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Airxcel Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cleer Vision

Airxcel Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of products for the recreational vehicle (RV) and specialty HVAC markets, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cleer Vision Windows Inc, an RV and specialty equipment window manufacturer. The transaction is expected … Continue reading

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CDC Updates COVID-19 Checklist for Construction Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 checklists for construction employers and employees. The update includes sections on mental health and wellbeing, which recommends that employees recognize factors than can add work- or home-related stress … Continue reading

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Xinyi Canada Glass Suspends Proposed Float Facility in Stratford

Xinyi Canada Glass Ltd. has released a statement updating the public about its proposed float glass facility in Stratford, Ontario. This comes two months after company president Tommy Wong released a statement addressing local pushback and defending the proposal. The … Continue reading

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NSG Group’s CDP Rating Improved to Climate Change A-

NSG Group received a Climate Change A- leadership rating from CDP for the recognition of its climate change actions and information disclosure. CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions … Continue reading

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Lawyers Address Employer-Required Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are beginning to be administered to frontline health workers and those in long-term care facilities in the U.S. It’s not yet known to whom the vaccines will be made available in the second round, but the Washington Post … Continue reading

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Xinyi Canada President Addresses Claims About Proposed Ontario Float Plant

Since news about Xinyi Canada Glass Ltd.’s proposed $400 million float glass facility in Stratford, Ontario, became public knowledge, there has been some pushback from citizens and opposition groups. Company president Tommy Wong released a statement addressing several recent claims … Continue reading

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A Second Quarter Rebound’s Not Enough to Make Up for Glass Maker’s First Quarter Pandemic Hit

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the NSG Group’s year-over-year revenue and operating profit comparisons, demand recovered significantly from the first to second quarter of 2021 due to global easing of lockdowns, according to the group’s FY2021 2nd Quarter … Continue reading

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Several Industry Companies Make List of Largest Franchise Systems

Companies in the auto glass industry and related sectors have made the Franchise Times Top 200+ list, an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the U.S. based on the previous years system-wide sales. To qualify, franchisees must … Continue reading

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Glass Evidence: Was A Second Shooter Involved in President Kennedy’s Assassination?

Conspiracy theories about what happened on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been in abundance for decades, but an encounter at the Smithsonian led glass consultant Chris Barry to analyze whether a second shooter could have been … Continue reading

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NSG Group Reports Drop in Revenue, Operatizing Profit

NSG Group reported a drop in revenue and operating profit for each of its segments in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2021 (April through June 2020) compared to FY2020 Q1. In total, the company reported $859.9 million* … Continue reading

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Leadership Changes Occur at Guardian Glass as President Exits Company

Ron Vaupel, president and CEO of Guardian Industries, has assumed leadership of the company’s glass business in the wake of the departure of Kevin Baird, who had served as president and CEO of Guardian Glass since 2014. In further C-level … Continue reading

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Kansas Secretary of State Inspects Voting Shields at Binswanger Glass

Binswanger Glass is fabricating over 2,000 polycarbonate shields for polling locations to use in the 2020 primary and general elections. In response, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab visited Binswanger Glass’ Topeka, Kan., location on June 9 to meet with … Continue reading

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Industry Legend Roy Van Buskirk Passes Away at 89

Longtime glass industry veteran Roy Verne Van Buskirk of Champaign, Ill., passed away on April 21, 2020 at the Windsor of Savoy. He was 89 years old. Van Buskirk was born on June 10, 1930 in Champaign, the son of … Continue reading

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Understand How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Affects You

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and … Continue reading

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‘American Factory’ Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

“American Factory,” a documentary about Fuyao Glass America’s (Fuyao) plant in Moraine, Ohio, at the site of a former General Motors plant, has won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film was created by Barack and Michelle Obama’s … Continue reading

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Proposed Changes to Hours of Service for Commercial Drivers “Enhances Flexibility”

A recent notice of proposed rulemaking could change hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle drivers, including those who transport glass. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rule seeks to … Continue reading

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Schools in Session: NSG/Pilkington Gives Students a Lesson in Manufacturing

A group of middle school students recently had the opportunity to step out of the classroom and learn about manufacturing firsthand. Pilkington’s team at its Rossford, Ohio, plant had been seeking outreach opportunities to teach students about manufacturing even before … Continue reading

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Tariff Increase Threat Made Prior to Trade Talks with China

The administration has put more pressure on China prior to trade talks in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Sunday President Trump tweeted that the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products would go up from 10% to 25% on Friday. He … Continue reading

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Vitro’s Glenn Miner Reflects on 39-Year Career Before Retirement

After 39 years in the industry, Glenn Miner is preparing to retire. March 29, 2019 will be his last day as director of construction for Vitro Architectural Glass, but Miner says it’s still business as usual right now. Miner’s father … Continue reading

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Court Rules Construction Company Responsible for Man Hit by Rock from its Truck

A construction company will have to pay $4.7 million to a man injured in August 2014 when a rock from a truck operated by the company crashed through his windshield and struck him in the head, causing a skull fracture, … Continue reading

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Tariff Rate Increase Put on Pause Amid New Discussions

The United States will not raise the rate of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent on January 1, 2019, as previously planned, according to a statement from the White House. Tariffs will remain at the … Continue reading

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Organization Introduces Students to Skilled Trades

As the labor shortage continues to hinder hiring for many companies across the U.S., including auto glass, employers are looking at ways to increase interest and knowledge of skilled trades in schools. WorkingNation, a national non-profit campaign, has released a … Continue reading

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The EU’s Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect May 25

Companies that do business in the European Union over the Internet will be required to meet requirements specified by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect Friday, May 25, 2018. The data privacy law is meant … Continue reading

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Automotive Revenue and Profits Up for NSG Group in FY 2018 

NSG Group has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Annual Consolidated Financial Results from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The company saw an increase in both overall revenue and operating profit from FY 2017 to FY 2018. The … Continue reading

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Tariff Tiff Escalates Between China and the U.S.

Last week, the tariff conflict between China and the U.S. escalated, with the U.S. declaring that it intends to hit 1,300 more Chinese products with 25 percent tariffs. Soon after, China retaliated, announcing plans to impose 25-percent tariffs on 106 … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Shows Third Quarter Growth Despite Hurricanes, Currency Troubles

Boyd Group Income Fund reported its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The company’s sales increased by 13.5 percent, to $391.9 million (Canadian dollars) from $345.3 million in 2016. Boyd reported that its financial results were impacted by Hurricane Irma, and … Continue reading

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Asahi India Glass to Start Commercial Production at Taloja Float Glass Plant

Asahi India Glass to Start Commercial Production at Taloja Float Glass Plant

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Chinese Auto Glass Magnate Faces Union Challenge in Ohio

Chinese Auto Glass Magnate Faces Union Challenge in Ohio

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Self-Driving Bus Involved in Accident on its First Day

Self-Driving Bus Involved in Accident on its First Day

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Editorial: Make California Self-Driving Car Regulations a Model for America

Editorial: Make California Self-Driving Car Regulations a Model for America

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Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

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ADAS Retrofitting Opportunities, Auto Glass Tools Spotlighted at SEMA

For four days, SEMA brings together the latest and most exciting innovations within the automotive industry. Although not heavily focused on glass, the 2017 SEMA Show did touch on some topics of important to the glass industry. “[ADAS] is driven … Continue reading

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Las Vegas is Expanding its Self-Driving Shuttle Experiment

Las Vegas is Expanding its Self-Driving Shuttle Experiment

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Renault Shows Off Self-Driving Car that Can Avoid Obstacles as Well as Pro Test Drivers

Renault Shows Off Self-Driving Car that Can Avoid Obstacles as Well as Pro Test Drivers

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Start Your Week with this Fascinating 1979 Jeep Wagoneer Crash Test Footage

Start Your Week with this Fascinating 1979 Jeep Wagoneer Crash Test Footage

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Will InsureMyTesla Disrupt Auto Insurance Like Tesla Did the Auto Industry?

Will InsureMyTesla Disrupt Auto Insurance Like Tesla Did the Auto Industry?

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Crack Appears in Air NZ Plane’s Windscreen During Flight: ‘I Thought I was Going to Die’

Crack Appears in Air NZ Plane’s Windscreen During Flight: ‘I Thought I was Going to Die’

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Woman Charged with Stealing More Than $100,000 from North Dakota Auto Glass Shop

A woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the bank account of an auto glass shop in North Dakota where she worked. In July, Tri-County Glass owner Billie Lynn filed a police report with the Williston Police Department … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons – Culture

TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons – Culture

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Almost Half of UK Motorists Call for MOT Shake-Up

New research from Autoglass shows support for expanding the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test and increasing education on new driver assistance technologies. Nearly half of U.K. drivers, 48 percent, are in favor of updating the standard MOT test to cover … Continue reading

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How You Drive Matters a Lot to Your Insurer

How You Drive Matters a Lot to Your Insurer

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Wide Impact Seen From UAW Vote at Fuyao

Wide Impact Seen From UAW Vote at Fuyao

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Google and Autonation Partner on Self-Driving Car Program

Google and Autonation Partner on Self-Driving Car Program

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Nine Tennessee Collision Repair Centers

The Boyd Group Inc., parent company to Glass America and Gerber Collision & Glass, has acquired Auto Art Body Shop, a multi-store operation consisting of nine collision repair centers located in the Nashville region. Auto Art Body Shop was founded … Continue reading

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DOT Awards Numbers to Chinese Glass Manufacturer, American Tour Company

The Department of Transportation recently awarded DOT numbers to a Chinese glass manufacturer and a Nashville-based transportation company. Joyride 1 was awarded DOT Number 1092. The company provides free point-to-point transportation and tours in open-air, low-speed vehicles. Joyride has locations … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Technically Speaking – VIN Decoding

TODAY’S BLOG: Technically Speaking – VIN Decoding

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Caliber Collision Creates New Executive Roles

Caliber Collision recently announced two promotions to its executive leadership team. David Goldstein, a 20-year veteran of Caliber, will be promoted from senior vice president of operations to chief talent officer. He graduated from the UCLA Anderson Executive Program in … Continue reading

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Ford and Argo AI Invest In LIDAR by Acquiring Princeton Lightwave

Ford and Argo AI Invest In LIDAR by Acquiring Princeton Lightwave

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Slew of Vandalism Across the Metro has Car Owners Frustrated and Repair Shops Busy

Slew of Vandalism Across the Metro has Car Owners Frustrated and Repair Shops Busy

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August’s Miles Driven Up From Last Year, Down From July

Travel on all roads and streets increased 1.4 percent in August 2017, a jump of 3.9 billion vehicle miles, compared to August 2016 according to the Federal Highway Administration. However, there was a .3 percent month-over-month decline from July 2017. … Continue reading

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: See the Changes Side-By-Side

2018 Jeep Wrangler: See the Changes Side-By-Side

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Sunroof vs. Moonroof: What’s the Difference?

Sunroof vs. Moonroof: What’s the Difference?

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Ford to Begin Testing Self-Driving Cars in a Number of US Cities in 2018

Ford to Begin Testing Self-Driving Cars in a Number of US Cities in 2018

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Trump Administration Won’t Pursue Talking-Car Mandate

Trump Administration Won’t Pursue Talking-Car Mandate

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CFPB Report Finds Sharp Increase in Riskier Longer-Term Auto Loans

CFPB Report Finds Sharp Increase in Riskier Longer-Term Auto Loans

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Turner ‘Deeply Concerned’ by UAW at Fuyao

Turner ‘Deeply Concerned’ by UAW at Fuyao

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3 Out of 10 Recalled Vehicles are Not Repaired; Maryland Program Aims to Change That

Millions of vehicles are under recall at any given moment in the U.S., but not all owners of recalled vehicles get their car fixed. Faulty windshields and sunroofs remain on many vehicles, posing a potential safety threat to drivers and … Continue reading

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Hyundai Mobis Develops World-First Sunroof Airbag

Hyundai Mobis Develops World-First Sunroof Airbag

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NHTSA Seeking Comments on Driver-less Safety Regs

NHTSA Seeking Comments on Driver-less Safety Regs

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Flying Gravel a Problem on Utah Highways

Flying Gravel a Problem on Utah Highways

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Denver Man Says Hail Repair Shop Still Has His Car Nearly 4 Months Later

Denver Man Says Hail Repair Shop Still Has His Car Nearly 4 Months Later

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PGW Auto Glass Acquires Michaelson’s Glass

PGW Auto Glass, an LKQ company, acquired Lakewood, New Jersey-based wholesale glass dealer Michaelson’s Glass on Monday according to a statement obtained by glassBYTEs. The statement, attributed to Michaelson’s Glass, reads, “I, along with the Michaelson’s and PGW Auto Glass … Continue reading

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San Antonio Auto Repair Company Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Mission Glass, a San Antonio-based automotive and residential glass repair company, announced the celebration of its five-year anniversary this week. The company has worked with homeowners and business owners throughout the region to repair windshield cracks, replace full storefronts and … Continue reading

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Dealer Auto Glass AZ Launches Scholarship Program

Arizona-based auto glass company Dealer Auto Glass AZ recently launched its new scholarship program. The program is designed to encourage and attract ambitious individuals in their pursuit of continued education within the U.S. Dealer Auto Glass AZ places a great … Continue reading

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Workers at Fuyao Auto Glass Plant in Ohio Set Union Election

Workers at Fuyao Auto Glass Plant in Ohio Set Union Election

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Taiwan’s President to Travel in Real [Bullet-resistant] Limo

Taiwan’s President to Travel in Real [Bullet-resistant] Limo

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Bill to Decrease Auto Insurance Rates in Michigan Gets Mixed Reactions

Bill to Decrease Auto Insurance Rates in Michigan Gets Mixed Reactions

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UBS Slashes Tesla Profit Estimates Predicting More Model 3 Problems

UBS Slashes Tesla Profit Estimates Predicting More Model 3 Problems

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Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Sunroofs

As the demand for panoramic sunroofs continues to grow, so do the news stories about spontaneous exploding sunroofs nationwide. Windshields are regulated, but there are no such regulations for increasingly larger sunroofs despite consumer complaints about shattering glass. Consumer Reports … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons – Preparation

TODAY’S BLOG: Leadership Lessons – Preparation

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Sika Opens New Facility in Africa

Sika has expanded its presence in Africa. The company opened a new facility in the Angolan capital, Luanda. With the additional production capacities in Angola, Sika is moving further toward its goal of covering approximately 70 percent of the market … Continue reading

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After 65 Years at Pittsburgh Glass Works, This 83-Year-Old Worker Isn’t Ready to Quit

After 65 Years at Pittsburgh Glass Works, This 83-Year-Old Worker Isn’t Ready to Quit

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NHTSA Seeks to Remove Old Obstacles to Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars

NHTSA Seeks to Remove Old Obstacles to Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars

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Sunroof Airbags May One Day Protect You in Rollover Crashes

Sunroof Airbags May One Day Protect You in Rollover Crashes

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Assignment of Benefits Necessary for Industry

Assignment of benefits can put all parties involved in a vulnerable position, but the practice is necessary for the survival of the automotive glass industry, according to Morgan and Morgan attorney Anthony Prieto. At Auto Glass Week™, he spoke to … Continue reading

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Educating the Industry about NAGS 

The National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS) benchmark is a sensitive subject among the industry, something Mitchell International Inc. senior vice president of service and operations John Gilmartin addressed at Auto Glass Week™ as he explained how Mitchell is making improvements. … Continue reading

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Industry Learns How Body Language Can Help Explode Sales

Janine Driver knows that body language plays an important role in how people communicate. The author brought her knowledge to Auto Glass Week™ in West Palm Beach, Fla., to help businesses explode their sales. “What are you saying without saying … Continue reading

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2017 Auto Glass Replacement, Repair Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Pilkington Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO) and the GlasWeld Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) were announced tonight at a ceremony in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Auto Glass Week™ is being held. Ben Rorick of … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Looks Toward the Industry’s Future

The trend toward vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) is considered undeniable by many in the industry. At Auto Glass Week™, NSG Pilkington North America marketing specialist Erica Clouse looked at current changing trends and possible trends in the future. … Continue reading

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The Telephone Doctor Provides a Customer Service Cure

Quality products and service are at the heart of any business plan, but quality only goes so far. According to Nancy Friedman, the Telephone Doctor, more business is lost due to poor treatment of customers than due to poor products. … Continue reading

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Explaining the Exploding Sunroof

News of exploding sunroofs can often scare consumers. At Auto Glass Week™, Allied Glass Experts president Henry Chamberlain addressed the causes of sunroof shattering and said, “this is just one part of the conversation related to spontaneous tempered glass breakage.” … Continue reading

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AGTO, WRO Finalists Are Announced

The names of the Pilkington Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO) and GlasWeld Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) finalists were announced tonight. In no particular order, the finalists in the AGTO large-size company division are: Ben Rorick, store manager for … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Tackles ADAS

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are changing the game for those repairing and replacing auto glass. At Auto Glass Week, the industry got together to answer some of the big questions concerning ADAS recalibration. The Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) Automotive … Continue reading

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Mark Kelly Inspires Auto Glass Week™ Attendees with Keynote Speech

Retired astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly delivered an inspiring keynote speech at Auto Glass Week in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. He spoke about some of the most defining moments of his career and weaved those … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Opens Today

Auto Glass Week is officially open for business. It all started this week with association meetings and an industry golf tournament. Today, the competition heats begin, the educational sessions commence and the exhibit hall is open. Watch the video for … Continue reading

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AGSC and NWRA Honor Industry Veterans

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) and the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) both honored longtime industry leaders with awards this morning during Auto Glass Week™ in West Palm Beach, Fla. AGSC honored Paul Heinauer, president of Glasspro Inc., with … Continue reading

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NWRA Welcomes New Board Members and Ideas

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) board met Tuesday during Auto Glass Week™ in West Palm Beach, Fla. The board welcomed two new members: Korey Gobin of Delta Kits and Aric Haarala of Glass Mechanix. Both members contributed new ideas … Continue reading

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Obama-era Overtime Rule Struck Down by Court

 A federal judge in Texas struck down the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule on August 31, months after issuing a preliminary injunction. An estimated 4.2 million workers are affected by the ruling.  The overtime rule would have doubled … Continue reading

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AGC Glass Appeal Denied

An appeal by AGC Glass and its affiliates in regard to an “auto glass cartel” case was dismissed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in late July. According to the decision, in November 2008, AGC Glass Europa SA, AGC … Continue reading

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DOT Awards Numbers to Three Automotive Glass Companies

The Department of Transportation recently awarded DOT numbers to two international automotive glass companies and one U.S.-based automotive supplies company. Continue reading

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Two More Former Workers Join Fuyao Lawsuit

More workers are joining a lawsuit against Fuyao Glass America, trying to recover what they allege are lost wages and overtime pay. Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Branches in British Columbia Will Replace Windows if Broken to Save a Life

NOVUS Glass announced that it will offer free car window replacements for any vehicle’s window that was broken due to a child or animal left in a hot car. With the increase in temperatures, people are still leaving young children and pets in vehicles and the company doesn’t want anyone to have to worry about replacing a broken window to save a life. Continue reading

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Bosch Survey: New Car Buyers are Bullish on Automated Vehicle Adoption

According to a Bosch study, more than 52 percent of new car buyers expect to own at least one self-driving automobile in their household in the next 10 years. Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Customers Sue Claiming Auto Insurance Scheme was Fraud

Wells Fargo & Co. customers accused the bank in a lawsuit of forcing them to pay for unnecessary auto insurance that drove some of them so far into a financial spiral that their vehicles were repossessed. Continue reading

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2007-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalled for Windshield Wiper Woes

Mitsubishi is recalling just over 100,000 Outlander crossovers in the U.S. to address a problem with their windshield wipers. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explain that the wiper motors in Outlanders from the 2007 to 2013 model years may be at risk of corrosion. Continue reading

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