Author Archives: Nick St. Denis

Analysis: Sizing up a Shifting Market with Safelite’s Latest Acquisition

The U.S. auto glass repair and replacement market is increasingly concentrated in some respects but highly fragmented outside of a few major players. Those major players have, in recent years, overtaken large shares of the market through mergers and acquisitions. … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices Continue Up for Materials in Auto Glass

Prices for most materials used in the auto glass industry increased in March, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices Edge Up for Materials in the Auto Glass Industry

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased in February, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in the … Continue reading

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Industry Firms Make Forbes’ World’s Biggest Public Companies List

Forbes recently released its 2017 Global 2000 list of the world’s biggest public companies. The list features several firms within the automotive glass industry, including Saint-Gobain and Fuyao Glass. In the report, a company’s sales, profit, assets and market value … Continue reading

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Green Grip? A Biodegradable Glove for AGRR

For anyone looking for a “green” solution to gloves, at least one company has you covered. Just don’t keep them on for two years straight.

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CRL Employees Get Valuable “Thank You” Upon Acquisition

C.R. Laurence’s Donald Friese became a whole lot richer last week when he finalized the $1.3-billion sale of his company to Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and he’s already starting to give it away. Recognizing the company couldn’t have gotten where it is without its employees, he made sure they were rewarded, too.

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GUEST BLOG: The Thing at Auto Glass Week You May Not Want to Miss

If someone were to ask you the thing you’re most looking forward to at Auto Glass Week™ 2015, your answer should be, ‘The thing happening right at the beginning.’ At least that would be my answer—but then again, I’m slightly biased.

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Texas Glass Association’s Jerry Wright Passes Away

Jerry C. Wright, president of Texas Glass Association and owner of AAA Glass & Mirror, passed away last night. Wright, who spent decades in the industry and has served as the president at National Glass Association, was 67 years old. He passed away … Continue reading

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Campfield: Windshield Repair Can Expand a Business’ Market Exponentially

National Windshield Repair Association president Rich Campfield offered AGRR company owners at Auto Glass Week™ tips to drive up profits by utilizing windshield repairs as a profit center during an educational session held Wednesday.

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Wood’s Powr-Grip Celebrates 50 Years in Business

In 1964, Howard Wood started Wood’s Powr-Grip in an old general store converted into a machine shop. Half a decade later, Wood’s grandchildren are keeping it in the family.

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