsuit

Plaintiffs Alexander Mirvis, Betty Butler and Lainie Froehlich filed a class action complaint against defendant Geico over a recent data breach that compromised the Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers and driver’s license numbers of current and former customers. … Continue reading

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