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Boyd Group Acquires Collex Collision Experts

Boyd Group Income Fund announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, The Boyd Group (U.S.) Inc., has signed a definitive agreement and concurrently closed, effective June 2, 2014, the acquisition of Collex Collision Experts Inc. and Collex Collision Experts of Florida … Continue reading

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Does Automobile Insurance Follow the Car or the Driver?

Does Automobile Insurance Follow the Car or the Driver?

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Caught in a Hail Storm

Caught in a Hail Storm

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Drivers on Alert after Multiple Broken Windows

Drivers on Alert after Multiple Broken Windows

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Turkey Shatters Man’s Windshield on I-575

Turkey Shatters Man’s Windshield on I-575

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Windows of About Two Dozen Vehicles Shot Out in Edmonds Earlier this Week

Windows of About Two Dozen Vehicles Shot Out in Edmonds Earlier this Week

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Judge Issues Stay of Partial Summary Judgment in GlasWeld and Boyle Case

Correction: An earlier version of this story ran with an incorrect headline. The current has been updated to accurately reflect the information below. United States District Judge Ann Aiken, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: More GM Recalls

TODAY’S BLOG: More GM Recalls

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Storm Damage Keeps Local Businesses Busy

Storm Damage Keeps Local Businesses Busy

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Vetrocar Opens New Service Depots in Italy

Vetrocar, the Italian Partner of Automotive Glass Europe, recently opened 10 new service depots. Its network all over Italy now includes 115 Vetrocar depots. “We expected growth because of the remarkable changes in the Italian market last year, but this … Continue reading

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GM Recall Probe Prompts Executive Departures

GM Recall Probe Prompts Executive Departures

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Truck Driver Killed after Manhole Cover Flies through Windshield, Hits Him in Head

Truck Driver Killed after Manhole Cover Flies through Windshield, Hits Him in Head

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Shooting Leaves Windshield Shattered, Occupant Injured

Shooting Leaves Windshield Shattered, Occupant Injured

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Method Glass Opens Mobile Shop in Phoenix

Method Glass opened its mobile shop in Phoenix, Ariz. The new family-owned automotive glass repair and replacement company offers certified expert automotive glass technicians and a lifetime warranty to its customers. Method Glass offers all forms of vehicle repair and replacement … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons from Memorial Day

TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons from Memorial Day

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National Windshield Repair Association E-Newsletter Now Available

National Windshield Repair Association E-Newsletter Now Available

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Safelite’s Insurance-Claim Business Blossomed in Bad Winter

Safelite’s Insurance-Claim Business Blossomed in Bad Winter

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Central Texas Glass Doctor® Featured in HGTV’s Fixer Upper Program

Glass Doctor of the Heart of Texas, owned by Doug Dotson, former glassBYTEs.com blogger, faced an exciting challenge when he and his company installed 26 large windows in a turn-of-the-century home. Not only was it a complicated project, but the … Continue reading

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Webster Glass Has a New Owner

Webster Glass Has a New Owner

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Backlog of Repairs to Countless Cars Damaged by Hailstorm

Backlog of Repairs to Countless Cars Damaged by Hailstorm

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After Hailstorm, Car Owners, Repair Shops and Insurance Agents are Scrambling

After Hailstorm, Car Owners, Repair Shops and Insurance Agents are Scrambling

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Actuaries Grapple with Autonomous Vehicle Accident Scenarios

Actuaries Grapple with Autonomous Vehicle Accident Scenarios

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Passenger Killed When Deer Smashes through Windshield

Passenger Killed When Deer Smashes through Windshield

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Family OK after Deer Falls from Overpass, Crashes through Windshield

Family OK after Deer Falls from Overpass, Crashes through Windshield

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PGW Sells LYNX Services

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) plans to sell its Insurance and Services Division (I&S), which includes LYNX Services, GTS and Glaxis, along with other information technology services to Solera Holdings (NYSE SLH) of Westlake, TX. Solera will purchase 100% of the … Continue reading

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DOT Numbers Awarded; One in N.Y., the Other in Italy

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded two new DOT numbers to companies; one of which is based in Italy, the other the Authority Transit Car in New York. DOT No. 1015 went to Authority Transit Car, which is … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Hail Damage Not as Severe this Time Around

Oklahoma auto glass shop employees say this series of hail storms hasn’t brought as much damage, or as much business, as the past series of storms. “We haven’t seen anything yet,” says Bill Stoneking, shop foreman for City Glass OKC … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Feeding the Pig

TODAY’S BLOG: Feeding the Pig

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Auto Glass Week™ 2014 Adds SRP to the Returning Sponsors List

SRP, a leading automotive glass industry organization providing auto glass adhesives, cleaner, WSR kits and headlamp restoration kits, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Auto Glass Week™. The three-day international event features automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational … Continue reading

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Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

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Orion Business to Invest $15.3 Million, Create 102 Jobs

Orion Business to Invest $15.3 Million, Create 102 Jobs

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Man Kicks Out Window, Escapes Detainment in Castaic

Man Kicks Out Window, Escapes Detainment in Castaic

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Carburetor Thrown through Vehicle Window

Carburetor Thrown through Vehicle Window

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Safe-Guard Canada Announces Partnership with Nissan Canada Extended Services Inc.

Safe-Guard Canada announced a new partnership with Nissan Canada Extended Services Inc. (NCESI). Protection plans, which will include windshield protection, administered by Safe-Guard Canada will be available to Nissan and Infiniti buyers and lessees in 219 dealer showrooms across Canada … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Plans New Bethlehem Township, Pa., Facility

Gerber Collision & Glass Plans New Bethlehem Township, Pa., Facility

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State Farm to Raise Car Insurance Rates

State Farm to Raise Car Insurance Rates

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Call Kurtis: When Insurance Companies Can’t Agree on Who’s at Fault

Call Kurtis: When Insurance Companies Can’t Agree on Who’s at Fault

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Woman Threw Brick through Car Window as Toddler Sat in Back Seat, Say Deputies

Woman Threw Brick through Car Window as Toddler Sat in Back Seat, Say Deputies

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ROLAGS™ to Require Thermal Cycling Test on Resin

A newly updated Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard™ (ROLAGS) has been submitted by its secretariat, the National Windshield Repair Association and approved by ANSI. ANSI/NWRA/ROLAGS™ 001-2014 replaces and supersedes the previous ROLAGS Standard. It now includes redesigned testing protocols … Continue reading

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How to Avoid the Wind: Stay Inside or Move Away

How to Avoid the Wind: Stay Inside or Move Away

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63-year-old Chattanooga Company, Grant’s Auto Glass Co., is Closing Shop as Owners Retire

63-year-old Chattanooga Company, Grant’s Auto Glass Co., is Closing Shop as Owners Retire

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Higher Insurance Premiums Drive Allstate Profit Beat

Higher Insurance Premiums Drive Allstate Profit Beat

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Massachusetts Fines Geico for Inconsistencies in Accident Reporting

Massachusetts Fines Geico for Inconsistencies in Accident Reporting

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I-Team: Reports of Road Reflector Car Damage Not Isolated

I-Team: Reports of Road Reflector Car Damage Not Isolated

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Hit and Run Driver Smashes Windshield, Flees with Head out the Window

Hit and Run Driver Smashes Windshield, Flees with Head out the Window

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Vandals Shoot Out Car Windows in East KC Neighborhood

Vandals Shoot Out Car Windows in East KC Neighborhood

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Safelite Group Denies Former Tech’s Allegations of Wrongful Termination Under Americans with Disabilities Act

The attorneys for Safelite Group deny the company did anything wrong in its dealings with a former technician trainee with Safelite AutoGlass in Charlotte, N.C., who alleges he was wrongfully terminated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mathew Howcroft, who … Continue reading

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AGTO and WRO Competition Rules and Regulations are Now Online

This October, Auto Glass Week™ will host AGRR™ magazine’s two competitions as they return for their ninth year in Baltimore, Md. Registered and prospective contestants can now view the official competition rules and regulations online, as well as the annotated … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens New Repair Center in Illinois

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a new location in Mundelein, Ill. The repair center is approximately 15,700 square feet. It previously operated under the name of Performance Restoration and Collision Center and now operates under the Gerber … Continue reading

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Caliber Collision Centers Announces New Facilities

Caliber Collision Centers opened two new locations in the Los Angeles area, as well as a new location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and one in the Silicon Valley region. “We are continuously looking for locations across our trading areas … Continue reading

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Feinberg Begins Negotiations in GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits

Feinberg Begins Negotiations in GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits

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Tire Crashes through Windshield of Commuter Bus in New Jersey

Tire Crashes through Windshield of Commuter Bus in New Jersey

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in ABQ

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in ABQ

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Vandals Target Dozens of Car Windows

Vandals Target Dozens of Car Windows

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NHTSA and Ford Recall Vehicles for Windshield Bubbling

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ford have recalled several models for impaired windshield visibility. “The presence of bubbles may hinder driver’s visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the recall notice.
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Is Your Company Ready for the Affordable Care Act?

It’s here. Whether you are for it or against it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has officially gone into effect. Does your company meet the requirements of the law? Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield, Window Film Violation Leads to Capture of FBI Most Wanted Fugitive

Aubrey Lee Price, a wanted man by the FBI, has been resurrected from the dead, all thanks to a cracked windshield and some dark window film. During a routine traffic stop in Brunswick, Ga., the 47-year-old fugitive, who was declared dead about a year ago following an apparently faked suicide, was brought into custody after being pulled over for a cracked windshield and illegal levels of window tint New Year’s Eve on Interstate 95. Continue reading

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Toyota and GM Issue NHTSA Recalls

Toyota and General Motors have each issued recalls through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for potential problems with windshield wipers and defrosters, respectively, which could impact windshield visibility. Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013-14 Camry and Camry … Continue reading

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Amazon Testing Drones for Same-Day Package Delivery, Bezos Says

Amazon Testing Drones for Same-Day Package Delivery, Bezos Says

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A Lesson for American Airlines and Hopefully Each of Us

A Lesson for American Airlines and Hopefully Each of Us

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Local Man Fixing Broken Car Windows, Windshields for Storm Victims

Local Man Fixing Broken Car Windows, Windshields for Storm Victims

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Coast Character: Biloxi Man’s Career is Long and Winding Road

Coast Character: Biloxi Man’s Career is Long and Winding Road

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N.C. Man Dies after Deer Crashes through His Windshield, Causing Vehicle to Run Off the Highway

N.C. Man Dies after Deer Crashes through His Windshield, Causing Vehicle to Run Off the Highway

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Man Dies in I-90 Crash

Man Dies in I-90 Crash

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Pilkington Closing Lathrop, Calif., Plant

Pilkington North America, a subsidiary of Nippon Sheet Glass, has announced it is closing its Lathrop, Calif., plant, which currently manufactures automotive and commercial architectural glass. According to a release from the company, “This decision was made after a careful … Continue reading

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Miles Driven Remain Relatively Steady in August

The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in August 2013, showing an overall increase of 1.3 percent, or 3.4 billion vehicle miles, from August 2012. Overall travel … Continue reading

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Webasto Invests More Than $8.7 Million into Chinese Plant

Webasto has announced a new Chongqing, China plant location. With an area encompassing approximately 172,200 square feet, the newly constructed site represents a total investment more than $8.7 million. According to a statement from the company, medium-term planning calls for … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: No More Tears

TODAY’S BLOG: No More Tears

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Car Insurance Costs Up 43 Percent in Recent Years, with Only California Showing a Decrease

Car Insurance Costs Up 43 Percent in Recent Years, with Only California Showing a Decrease

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Cracked Windshield Causes Plane to Make Emergency Landing in Orlando

Cracked Windshield Causes Plane to Make Emergency Landing in Orlando

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Auto Shop Worker Points Police to Hit-and-Run Suspect

Auto Shop Worker Points Police to Hit-and-Run Suspect

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Dozens of Cars Vandalized in West Park

Dozens of Cars Vandalized in West Park

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GlasWeld Files Motion to Strike Christopher Boyle’s Defense of Unenforceability

Following Christopher Boyle’s recent filing in the U.S. District Court of Oregon asking the court to strike patent infringement claims, plaintiff GlasWeld followed suit, filing a motion to strike the unenforceability defense from Boyle’s answer. In the company’s memo in … Continue reading

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‘Are We Still Close that Way?’ 9/11 Survivor Shares His Story

In an emotional presentation, today’s keynote speaker for Auto Glass Week™, FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, shared his harrowing tale of the infamous day. He was … Continue reading

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ROLAGS Committee to Focus on Marketing Efforts

A Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards (ROLAGS™) Committee meeting was held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina during Auto Glass Week today in Tampa, Fla. Members of the committee met to discuss both subcommittees and old and … Continue reading

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Alpine Glass Wins Eighth Arbitration Award for Short Pays

Alpine Glass of Minneapolis, Minn., has been awarded an arbitration award against AAA Insurance Co. for $149,500.57. The award represents 100 percent of the amount sought through arbitration for short pays from the insurer. Mike Reid, president of Alpine Glass, … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Fitters Hires Nik Frye

Scranton, Pa.-based Auto Glass Fitters announced the hiring of Nik Frye as its new vice president of sales. Frye brings many years of industry experience in retail sales, national sales, field sales, marketing and operations to the auto glass repair … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Are Leaders Born?

TODAY’S BLOG: Are Leaders Born?

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Steer Clear of Auto Repair Scams

Steer Clear of Auto Repair Scams

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Top 10 Safest Sports Cars of 2013

Top 10 Safest Sports Cars of 2013

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Incident: Transat A313 over Atlantic on Aug 12th 2013, Cracked Windshield

Incident: Transat A313 over Atlantic on Aug 12th 2013, Cracked Windshield

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Thirty Cars Damaged by Vandals

Thirty Cars Damaged by Vandals

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Credit Card Settlement Could Send Thousands Your Way

If you’ve accepted MasterCard and Visa payments from consumers within the past nine years, you may have some money coming your way. Notice of a settlement was recently filed in the amount of $7.25 billion with merchants who have accepted … Continue reading

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