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Fix Network Raises $19,970 for RMHC Canada Programs

Fix Network along with its staff and strategic partners, have raised $19,970 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada® (RMHC Canada) and its programs aimed at helping families with sick children. All through December 2020, Fix Network’s Canada-wide initiative, called … Continue reading

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asTech Acquires BlueDriver

asTech recently announced its acquisition of Root Four Imagination Inc. (BlueDriver). BlueDriver is a leading provider of direct-to-consumer aftermarket diagnostic scan tools and services, according to the company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Company represents the … Continue reading

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Glass.com® Names Daniel Snow Vice President of Operations

Glass.com®, the popular website that helps consumers find top quality vendors of auto glass services, has named Daniel Snow as vice president of operations. Snow will manage the daily operations of the website including work with consumers as well as … Continue reading

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GM Highlighted Autonomous Delivery, Which Includes More Glass

General Motors sees an electric vehicle (EV) overhaul in the future and the company’s chairperson and CEO, Mary Barra, highlighted how EVs will shape how products are transferred. GM introduced BrightDrop, a new business, during Barra’s 2021 CES keynote address … Continue reading

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Fix Network Welcomes New ProColor Collision Location in Mississauga Central

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently welcomed ProColor Collision Mississauga Central to the network. The new ProColor Collision location is a 20,000-square foot facility that reflects owner-entrepreneur Sam Maharaj’s years of experience in the collision repair industry and his determination to … Continue reading

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Training Required for Drivers to Maximise ADAS Safety Benefit

IAM Roadsmart is calling for “comprehensive” training on the use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It follows the publication of a highly influential report by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) entitled ‘How to maximize the road safety benefits … Continue reading

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NHTSA Announces Rule to Modernize Driverless Vehicle Safety Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a final rule to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that … 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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Eastman Debuts as Exhibitor at CES 2021

For the first time, Eastman Chemical Company (Eastman) exhibited at CES 2021. The company presented Saflex® advanced interlayers for automotive laminated glass. CES provides the perfect platform to kick-off the year and get connected on recent advances in signal-friendly solar … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance on FLSA Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The documents, written by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), address how a particular law applies in specific … Continue reading

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AirPro and Car ADAS Solutions Team Up to Deliver ADAS Calibration Solutions

AirPro Diagnostics (AirPro) and Car ADAS Solutions announced their collaboration to deliver, what they define as turn-key calibration solutions for shops. The new relationship, according to the companies, will include set-up, training, implementation, support and validation of calibration services. AirPro and Car ADAS Solutions are the first in the industry to provide a complete … Continue reading

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AGW Preview Day is Tomorrow Online

Auto Glass Week™ starts the 2021 year of education and sponsoring exhibits with a free online peek -AGW Preview Day begins tomorrow, January 12. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will incorporate the … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Executive’s Second Act Includes Murder

After a long career in business and auto glass that gave David Rohlfing the opportunity to travel the continent, he decided to write his first novel, Deliberate Duplicity. Rohlfing’s debut novel, published on January 5, 2021, explores the twisted, vengeful … Continue reading

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Proposed Pretrial Order in Defective Windshield Suit Highlights Confidential Materials

The U.S. District New Jersey Court recently issued a discovery confidentiality order which highlights how confidential information will be handled going forward in a class action showdown between Christine Powell and Subaru of America, Inc. and Subaru Corporation (collectively Subaru). … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Preview Day Offers $100 Gift Card to Top Leaderboard Winner

Plan to be a part of the Auto Glass Week™ AGW Preview Day on January 12. Get a preview of what you will see in Orlando in June—free and online by attending AGW Preview Day. When attendees login to the … Continue reading

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C-Auto Glass Acquires Signature Auto Glass

C-Auto Glass, Inc. (C-Auto Glass) located in Cleveland, Ohio, has acquired Signature Auto Glass LLC (Signature Auto Glass). Signature Auto Glass, which operates a retail service center in Cleveland, Ohio, was formed in 2017 and operated by its managing member Brian … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced the opening of a collision repair center in Cathedral City, Calif. Cathedral City, also known as “Cat City,” is a desert resort city located between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage and … Continue reading

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Allstate Closes Acquisition of National General Holdings Corp.

The Allstate Corporation (Allstate) recently announced that it closed its $4 billion acquisition of National General Holdings Corp. “The acquisition of National General advances our strategy of growing personal lines insurance with an increase of one percentage point in market … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Colorado

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Avon, Colo. This location previously operated as Rich’s Auto Body and has serviced the market since 1984. It is located in the Western … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Gives Free Insight to Event with January 12 Preview Day

Auto Glass Week™ will provide a virtual inside view of what to expect for the June AGW@Home event. Register for free to participate in the January 12 Preview Day where a sampling of sponsors will hold virtual booths, an educational … Continue reading

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Burco Announces New President and Team Members

Burco recently announced changes to its staff. Bill Castleberry is now the president of the Michigan-based automotive mirrors and windshield racking systems manufacturer. Castleberry has worked as the sales and marketing vice president for Burco’s automotive mirror and accessory business … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Company Opens Shop

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently took place at the new location for Craftsman Auto Glass and Craftsman Detailing. The new shop is located on Route 30 in Amsterdam, N.Y. The owner, Scott Fiorino, has worked in the glass industry since 2007. … 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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Bryan Hovey Receives Award for Extraordinary Service to KMR

Bryan Hovey, Key Media & Research (KMR) web developer, received the company’s 2020 Award for Extraordinary Service. KMR is the parent company of AGRR magazine and glassBYTEs™. The honor is presented annually and was named after vice president of media … Continue reading

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Half of Drivers are Unaware That Chipped Windscreens Could Fail Their MOT

Drivers are worryingly unaware of a common threat that could lead to a failed MOT test this winter, according to Autoglass. The company conducted a survey that found 24% of drivers incorrectly believe that windscreen chips are not a part … Continue reading

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Mitchell International Sees Three Trends Stemming From COVID

Mitchell International, the parent company of National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS), highlighted key data trends and its impact on the industry in its 2020 Fourth Quarter Industry Trends Report. “One thing most of these digital transformations have in common is … Continue reading

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Neighborly Named to Inc.’s Inaugural Best in Business List in Enduring Impact

Neighborly has recently been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list in the Enduring Impact category. The Best in Business Awards, created by Inc., honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference, according to … Continue reading

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New Video Details 12 Steps of Calibration Documentation

If it’s difficult to remember all the steps that go into recalibration, a new video, “The ADAS Documentation of Best Practices,” can help, and it all happened when the industry came together. “When the call went out asking companies like … Continue reading

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Service King Provides Support for Veterans Through Employment Initiatives

Service King Collision recently showed its continuous commitment to veterans by participating in the North Central Texas Red, White and You virtual career fair. The event was hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Veterans Commission. During the event, Service … Continue reading

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January 12 – Auto Glass Week™ Holds Online Preview Day

In an effort for the automotive glass repair and replacement industry to stay connected, Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is offering a free AGW Preview Day, January 12. All members of the industry are welcome to attend the online AGW Preview … Continue reading

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Drivers Admit to Switching ADAS Off On The Road

UK drivers are switching off Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in their vehicles, mitigating their benefits and increasing the risk of accidents on the road, according to research by Autoglass. The research, of 1,387 UK drivers, found that 41% of … Continue reading

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Fix Network World Appoints New Sales Vice President

Mondofix Inc. (Fix Network World) has appointed Scott Bridges as its sales vice president for its collision and glass business in the United States. In this newly created role, Bridges will be responsible for maintaining Fix Network’s relationships with key … Continue reading

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GM and Mitchell Launch GM Collision Repair Network in Canada

Mitchell International (Mitchell) and General Motors (GM) recently introduced the GM Canada Collision Repair Network. Through the Network, participants can access business and technology resources designed to streamline the repair process, which includes auto glass, increase consumer confidence and support … Continue reading

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New Technology Keeps Safety First With Larger Displays

“If you’re going 30 miles an hour it takes you a little less than a second to look down at your speedometer and come back up and at that speed you go 46 feet in that time frame, which is … Continue reading

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Carlex Glass America Honored at 22nd Annual World Excellence Awards

The Aftermarket Replacement Glass Division of Carlex Glass America was recognized as a top-performing global supplier at the 22nd annual Ford World Excellence Awards. Carlex was announced as a Ford World Excellence Awards FCSD Gold winner during Ford Motor Company’s … Continue reading

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Caliber Announces New COO

Caliber recently announced that its current chief talent officer, David Goldstein, has been appointed to chief operations officer. Goldstein will move into his new position on January 1, 2021 in conjunction with the recently announced transitions of Steve Grimshaw from … Continue reading

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Fix Network Appoints New Canada Sales VP

Fix Network recently announced the appointment of Leo Filippone as its Canadian sales vice president. Filippone is a results-oriented leader with over 25 years of experience in the vehicle rental, automotive and travel industries, according to the company, and he is … Continue reading

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Wireless Tablet Makes Assessing Auto Glass Damage More Efficient

Mitchell Internal (Mitchell) and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions (Bosch) introduced the MD-500, a wireless tablet that auto glass technicians can use to more efficiently manage the repair process, according to Mitchell. The MD-500 is a new addition to the Mitchell … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Partners with adasThink

AirPro Diagnostics announced its partnership that will deliver adasThink technology on required ADAS calibrations to its customers at no additional cost. AirPro Diagnostics stated it is proud to be the first to market to offer the adasThink technology integrated into its … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it acquired a collision repair center in Pflugerville, Texas. This repair center previously operated as Masters Auto Craft, providing service since 2006, according to the company. “We look forward to providing … Continue reading

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State Auto Extends Partnership with CCC

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) recently announced that State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company (State Auto) has selected CCC as its first-party casualty solution provider, extending the companies’ relationship. Now State Auto can manage auto physical damage and first- and third-party … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Charlotte, N.C. According to the company, this location is on a well-traveled roadway with many retail businesses and auto dealers nearby. “The opening of … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Pomona, Calif. The location previously operated as a collision repair center, according to the company. “We are eager to provide high-quality repairs and outstanding … Continue reading

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Fix Network & RMHC Canada Launch “Season of Giving” Initiative

Fix Network has pledged its support to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC Canada) by launching its Season of Giving initiative to help families. Fix Network’s Canada-wide initiative will help support RMHC’s 34 programs across the country that provide families … Continue reading

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AGRR Businesses Reflect on Everything from Holiday Promotions to Why They are Thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what we are thankful for while surrounded by family and friends. This year the holiday might look a little different as many are preparing to travel, while also trying to adhere to updated safety … Continue reading

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Autoglass Named Preferred Supplier for Ageas Insurance

Autoglass recently announced its new three and a half-year contract with Ageas, one of the largest car insurers in the UK. The new partnership, which went live on November 1, 2020 will see Autoglass offer its glass repair, replacement and … Continue reading

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PPI: October 2020 Shows Overall Continued Rise in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in October 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

The Boyd Group Inc., which operates in the U.S. under the trade name Gerber Collision & Glass, has announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Oshkosh, Wis. This repair center previously operated as Tony’s Auto Collision Center and … Continue reading

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Fix Network World Announces the Appointment of Bertrand Lauzon to its Board Of Directors

Fix Network World, an automotive aftermarket services network, has announced the appointment of Bertrand Lauzon to its board of directors. Lauzon is the executive vice president and CFO for BFL Canada, a private commercial insurance broker. He is responsible for … Continue reading

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Of Consequence or Not? DOT to Consider Petitions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), are preparing to look into compliance issues—or more specifically, an inconsequential noncompliance issues—regarding two batches of laminated glass as far back as November 2017. Since the two … Continue reading

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Caliber Announces Internal Promotions, Prepares for Company Growth

Caliber has announced that its current president and COO, Mark Sanders, will succeed longtime CEO Steve Grimshaw effective January 1, 2021, when Grimshaw moves to full-time executive chairman. Grimshaw, who currently serves as Caliber’s CEO, will move to full time … Continue reading

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Big Guns Line Up in AOB Fight

In another sign that the State of Florida is gearing up for major battles concerning the assignment of benefits (AOB) in auto glass cases, a former state insurance regulator has joined a firm involved in lobbying the legislature regarding benefit … Continue reading

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New Dates Announced for Auto Glass Week 2021 Moving to June 7-9, 2021

Auto Glass Week™ has been rescheduled from January. The new dates are June 7-9, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The city and venue have remained the same, only the dates have changed in an effort … Continue reading

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AGSC Founder’s Wife Passes Away

Ruby Jean Jolliff, the wife of one of the Auto Glass Safety Council’s founders, Carl Jolliff, passed away from COVID-19 November 14, 2020 at Ozarks Medical Center. She was 83 years old. She was born on December 22, 1936, in … Continue reading

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How Has Boyd Group Fared Through the Pandemic?

Boyd Group Services Inc. (The Boyd Group) released its 2020 third quarter financial report recently and noted its financial results were impacted significantly by the pandemic. According to the report, sales decreased by 10.3% to $508.3 million from $567.0 million … Continue reading

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Scott Krohn Joins Quality Collision Group Board of Directors

Quality Collision Group, a new private-equity-backed venture of multi-site OEM certified collision repair centers, announced yesterday that longtime industry veteran Scott Krohn has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. At the same time, Phil Southard has been named chief financial … Continue reading

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Severn Trent Adds Hyundai Konas to Fleet

Severn Trent has added 19 new Hyundai Konas to its fleet. The new electric vehicles (EVs) add to the existing ones in operation, with more expected to arrive in the coming months, according to the company. The latest additions form … Continue reading

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Fix Network World Appoints New Marketing and Communications Director

Mondofix Inc. (Fix Network World) today announced the appointment of Alan Gajewski as its marketing and communications director in the United States. In this position, Gajewski will drive all aspects of marketing and communications in the US, including for ProColor … Continue reading

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New Website Spearheads Next Generation Digital Platform Launch

National Windscreens, an automotive repair supply chain, has been impacted by the shift from offline to online transactions. The company notes that the digital journey has an increasing impact on the overall customer experience. The company teamed up with Vodafone … Continue reading

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Arizona Approves Local Auto Glass and Tint Contractors, Protects Agencies and Co-Op Members from Fraud

After allegations of fraudulent insurance claims or non-performance by Arizona-based auto glass repair companies earlier in 2020, the state released a newly evaluated contractor list that has been approved to provide glass and tint services to nearly 400 state agencies … 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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C-Bond Systems Files Patent in European Union for its Windshield Strengthening Solution

C-Bond Systems (C-Bond), a nanotechnology solutions company, recently announced that it has filed a patent titled Composition and Method for Multipurpose Emulsion that Strengthens Glass and Modifies Glass Surface in the European Union. The patent was filed to protect the … Continue reading

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Russ Sims Joins CIECA Board of Trustees

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) recently announced that Russ Sims, Nationwide property and casualty claims senior business consultant, has joined its board of trustees, effective immediately. In his new role, Sims will support CIECA’s mission to develop and … Continue reading

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All Regions Show Decreases in Latest Miles Driven Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 12.3%, or 35.3 billion vehicle miles, for August 2020, compared to August 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Overall travel for the month is estimated … Continue reading

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The Claims Bridge International Launches Cloud-Based Technology for Industry Claims

The Claims Bridge International (TCBI) recently announced the U.S. launch of EziClaims Suite, its cloud-based technology. According to TCBI, the technology will assist the collision industry and deliver contactless hail claims for customers. As part of the launch, TCBI is … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Second Location in Waterford, Mich.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Waterford, Mich. This is the Boyd Group’s second location in Waterford, Mich. which is approximately 40 miles northwest of Detroit and between Gerber repair … Continue reading

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XYG North America Sponsors the Educational Program at Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Platinum-level sponsor XYG North America is also sponsoring the full educational program at the 2021 Auto Glass Week™ (AGW). The educational program kicks-off on Monday, January 12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. You can attend the event … Continue reading

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AAA Announces Third Round of Financial Relief for Auto Insurance Policyholders

American Automobile Association (AAA) members who insure their vehicles through the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club will receive a third round of premium refunds totaling approximately $46 million, according to the association’s release. This latest COVID-19 financial relief is … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Three Locations in Michigan

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced the company has acquired three collision repair centers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The repair centers, located in Escanaba, Kingsford and Marquette, previously operated as Classic Auto Collision Centers originating … Continue reading

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Allstate Workers Claim Retirement Plan Lost Them Millions

Katherine Cutrone became the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against her former employer, Allstate Corp. (Allstate). Cutrone filed the class action complaint last alleging current and former employees have lost more than $65 million in retirement savings because … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Back the National Windshield Repair Division™ as a Co-sponsoring Organization

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is excited to welcome back the National Windshield Repair Division™ (NWRD) as a co-sponsoring organization of the event. The show offers three days packed with live demonstrations, competitions, exhibitions and quality educational seminars. The event … Continue reading

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Glass Doctor Honors Top Franchise Performers During Virtual Reunion

Glass Doctor, a Neighborly company, recently announced its franchise network’s top performers of 2019 during Neighborly United, the organization’s first-ever virtual reunion. “Neighborly’s annual reunion may have looked a bit different this year, but the pride we all have to … Continue reading

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Carlex Glass Leverages SurveyMonkey Enterprise to Improve its Internal COVID-19 Communication

SurveyMonkey says its platform has helped Carlex Glass ensure the health of its employees and keep productivity high across the company throughout the pandemic, which resulted in safer worksites, according to the company. SurveyMonkey provides a mobile-friendly and automated symptom-tracking … Continue reading

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Mainstreet™ Partners with Glass.com® to Help Its Customers Acquire Leads

Mainstreet™ customers get easy access to Glass.com® features Belleville, MI – Mainstreet™, one of the glass industry’s leading business management software companies, has partnered with Glass.com®, a lead acquisition company for the glass industry. This partnership will allow Mainstreet™ customers to quickly … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Calgary Deerfoot Achieves CCIAP Recognition

Christopher Peterson, Fix Auto Canada regional vice president (western region), recently announced that Fix Auto Calgary Deerfoot achieved recognition under the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). With the accreditation, Fix Auto Calgary Deerfoot joins a group of Canadian collision … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Announces New Sponsors

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 announces new sponsors, which include: AGRR Magazine, Auto Techcelerators, LLC., and Sunroof Express Inc.. The event will be held on January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Register to attend in … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Against Release of Documents

The judge in the case of Allstate* vs Auto Glass America and its owner, Charles Isaly (AGA), has ruled that certain documents provided in the case will remain confidential and not be made public. AGA had asked U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Education Seminar

What is the real difference between OE and aftermarket glass? How does this make a difference when dealing with insurers, what do you have to use based on positions from the car makers? How does calibration fit into all of … Continue reading

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Charlie’s Matrix Auto Glass Wins Arizona Statewide Contract for Vehicle Glass Replacement

Charlie’s Matrix Auto Glass, a local family-owned automotive glass and tint company, was awarded the Statewide Contract for Vehicle Glass Replacement, Repair, Tinting, and Accessories by the State of Arizona. The company has provided car glass and tinting services since … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Announces Exciting Prizes

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is excited to announce prizes that will be available to attendees. AGW will be giving away four – $50 gift cards every hour of the show to attendees* (not valid for sponsors and non-sponsoring suppliers.) … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Educational Seminar ™

How widespread are counterfeit windshields and other auto glass parts? How do you identify it? Where does it come from? OEMs have worked together over the past ten years or so to stop counterfeit glass from making its way to … Continue reading

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J.D. Power Reports Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Climb to Record High

One silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic: a 22% decline in frequency of auto insurance repairable claims, translates into a record high level of customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study. Why the transformation? … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Back Auto Glass Safety Council™ as Co-Sponsoring Organization

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is excited to welcome back the Auto Glass Safety Council™ as a Co-Sponsoring organization of the event. The show offers three days packed with live demonstrations, competitions, exhibitions and quality educational seminars. The event will … Continue reading

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NSG Group and University of Cambridge Sowing Seeds for Future Glass Applications

The NSG Group and University of Cambridge are collaborating on new glass applications, while using the latest technology to realize the future of manufacturing. The group, which owns Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, is currently working with the University’s Fluids in … Continue reading

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PPI: September 2020 Shows Continued Rise in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in September 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by … Continue reading

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Sunroof Express Inc. Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Sunroof Express Inc. as a Cobalt sponsor to the power-packed live event in January. AGW is created and designed specifically for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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Judge Denies Request to Conceal Testimony

In a month of contentious legal wrangling that has seen 24 documents (motions, responses, orders etc.) filed this far, the judge in the Allstate vs Auto Glass America (AGA)* lawsuit and its counter suit ruled today upon an item both … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Gets New Sponsors

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 announces new sponsors. It will take place on January 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Register to attend in person or from home at autoglassweek.com.

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CIECA 2020R2 Releases New Calibration Standards

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) has completed the 2020R2 Release of the CIECA Standards for the collision repair industry, which includes new Calibration Standards developed by CIECA’s Calibration Committee and an enhancement to CIECA’s Scanning Standards. The Calibration … Continue reading

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AGRR Pre-Election Poll

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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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Collision Course: Can the AGRR and Collision Repair Industries Co-Exist?

If you have been in the business for a few decades you know it has changed a lot. While auto glass companies and collision companies, for example, used to stay in their own lane, today there is a great deal … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Auto Techcelerators, LLC as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) welcomes Auto Techcelerators, LLC as a Cobalt sponsor to the 2021 exhibition floor. The three-day event –which you can attend live in person or virtually –offers educational seminars, demonstrations and workshops, a complete exhibition floor showcasing … Continue reading

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Training Time: Performing a Replacement and Calibration on the 2020 BMW X5

Working on the BMWs are always interesting and the BMW X5 is no different–the unique design makes it easy but at the same time very technical, says Alfredo Calva, president of Alfredo’s Auto Glass, and a trainer for Auto Glass … Continue reading

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Customer Service Representative (CSR) Competition Deadline Approaching – This Year You Can Compete from Home

Customer service representatives are the initial point of contact for all businesses. There is an opportunity to give these important employees a chance to showcase their skills. The Auto Glass Customer Service Representative (CSR) competition at Auto Glass Week™ 2021 … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Auto Glass Technician Calibration Competition Registration Deadline Nears

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 will be held January 12-14, 2021 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL and hosts a multitude of competitions to showcase industry members finely honed skill sets. One such event is the Auto Glass … Continue reading

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Caliber Continues ‘Restoring You’ With a Virtual Food Drive

Caliber, which has automotive service brands that include Caliber Auto Glass, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Collision, is holding its ninth annual ‘Restoring You’ food drive virtually this fall. The company noted it will be benefiting 72 local food banks across … Continue reading

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Competition Registration Open for Competitors

Ready to compete? The competitor packets for the Pilkington Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Competition, the Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition, the Auto Glass Technician Calibration Competition, and the Auto Glass Customer Service Representative Competition are now available to view … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Becomes an Institute of Customer Service Member

Auto Windscreens recently announced it has become a member of the Institute of Customer Service. The Institute is the UK’s independent professional body and helps businesses put customers at the heart of everything they do, according to the company. During … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Announces Educational Program

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 has announced the educational program for the January 12-14, 2021 event in Orlando, FL. The line-up spotlights thought-provoking educational sessions, high-demand demonstrations and offers curriculum dedicated to needs of industry novices through veterans. The full schedule … Continue reading

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Autoglass Opens New Center in Reading

With new safety measures in place, Autoglass a UK vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration company, has recently opened a branch within the Makro car park on Craddock Road. In what the company describes as being located in the heart … Continue reading

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Former Employees Fight For Wages in Class Action Complaint

Elizabeth Longoria and Melissa Gomez have become the lead plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against defendant American Automobile Association (AAA). The class action complaint alleges the association violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Arizona Wage Act. … Continue reading

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Mitchell International Brings Cloud Estimating to the Canadian Market

Mitchell International (Mitchell) recently announced the availability of Mitchell Cloud Estimating in Canada. Carriers and collision repairers can use the cloud-based application to write estimates from anywhere and from any Internet-enabled device—including their smartphone, tablet or laptop, according to the … Continue reading

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Fix Network Welcomes New ProColor Collision Center

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president , recently welcomed ProColor Collision Milton to the network. The new location underlines Fix Network’s reputation as the largest and fastest growing automotive aftermarket brand in the world, according to the company. “We are thrilled … Continue reading

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Attend Auto Glass Week™ In Person—or From Home

Attendees at January’s Auto Glass Week™ will have two ways to attend—in person or from home. And you can change how you attend up until January 4, 2021. The three day live event takes place January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange … Continue reading

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Piëch Automotive Appoints New Executives to Drive Launch Plans

Piëch Automotive AG, an automotive start-up company based in Zurich, Switzerland, has recently appointed a number of leading executives. Matthias Müller, former CEO of Porsche and Volkswagen, is the newly appointed chairman. He will work closely with company co-founders Toni … Continue reading

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Autoglass Raised Over €1.7M for Charity

Autoglass, alongside sister companies from around the world, announced it has raised over €1.7 ($2,002,532 USD) million for global charity partner Afrika Tikkun at the 2020 Spirit of Belron challenge. This year the event took place virtually for the first … Continue reading

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Jim Richardson Becomes Auto Glass Fitters New Senior Vice President

Auto Glass Fitters, Inc. recently announced that Jim Richardson has been named senior vice president for the company. Richardson will play a key role in sales, operations and future strategic growth plans at Auto Glass Fitters, according to the company. … Continue reading

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Latest Miles Driven Report Shows Drivers Stayed Off of the Roads

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.2%, or 33.2 billion vehicle miles, for July 2020, compared to July 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Overall travel for the month is estimated … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Saint John East Upgrades Facility

Fix Auto Saint John East announced the expansion of its operations following an upgrade of its facility. The company says the new facelift will boost its current repair capabilities by three times and will include high-performance technologies and systems designed … Continue reading

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Caliber Gifts Restored Vehicles to Frontline Heroes

Caliber announced it is pleased to extend its ‘Restoring You’ community and teammate program. In collaboration with its insurance partners as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides® program, Caliber will be gifting restored vehicles to frontline medical … Continue reading

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Delta Kits Signs on as Platinum Plus Sponsor of Windshield Repair Competition at Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 is pleased to announce and welcome Delta Kits as a Platinum Plus sponsor and the official competition sponsor for the Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition. Auto Glass Week is the only worldwide event that is created … Continue reading

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NSG Group Appoints New Executive Officer, Makes Organizational Changes

Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the automotive, architectural, and technical glass sectors, today announced changes to organizational leadership, including executive officers, all of which will be effective October 1, 2020. The changes begin … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Wisconsin Repair Centers

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced it has acquired two collision repair centers in Hales Corners and Milwaukee, Wis. The locations previously operated as Auto Body Express (Hales Corners) and Lou’s Auto Body (Milwaukee). “We are demonstrating our … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Welcomes Toronto Junction to Its Network

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently announced the network welcomed Fix Auto Toronto Junction. “We are very proud to welcome Fix Auto Toronto Junction to the Fix network of family-owned businesses,” said O’Keefe. “John Tsoumaris has built … Continue reading

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Allstate vs. AGA Lawsuit and Countersuit Continues

The lawsuit filed by Allstate Insurance* against Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly (AGA) and AGA’s countersuit continue to work their way through the U.S. District Court in Orlando. The past two weeks have seen motions concerning witnesses, … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Welcomes New Facility in Truro

Mark Weeks, Fix Network Atlantic regional vice president, recently welcomed Fix Auto Truro to the network. It’s located in the Salmon River community, in central Nova Scotia. “Fix Auto Truro is an important addition to the Fix Network family,” says … Continue reading

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NHTSA Issues New BMW Recall

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a headlight recall for select BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) models. According to the administration, the vehicle’s headlights contain a non-conforming lens. Owners of 2020-2021 X5 sDrive40i, xDrive40i, xDrive50i, … Continue reading

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Top Reasons to Attend Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is a vital industry event that is created and designed specifically for all aspects of auto glass with a worldwide focus. It offers the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry the … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes New Ontario Location

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently welcomed NOVUS Glass Sarnia to the network. The new facility’s owner and operator is Shelby Armstrong, who according to the company, is eager to grow the business exponentially with the support of Fix Network. “We’re delighted … Continue reading

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Companies on Alert for Potential Scam Emails

An email sent out this morning on behalf of Belron International, Safelite’s parent company, from Humphrey Singer may contain malware. The email contained two attachments, however, it listed “belrone.com” as the sending address, which is not a valid domain, according … Continue reading

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What It Takes to Be a First Place Winner—Twice

Ace Auto Glass, the Hawaiian based auto glass repair and replacement (AGRR) company, recently won two awards for top AGRR services on the island. Company president, Calvin Tamaye, believes the awards coincide with the way Ace handles the jobs that … Continue reading

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Fix Auto USA Expands Oregon Footprint

Fix Auto USA recently announced its newest location to its network, Fix Auto Clackamas located in Portland, Ore. Fix Auto Clackamas is locally owned and operated by franchise Partners Camille Eber and William Bray, who, along with Dave McCollum Jr., … Continue reading

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Key Media & Research Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Cobalt Sponsor

Key Media & Research (Research Division) joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) as a Cobalt Sponsor. Register today for the only event that is dedicated to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industries. AGW will … Continue reading

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Glass.com® Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) welcomes back Glass.com® to the 2021 event as a Cobalt Sponsor. AGW will take place on January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida, with the Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza as … Continue reading

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PPI: August Shows Upswing in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in August 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by … Continue reading

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Chips-All-Gone Becomes an NWRD Member

Chips-All-Gone of Ann Arbor, Michigan has joined the National Windshield Repair Division (NWRD) of the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). NWRD members are committed to quality and safety in performing glass repair and have agreed to follow the industry standards. … Continue reading

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New Large Curved Cover Glass Used in New 2021 Cadillac Escalade

AGC Inc., based in Tokyo, recently announced its curved large cover glass for car-mounted displays has been used in Cadillac’s Luxury 2021 Escalade SUV. The company’s product comprises Dragontrail, which is a type of specialty glass receptive to chemical strengthening … Continue reading

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NHTSA Issues New Volkswagen Recall

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued an exterior lighting recall for select Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) models. According to the administration, a headlight is aimed incorrectly and can cause visibility issues for drivers. Owners … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision and Glass Acquires Two Arkansas Locations

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it acquired two collision repair centers in Farmington and Rogers, Ark. The company noted these acquisitions mark its entry into the state of Arkansas. The locations previously operated as Northwest Arkansas … Continue reading

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CIECA Holds Semi-Annual Meetings

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) recently held its semi-annual member meetings virtually and covered topics including: scanning and calibration, repair order and status, vehicle damage and imaging, as well as first notice of loss and glass. Each topic … Continue reading

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Novus Glass Welcomes New Location in Quebec City

Yves Roy, Fix Network in Quebec regional vice president, recently welcomed Novus Glass Quebec/Armand-Paris to the network. The location is owned by the Tondreau Group and offers body shop services in the same facility under the ProColor Collision brand. This … Continue reading

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State Farm and Ford Team Up on Usage-based Insurance

State Farm and Ford recently announced the companies have entered into an agreement to share connected vehicle telematics data for usage-based insurance (UBI) products. State Farm customers with eligible connected Ford vehicles will be able to opt-in to Drive Safe … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes New Nova Scotia Location

Mark Weeks, Fix Network Atlantic regional vice president recently welcomed NOVUS Glass Bridgewater to the network. OwnerGlenn Toope has been in the automotive aftermarket industry for 35 years as an entrepreneur and educator. He started Bridgewater Auto Repair in 2019, … Continue reading

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eDirectGlass Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Copper Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) welcomes eDirectGlass to the 2021 event as a Copper Sponsor. AGW is the only event designed for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry. Attendees of Auto Glass Week can … Continue reading

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Latest Miles Driven Report Shows Drivers Aren’t Taking to the Roads

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 13%, or 36.5 billion vehicle miles, for June 2020, compared to June 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Month-over-month miles driven went up by 15.6% … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Welcomes New Thornhill Facility

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently welcomed Fix Auto Thornhill to the network. The Thornhill team has been in the collision industry for over 20 years, and were referred to the Fix Auto family by another owner … Continue reading

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SBA PPP Email Scam

First Citizens Bank recently sent out a notice alerting businesses about a new phishing scam, which targets the Small Business Administration (SBA) PPP loan applicants. “Criminals are impersonating the SBA and its office of disaster assistance, sending phishing emails that appear … Continue reading

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Fix Network Expands with New Addition

Christopher Peterson, Fix Network Western Canada regional vice president, recently welcomed Fix Auto Lakeland St. Paul to the network. “We are delighted to welcome Allen and his team to the Fix Auto family, said Peterson. “His passion for the collision … Continue reading

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The $11,000 Reason Not to Break the Glass

Replacing the windshield in a half-a-million-dollar car might sound intimidating but head auto glass technician Gary Blakely says the key is to just, “get out of your head.” “At the end of the day it’s four wheels, some sort of … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision and Glass Opens Repair Center in North Carolina

The Boyd Group Inc. (Boyd Group) recently announced the opening of a collision repair center in Cornelius, N.C. The location previously operated as a dealer collision center. Cornelius is a suburb of Charlotte, N.C., and is located along Lake Norman. … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Welcomes New Franchise Strategic Partner

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently welcomed Fix Auto Midland into the network. The owners Wally Betcher and Gary Betcher have been in the automotive aftermarket industry for 13 years. Six years ago, they decided to start a … Continue reading

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Glass Mechanix Solutions Returns as a Bronze Sponsor to Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 welcomes Bronze-level sponsor Glass Mechanix Solutions back to the exhibition show floor. Auto Glass Week is the only event devoted solely to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry. Attendees of … Continue reading

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Fix Network Welcomes New Franchise

Daryll O’Keefe, Fix Network Ontario regional vice president, recently welcomed Fix Auto Scarborough Town Center to the network. The family-owned facility has been in the industry for over 25 years and recently moved to a new building in addition to … Continue reading

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NHTSA Issues New Mercedes-Benz Windshield Recall

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a windshield recall for select Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) models. According to the administration, the windshield may become separated from the vehicle frame. Owners of the 2020 MBUSA GLE 450 are … Continue reading

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DuPont Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Bronze Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 is pleased to welcome back DuPont as a Bronze sponsor to the 2021 event. Register today to experience three days full of education, competitions and networking opportunities that are once in a lifetime! Join the worldwide … Continue reading

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LKQ Corporation to Host 2020 Virtual Investor Day

LKQ Corporation (LKQ), parent company of PGW Auto Glass, announced it will host a virtual investor day on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. According to the company, there will be presentations by members of its executive … Continue reading

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PMA/TOOLS Inc. Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW), the OE and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement trade show and educational event, is pleased to welcome PMA/TOOLS Inc. as a Cobalt sponsor to the 2021 exhibition floor. The educational event, which includes the … Continue reading

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LKQ Corporation Names New Board of Directors Member

LKQ Corporation (LKQ) today announced it appointed Jacob H. Welch of ValueAct Capital to its board of directors, effective August 12, 2020. “We are delighted to welcome Jake to LKQ’s board. Jake’s investment management track record and public market experience … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Opens Second Location in Victoria, BC

Christopher Peterson, Fix Network Western Canada regional vice president, recently announced the opening of a second Fix Auto location on Millstream Road in Victoria, BC. The owner, Ian Franklin, is excited to expand operations following the success of his first … Continue reading

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Calibration Highlighted in UK Insurance Requirements

Thatcham Research (Thatcham), a not for profit insurer-funded research center, recently published its UK Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR), which, according to the research center, promotes safe repairs for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) equipped vehicles. There is also a specific … Continue reading

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Honda Camera Issue Sparks Recall

Honda recently announced it is recalling 608,000 vans and SUVs due to “faulty software.” The auto manufacturer stated the issue can cause vehicle backup cameras to fail and driver displays to malfunction or reboot while driving, which can create potentially … Continue reading

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SRP Returns as a Bronze Sponsor for Auto Glass Week™ 2021

SRP is returning to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Bronze sponsor. The company is participating in the event scheduled for January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center. At Auto Glass Week, attendees will be able to watch … Continue reading

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Classic Collision Acquires Palm Collision Center

Classic Collision Inc., an Atlanta-based automotive collision repair company that offers calibration and auto glass repair and replacement services, announced it has acquired Palm Collision Center in the South Florida region. The addition of the Palm Collision Center to the … Continue reading

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Fix Network Canada Announces New Marketing and Communications Director

Fix Network Canada recently announced Somer Mullins as its marketing and communications director for Canada. According to the company, Somer will work closely with the Fix Network leadership team to identify marketing opportunities that drive awareness and engagement for the Fix … Continue reading

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Additional Movement Seen in Ongoing AOB Fraud Lawsuit

Within the past few days there have been several advancements made in the Allstate versus defendants, Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly suit. The motions include: A request, made by the defendants, for a seven-day extension of … Continue reading

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Decreases For Miles Driven in Every Region in Latest Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 25.5%, or 72.9 billion vehicle miles, for May 2020, compared to May 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Month-over-month miles driven went up by 24.1% … Continue reading

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Is There a Coin Shortage and Could it Affect Your Business?

Yet another casualty of COVID-19 is a shortage of coins in the U.S., according to media reports and confirmed from the Federal Reserve. This may or may not be affecting retail auto glass businesses, as most people pay via credit … Continue reading

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Safelite AutoGlass Names Ryan Trierweiler as New Foundation Chair

Safelite AutoGlass®, provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration services, has appointed Ryan Trierweiler, its executive vice president of people and leadership, as chair of the Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation. “The Foundation reflects the caring hearts of our people and … Continue reading

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Automotive Glass Europe Partners Meet Virtually to Set Global Strategy

The 21 global partner companies who make up Automotive Glass Europe (AGE) held their first virtual meeting last week, agreeing on a common strategy for global growth in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting introduced Glass Service, the … Continue reading

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Nippon Sheet Glass Announces New Executive Officer Appointments

Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG Group) recently announced its new executive office appointments. Among the several listed NSG Group representatives, Shigeki Mori was a reappointed Representative, Executive Officer, President and CEO. Clemens Miller was named as the executive vice president and … Continue reading

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PPI: June Shows Upswing in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in June 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by 2.3% on … Continue reading

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Delta Kits Launches New Website

Delta Kits Inc. (Delta Kits) recently announced the launch of its new website. The company worked closely with Ogo Sense, a digital marketing company located in Portland, Maine, to ensure that the website would help achieve core business initiatives and … Continue reading

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Buy Three, Get One Free Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Full Registrations!

Register today to benefit from our new offer the, “Buy 3 Full Registrations, Get 1 Full Registration Free*.” Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is the worldwide event you won’t want to miss. It is designed specifically for the auto glass … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes SWIFT Fiber as a Cobalt Sponsor

SWIFT Fiber returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) as a Cobalt sponsor. The event will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. on January 12-14, 2021. This power-packed event is ready to bring you three … 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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Precision Replacement Parts Signs On as a Cobalt Sponsor of Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2021 welcomes Precision Replacement Parts as a Cobalt sponsor. Register today to visit with Precision Replacement Parts and many other suppliers, January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. The premier event is … Continue reading

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CIECA Names New Business Analyst/Technical Project Manager

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) recently announced that Paulette Reed was named as the organization’s new business analyst/technical project manager. This became effective on July 20, 2020. In her new role, Reed will be responsible for coordinating and … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Mopar as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 trade show and educational event welcomes Mopar as a Cobalt sponsor. The event, to be held January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Florida offers attendees the opportunity to experience three jam-packed … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Mainstreet Computers LLC as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is pleased to welcome Mainstreet Computers LLC to the industry event of the year. This power-packed event is ready to bring you three full days of valued education, networking opportunities, exciting competitions, and an exhibition … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Gold Glass-ALP LLC Back as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2021, the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industries trade show and educational event, is pleased to welcome Gold Glass-ALP LLC as a Cobalt sponsor to the 2021 exhibition floor. The educational … Continue reading

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Remembering AGSC Former Attorney William “Bill” Ives

William “Bill” Ives, age 87, recently passed away in North Carolina surrounded by family. Bill had been the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) attorney since its founding until 2019 and was instrumental in the development of the organization. Born on … Continue reading

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Caliber Appoints New VP of Glass Operations

Caliber Collision recently announced it has appointed Mark Turner as its glass operations vice president. As the vice president of operations for Caliber Auto Glass (Caliber), Turner will lead the glass business as it looks to grow within existing markets … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics, LLC Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Bronze Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2021 welcomes back AirPro Diagnostics, LLC as a Bronze sponsor. Plan now to attend AGW on January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. AGW is the auto glass original equipment (OE) and … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes First Exclusively Mobile Franchise in Canada

Daryll O’Keefe, regional vice president for Fix Network Ontario, recently welcomed Steve Ramdan and Brian Ganase as the first franchise strategic partners to offer auto glass repair and replacement services using the NOVUS Glass mobile van. The van is prepared … Continue reading

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Allstate Acquires National General

The Allstate Corporation (Allstate) has agreed to acquire National General Holdings Corporation (National General) for approximately $4 billion in cash, or $34.50 per share. The transaction is expected to close in early 2021, and is subject to regulatory approvals and … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes DINOL Back as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 is thrilled to welcome DINOL back as a Cobalt sponsor. At Auto Glass Week you can experience three days of valued education, networking opportunities, exciting competitions and an exhibition floor with top industry suppliers. It is the only … Continue reading

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Safelite Jingle Again Named a Top 10 Audio Brand Logo

Safelite AutoGlass (Safelite) has been recognized again for its “Safelite repair, Safelite replace” jingle. Veritonic, the audio creative testing specialist, recently released their 2020 Audio Logo Scores where they measured and benchmarked audio logos with consumers, including recall awareness and … Continue reading

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Lippert Components Inc. Purchases Glaston Pre-Processing, Bending and Laminating Equipment

Glaston Group has closed a deal for a B’CHAMP pre-processing line, a Glaston Matrix serial bending furnace and high-performance laminating equipment with U.S. based Lippert Components Inc., a supplier of components to the recreational vehicle industry. The order is booked in … Continue reading

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Uniban Canada Announces New President

Uniban Canada recently appointed Maurice Filion as its president. According to the company, Filion will lead the Uniban Canada business and is a proven leader. “His track record of building strong Canadian retail automotive brands will only enhance our already … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Back Delta Kits as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) is pleased to welcome Delta Kits back as a Cobalt sponsor. Plan now to attend the only event devoted to the auto glass OE, and replacement industries. AGW will be held on January 12-14, 2021 … Continue reading

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Clean Plus Inc. Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Cobalt Sponsor

Clean Plus Inc. returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) as a Cobalt sponsor. The event will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. on January 12-14, 2021. AGW is ready to bring you three full … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Services Inc. Announces Directors Election

Boyd Group Services Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced that the nominees listed in the management proxy circular dated May 25, 2020 were elected as Boyd Group directors. The results, according to the company are as follows: Nominee Votes For % … Continue reading

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POLL: Will Your Business Be Open July 3, 2020?

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A.N. Designs Inc./UltraWiz® Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021, the OE and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industries leading trade show, is pleased to welcome Cobalt-level sponsor A.N. Designs Inc./UltraWiz®. The event will be held January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Welcomes Spray-X as a Copper/Glass Cleaner Sponsor

Spray-X returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 (AGW) as a Copper sponsor. AGW brings you three full days of valued education, networking opportunities, exciting competitions and an exhibition floor full of top industry suppliers. To further enhance the competitor experience, … Continue reading

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Orange County Convention Center offers GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

Auto Glass Week™ 2021 will be held January 12-14, 2021 in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County Convention Center. The Orange County Convention Center is one of the nation’s largest venues to receive GBAC STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response … Continue reading

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Buy Two, Get Two Auto Glass Week™ 2021 Full Registrations Ends Next Week!

Plan now to attend Auto Glass Week™ 2021 in Orlando, Fla. on January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center. This powerful experience offers attendees the opportunity to learn from top-notch industry experts. Watch amazing demonstrations, competitions and discover … Continue reading

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Turtle Strikes Car in Georgia, Gets Lodged in Windshield

Turtle Strikes Car in Georgia, Gets Lodged in Windshield

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Autel Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Copper Sponsor

Autel is joining Auto Glass Week™ 2021 once again as a Copper-level sponsor. Attendees can now plan to join Auto Glass Week 2021, the only worldwide event devoted to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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NGA Cancels GlassBuild America

The National Glass Association (NGA) has canceled GlassBuild America, which was scheduled for September 15-17, 2020 in Las Vegas. “Like many of you, we are deeply disappointed by the COVID-19 impact on our trade show. While this cancellation puts a … Continue reading

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Sika Corporation Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Copper Sponsor

Sika Corporation is joining Auto Glass Week™ 2021 once again as a Copper-level sponsor at the three-day event in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County Convention Center on January 12-14, 2021. Auto Glass Week is the only event dedicated exclusively … Continue reading

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BSG AUTO GLASS CO., LTD Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Copper Sponsor

BSG AUTO GLASS CO., LTD returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 on January 12-14, 2021 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center as a copper-level sponsor. The event will deliver three full days of premier education, networking opportunities, … Continue reading

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AGRR Wins Editorial Award

Auto Glass Repair and Replacement (AGRR) magazine was honored with a silver award this week by the Association of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) for its AZBEE Awards, recognizing editorial excellence in a variety of categories. Tara Taffera, editorial director, won … Continue reading

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PPI: May Shows Increase in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in May 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by 1.8% … Continue reading

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Equalizer Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Bronze Sponsor

Bronze sponsor Equalizer returns to support Auto Glass Week™ 2021, the only event dedicated exclusively to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry. The event will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County … Continue reading

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Autoglass Opens New Center in Reading and Returns to Full Service Across UK

Autoglass recently opened a new center in Reading, UK as the business returns to full service, which includes new safety measures to ensure the protection of its customers and employees. The new center is located within the Makro car park … Continue reading

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Bronze Sponsor Carlex Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021

Carlex is sponsoring Auto Glass Week™ 2021 once again as a Bronze-level sponsor. Attendees will have the opportunity to benefit from top-notch educational seminars, a show floor that showcases the latest industry products and view thrilling competitions. Plan to attend … Continue reading

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PGW Auto Glass, LLC Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Silver Sponsor

Returning to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 is Silver sponsor PGW Auto Glass, LLC. PGW joins many other sponsors supporting this power-packed event focused on the OE and aftermarket auto glass industries. Auto Glass Week was designed to connect automotive glass industry … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Trailblazer Passes Away at 69

Janet Lynn Scharaga Van Doren, All Star Glass Company sales and marketing senior vice president, located in San Diego, Calif., passed away June 12, 2020 from a rare cancer. She was 69 years old. She was courageous, determined, never gave … Continue reading

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Mygrant Glass Company Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Silver Sponsor

Mygrant Glass is returning as a Silver sponsor to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 on January 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This worldwide event is dedicated to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and … Continue reading

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Benson Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Gold Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ 2021, the world’s only event solely for OE and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industries, is pleased to welcome back Benson as a Gold Sponsor. The event will be held January 12-14, 2021 at the Orange … Continue reading

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Import Glass Corporation Opens Location in Florida

Import Glass Corporation (IGC), and automotive glass distributor with 19 locations throughout the U.S., has opened its newest location in Opa Locka, Fla., to service all of South Florida. The company says it offers a full line of OEM and … 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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Guardian Europe Finalizes Sale of Automotive Aftermarket Glass Fabrication and Distribution Business

Guardian Europe S.à r.l. (Guardian) has finalized the sale of its Guardian Automotive  aftermarket glass fabrication and distribution business to PARTER Capital Group AG (PCG). The transaction includes automotive glass fabrication operations in Llodio and Valencia, Spain, and a warehouse … Continue reading

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XYG North America Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Platinum Sponsor

Platinum-level sponsor XYG North America is back for a power-packed experience at Auto Glass Week™ 2021, which will be held January 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. As the only event in the world devoted to the … Continue reading

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Vitro Automotive Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Platinum Sponsor

Platinum-level sponsor Vitro Automotive returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 on January 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This power-packed event is dedicated to the OE and aftermarket auto glass industries. Auto Glass Week provides essential keen … Continue reading

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Pilkington North America Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as Platinum Plus Sponsor

Pilkington North America is once again returning as a Platinum Plus sponsor of the only worldwide event that is created and designed specifically for the auto glass repair and replacement industry. Auto Glass Week™ 2021 will take place January 12-14 … Continue reading

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Attendee and Competitor Registration is Now Open for Auto Glass Week™ 2021!

Register now to attend or compete at Auto Glass Week™ 2021, which will be held in Orlando, FL on January 12-14, 2021.This power-packed, worldwide event is dedicated to the repair, replacement and calibration industries. Auto Glass Week provides essential learning … Continue reading

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GlasWeld Returns to Auto Glass Week™ as Platinum Plus Sponsor

GlasWeld is returning to Auto Glass Week™ 2021 as a Platinum Plus sponsor. Auto Glass Week is the only event devoted solely to the auto glass repair, OE and replacement auto glass industry. It will take place January 12-14 at the … Continue reading

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Jack Morris Auto Glass Uses Windshields During COVID-19 Outbreak

Jack Morris Auto Glass, located in Tennessee, found a unique way to protect its customers and employees to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We’ve all seen the plexiglass shields at retail stores, but at Jack Morris Auto Glass … Continue reading

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AIS Windshield Experts Launches Minimal Contact Services with App

Officials for AIS Windshield Experts announced that the company now offers minimal contact services and cashless claim transactions for customers. The company also deployed an interactive chatbot for its website, which can be used for quick redressal of any queries … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Welcomes Signature Collision Centers

AirPro Diagnostics (AirPro) recently announced the addition of Signature Collision Centers to its list of elite clients. Based in Annapolis, Md., Signature Collision is a rapidly growing, high quality, customer-focused MSO with 24 locations along the eastern seaboard, according to … Continue reading

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CIECA Announces New Executive Director

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) recently announced that it named Paul Barry as the organization’s executive director. According to the association, this became effective June 1, 2020. In his new role, Barry will work with CIECA’s board of … Continue reading

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Your Car During Lockdown. Is It Ready for Action When You Need It?

National Windscreens recently issued its top tips for making sure vehicles are healthy, after lack of use during the lockdown period. According to the company, the lack of vehicle use can lead to issues with the vehicle’s reliability unless the … Continue reading

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List of Standardized ADAS Names Released

Following up on recommendations from late 2019, the Society of Automotive Engineers, Consumer Reports, AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council have worked together and created a standardized list of names for specific, individual Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) … Continue reading

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Sika Produces Safety Masks for Employees and Customers

At the Les Salles du Gardon factory in southern France, Sika has commenced the production of respiratory masks made almost entirely from Sika products. According to the company, nearly 50,000 masks have already been produced. The masks, according to Sika, … Continue reading

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Now Available

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department recently released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness application along with application instructions. The form and instructions advise borrowers on how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Services Inc. Completes Bought Deal

Boyd Group Services Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it has closed its previously announced bought deal financing consisting of 1,100,000 shares that cost $183 per share. According to the company, the bought deal was led by CIBC Capital Markets, … Continue reading

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Power Auto Glass Launches New Website

Power Auto Glass recently announced that the windshield repair company, located in San Francisco, Calif., launched a new website. The auto glass company offers both onsite and mobile auto glass replacement and repair services in Bay Area cities. The company noted … Continue reading

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Ford Issues Sunroof Recall

Ford recently issued a recall on more than 5,000 of its Transit Connect vans made from 2014 to 2017 with panoramic sunroofs. The auto manufacturer stated the sunroofs could leak or even detach from the vans, in a press release. … Continue reading

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National Windscreens Appoints New Commercial and Service Director

National Windscreens has appointed Nigel Paling as its commercial and service director.  In his new role based at National Windscreens UK headquarters in Tamworth, Paling will lead a series of initiatives to deliver an enhanced customer journey and maximize a … Continue reading

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Ford Offers Self-Driving Data to Spark Research and Development

Ford is releasing a comprehensive self-driving vehicle dataset to the academic and research community. The company is releasing data from multiple self-driving research vehicles collected over a span of one year. This dataset includes not only LiDAR and camera sensor … Continue reading

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Former Safelite Auto Glass President Dies at 84

Randall Dee Hubbard, former Safelite Auto Glass (Safelite) president passed away recently. He was 84. Hubbard was the youngest of eight children and worked in his family’s icehouse before attending Butler Community College, according to the American Quarter Horse Association. … Continue reading

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New Windshield Replacement Company Opens in August

Yellowstone Auto Glass recently announced it will be opening and will focus on windshield replacements. The company is set to open on August 1, 2020. The company is an auto glass replacement company that will be operating in Chantilly, Va. … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Services Inc. Obtains New Funding and Releases Preliminary Results

Boyd Group Services Inc. (Boyd) recently announced it has entered into an agreement with CIBC Capital Markets, Cormark Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs and National Bank Financial Inc., and joint bookrunners, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the Underwriters). … 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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Mitchell Releases Two New Offerings to Solve Repair Challenges

Mitchell International (Mitchell) recently announced the availability of two new industry offerings: the Diagnostics and Calibration Services Locator and Mitchell ShopPak for Cloud. Due to COVID-19 collision repair facilities are challenged with the ability to procure partner products and services, as many organizations … Continue reading

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Speedy Glass Canada Created a Safety Measure for its Customers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Speedy Glass Canada (Speedy) created a glass barrier to protect its employees and customers limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in its operating businesses. The barrier, according to the company, can be created from vehicle windshields.

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Educational Webinar Opportunity

Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) members are now able to join free webinars, pertaining to Federal Government Aid Programs for Small Businesses (500 employees or less). The first was held today at noon and repeated at 3 p.m. EST. The next informational … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Assist Provides Essential Service to First Responders

Auto Glass Assist, a division of Club Assist, recently announced it has been working to provide essential service to first responders. “The team is making sure the first responders have safe, functioning windshields while they’re out taking care of our … Continue reading

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Safelite AutoGlass Donates PPE to Two Ohio Hospitals

Safelite AutoGlass (Safelite) announced the company recently donated personal protection equipment (PPE) to two local Columbus, Ohio hospitals, including Nationwide Children’s and OhioHealth. Each hospital received 200,000 latex gloves and 1,000 N95 face masks, according to Safelite. “Knowing the critical … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Business Temporarily Shuts Down

Tiny and Sons Auto Glass Co. (Tiny and Sons), of Pembroke, Mass., will be closed until April 27, 2020, according to company president Peter Brown. “We have been witnessing unprecedented sacrifices made from first responders, doctors, nurses and those who … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Assist Employee Made an Easter Bunny Drop Off

An Auto Glass Assist employee gave chocolate Easter bunnies to a local Florida children’s charity over the weekend to celebrate the holiday. Each year Club Assist leaves a chocolate Easter bunny on each of its employee’s desk, but since the … Continue reading

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Metro Auto Glass Now Offers Same Day Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Services in Sydney

Metro Auto Glass recently announced it is now offering same day repair and replacement services. The company has also expanded its lifetime warranty offer to not just cars but also on the repairs and replacement of auto glass for passenger … Continue reading

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GM to Share Face Mask Production Plans with Two Associations

General Motors (GM) recently announced it is increasing production capacity for face masks at its Michigan facility. The automotive company has also shared its manufacturing plans with its suppliers, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and the Michigan Manufacturers Association … Continue reading

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Acceptance Insurance Provides for Employees and Customers During COVID-19

Acceptance Insurance has taken extra steps to support both its team members and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through continued pay, home goods donations and safe working conditions, Acceptance Insurance is focused on providing a stable environment. The company is … Continue reading

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New Autonomous Safety Standard Announced

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced it has published UL 4600, the Standard for Safety for the Evaluation of Autonomous Products—its first Standard addressing autonomous vehicles and other applications. According to UL, the Standard’s scope includes safety principles and processes for evaluating … Continue reading

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Stimulus Package Update

The House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus package that the Senate passed earlier this week. The approval was granted today. The bill now goes to the president for his signature. The Stimulus package’s main goal is to aid … Continue reading

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Expands Coronavirus-Related Relief Actions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is in the process of converting its first plant to produce face masks for first responders and health care workers. The first of its machinery has been delivered and installed, according to the company. “There has … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Services Inc. Gives Updates on COVID-19 Pandemic

Boyd Group Services Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced its business has been identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States as an essential critical infrastructure, as well as in Ontario’s list of Essential Workplaces. According to … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Opens New Fitting Hub in Harlow

Drivers in the Essex and M25 area can now turn to Auto Windscreens’ new Fitting Hub in Harlow for windscreen repairs/replacements. The new hub is the first of a number of hubs planned to open this year, helping the current … Continue reading

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Ford Works With 3M, GE, UAW to Speed Respirator and Ventilator Production

Ford Motor Company (Ford) joined forces with 3M and GE Healthcare and the United Auto Workers (UAW), to increase the manufacturing and engineering to quickly expand production of medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting … Continue reading

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Safelite Solutions Implements Fast Track

Safelite Solutions (Safelite) issued a notice to its members about its new Fast Track invoice option. According to the company, its Fast Track option is a billing tool that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and must be used for businesses submitting … Continue reading

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Ford Motor Company Suspends Production Due To Virus

Ford Motor Company (Ford) announced it is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus. The IMG production suspensions began Saturday, March 21, and will … Continue reading

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Classic Glass of Woburn Founder, Bill Brodie Has Died

William (Bill) Brodie, passed away on March 14, 2020. Brodie died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family, according to The Andover Townsman online. Brodie founded Classic Glass of Woburn, which he owned for 46 years. His love of … Continue reading

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FCA Suspends Production in North America in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced it has ceased production at its North America plants effective yesterday through the end of March 2020. The company released a statement after working with the United Auto Workers (UAW), according to FCA. “While production … Continue reading

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Nationwide Addresses Coronavirus to Its Insured

Nationwide chief customer officer, Amy Shore, sent a notice to the company’s insureds informing them about Nationwide’s COVID-19 safety plans. The company has been preparing to take action on the impacts of the virus for weeks, according to the notice. … Continue reading

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OEM Certifications to Be Highlighted in April Webinar

CIECA announced Connor Smith, CARSTAR original equipment manufacturer (OEM) senior manager, will present during the next CIECAst webinar. According to the company, Smith will discuss “The Importance of OEM Certifications,” on April 21, at 11 am CST. All industry segments, … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Industry Responds To Those in Need

COVID-19 continues to impact the United States, but some in the auto glass industry worked together to help those in need. Paul Bycok, of Glass One Auto Glass, used social media to challenge those in the industry to give back. … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Auto Glass Business Practices Social Distancing Amidst Virus Outbreak

Tiny and Sons’ president, Peter Brown announced his auto glass company has remained open and is practicing social distancing to ensure his customers and staff remain safe. According to Brown, practicing social distancing has been a challenge for the industry, … Continue reading

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Glass TEXpo™ ’20 Scheduled for May 1-2 Cancelled

Glass TEXpo™ ’20 scheduled for May 1-2, 2020 in San Antonio has been cancelled due to the current worldwide health emergency surrounding COVID-19. “We are working on alternative dates and will announce them once they are finalized,” said Tina Czar, director of … Continue reading

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Auto Glass University Cancels April Class

Auto Glass University (AGU) announced it has cancelled its April class, originally scheduled for April 13-17, 2020 in order to keep its students safe from COVID-19. The university stated it is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The … Continue reading

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All AASP-MN Meetings and Events Canceled Until Further Notice

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced that all currently scheduled meetings and events will be canceled until further notice. Currently AASP-MN staff are set up to work virtually, so association business will continue and will not … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Wisconsin

The Boyd Group Inc. (Boyd Group) recently announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Waukesha, Wis. The location previously operated as Nagel Auto Body. “Acquiring this repair center in Waukesha enhances our footprint in this region and strengthens … Continue reading

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Ford Motor Company Released Statement Surrounding COVID-19 Virus

Ford Motor Company (Ford) recently released a statement amidst the rising concern for the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus. According to the company’s statement, the effect of the virus has been very limited for its employees. “In recent … Continue reading

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Corning Incorporated Remembers Amory Houghton Jr.

Corning Incorporated (Corning) leaders announced Amory Houghton Jr., died in his home last week – he was 93 years old. Houghton served as Corning’s chairman and CEO from 1964 to 1983. He then went on to serve nine terms in … Continue reading

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New Dates Announced for Mygrant Events

Mygrant Glass recently announced the new dates for two of its learning opportunities. According to the release, the events are set to take place in Randolph and Methuen, Mass., and are open to auto glass members in the area. According … Continue reading

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AGSC, NWRD Postpone Spring Meetings Including AGRSS and ROLAGS 2 Meetings

The Board of Directors for the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) is postponing the Auto Glass Safety Council 2020 Spring Meetings, citing concerns over the current outbreak of the coronavirus. As a result, the event will not take place as … Continue reading

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Tecglass and Cugher Glass Form Agreements

Tecglass and Cugher finalized agreements for the launch of a new technical-sales partnership in flat glass, aimed at providing the automotive industry complete, highly automated, precise lines for mass production, according to the companies’ joint release. Thanks to the partnership … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires 14 Repair Centers in Michigan, Indiana

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the acquisition of 14 collision repair centers in Michigan (8 locations) and Indiana (6 locations). The shops were previously branded as Vision Collision, 14/69 Auto Body, Angola Collision Services and Mcfall’s Collision … Continue reading

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Ford and Allstate Make A Connected Car Insurance Partnership

Ford recently announced a deal with Allstate that would allow the automaker to share some of the data from the inside of connected 2020 vehicles with Allstate. According to Ford, the insurance company has a program that tracks mileage – … Continue reading

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Report Explores Value of Entering a Trade

Labor shortages have been an ongoing topic of concern for the auto glass industry, as many companies have found interest in entering trades has declined. But that might be changing, according to a recent report from Housecall Pro, which highlights … Continue reading

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Key Media & Research Earns 11 ASBPE Nominations

Key Media & Research (KMR), publisher of AGRR magazine and glassBYTEs.com, was named a finalist for 11 American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) awards yesterday, showcasing the staff’s outstanding work in print, video and design. The accolades include a … Continue reading

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Ford to Offer All-Electric Transit

Ford Motor Company (Ford) recently announced its cargo van, the Ford Transit, is going digital, with an all-electric version coming for the 2022 model year. The all-electric Transit, which will be American-built, is a part of the company’s more than … Continue reading

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Autel Tech Support Extends Hours of Operation

Autel’s Tech Support Team has extended its hours of operation from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday, according to the company. “West Coast shops to East Coast shops open late now have greater accessibility to speak to a representative … Continue reading

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Allstate Makes 2020 Most Ethical Company Listing

Ethisphere recently recognized Allstate as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies. According to the company, this annual recognition highlights companies that prioritize ethical behavior as a means to improve the world, while enhancing business performance. “This designation represents … Continue reading

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LKQ Corporation Completes Sale of Two Czech Distributors

LKQ Corporation (LKQ), the parent company of PGW Auto Glass, recently announced that it has closed its agreement to sell its equity interests in two Czech wholesale automotive parts distributors to Swiss Automotive Group AG. The terms of the transaction … Continue reading

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Arizona House Bill Held in Committee

An Arizona bill impacting assignment of benefits (AOB) was held in committee during a House meeting at the end of February 2020. The bill, also known as HB 2441, aims to alter the way auto glass shop owners obtain AOB … Continue reading

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Hyundai Mobis Supplies 12-inch Windshield Head-Up Display to Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Mobis has entered the market for windshield Head-up display (HUD). HUD is a system that presents data on the windshield in front of the driver’s seat, and the company’s HUD product has been incorporated in the Genesis GV80 SUV … Continue reading

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Chapman Luxury Imports of Tucson LLC Becomes AGSC Registered Member Company

Chapman Luxury Imports of Tucson LLC of Tucson, Ariz., has joined the list of safety-conscious auto glass companies by becoming an accredited Registered Member Company of the prestigious Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC). “By becoming a member, Chapman Luxury Imports … Continue reading

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SIKA Joins “Together for Sustainability” Initiative

Sika has joined the Together for Sustainability (TS) initiative and is a new member. The organization was founded in 2011 and aims to improve sustainability practice within the supply chain of the chemicals industry, according to the initiative. With this … Continue reading

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Are you a Top Retailer?

Auto Glass Repair and Replacement (AGRR) magazine is publishing its list of Top Retailers in the upcoming March/April issue. If you are eligible (you must have at least one million in revenue for 2019) and haven’t yet received an email … Continue reading

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State Farm Accused of Denying Auto Benefits to Accident Victims

Heather Hack, Gregory Hack and Skylar Hack, became the first individuals to file a class action lawsuit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. (State Farm) for allegedly withholding thousands of dollars in policyholder’s personal injury benefits. The group’s … Continue reading

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Arizona is in the Lead for Auto Glass Claims

Arizona leads the nation in auto glass claims, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Insurance industry data shows 10% of the nation’s auto glass claims were from Arizona between 2015 and 2019. “The fact that auto glass claims … Continue reading

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PH Vitres d’Autos Names New Chief Operating Officer

PH Vitres d’Autos announced Richard Jutras will be its new chief operating officer. According to the company, Jutras will be responsible for the company’s activities, as well as those of its subsidiaries in Canada. Jutras holds an MBA from UQAM … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2020 Call for Session Topics

Auto Glass Week™ 2020 in Orlando, Florida is offering all industry members the opportunity to submit their session topic ideas for consideration. The educational program team is providing a link with a brief survey for those in the automotive glass … Continue reading

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D.I. Auto Care Announces New Services

D.I. Auto Care announced it will now be offering car detailing services in the Phoenix area and neighboring communities. The company states it can provide detailing services for various kinds of motor vehicles, including cars, boats, trucks, motor coaches, planes, … Continue reading

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Ford is Using Virtual Reality to Train Technicians on All-Electric Mustang

Technicians will soon be trained on how to service and maintain the all-electric Mustang without needing to access a physical model. The development arrives thanks to a new virtual reality (VR) training tool from Ford and Bosch. “This new virtual … Continue reading

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SunTec Windshield Replacement of Phoenix Opens Two New Locations

SunTec Windshield Replacement of Phoenix (SunTec) announced it expanded by adding two new locations. The new locations can be found in Gilbert, Ariz., and Phoenix, according to the company. The company notes its technicians are trained to service vintage-aged vehicles. … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Progressive to Pay Up

U.S. District Judge Timothy Savage awarded $700,000 in legal fees to attorneys with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and Caputo & Mariotti PC for their work on behalf of a class of Progressive Specialty Insurance Co. (Progressive) customers who … Continue reading

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Fix Network Canada Raised More Than $140,000 for Local Charity

Fix Network World president and CEO, Steve Leal, announced the Fix Network Canada family came together to raise $143,828 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada in 2019. “I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity and efforts of our … 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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New Headlight Acquisition

All Star Auto Lights recently announced the acquisition of Headlights 101, a Fayetteville, Ga.-based company. “We are focused on identifying high quality investment opportunities, with strong cultural alignment, that will enable us to further build our footprint and better serve … Continue reading

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AASP-MN’s Automotive Scholarships Up For Grabs

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) will be awarding scholarships to select students enrolled in post-secondary automotive (auto service or collision repair) programs. Scholarship awards will be $1,000 per student and can be applied towards tuition or … Continue reading

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LKQ Corp. Hires New Federal Government Affairs VP

LKQ Corporation (LKQ) announced it has hired Tyler Threadgill as its federal government affairs vice president. Threadgill will join LKQ’s Washington, D.C., office and assist in growing the company’s government affairs presence. LKQ is a distributor of alternative and specialty … Continue reading

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Eric Newell Joins AirPro Diagnostics

AirPro Diagnostics, LLC (AirPro) recently announced Eric Newell as its field operations/business development vice president. Newell has a strong background in collision repair operations as well as remote and on-site diagnostics, according to the company. Newell most recently held the … Continue reading

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China-based Fuyao Glass Considers Manufacturing in the U.S.

China-based Fuyao Glass Considers Manufacturing in the U.S. 

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Updated Service Added To Auto Glass Shop

Vista Glass announced an update to its auto glass repair and replacement services. According to the Tucson, Ariz. based company, it now offers specialist glass services for homeowners and their vehicles.

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WABCO Expands ADAS Retrofit Kit Applications

WABCO Holdings Inc. (WABCO) announced the availability of an expanded range of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) retrofit kits. Now available for several additional applications, WABCO OnSide retrofit kits enable fleets to enhance the safety of existing equipment by adding … Continue reading

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Lincoln, Rivian Partner to Deliver Lincoln’s First All-Electric Vehicle

Lincoln Motor Company announced it is working with Rivian to develop an electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford Motor Company’s original investment in Rivian. Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in … Continue reading

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Lucid Motors Welcomes New Senior Director

Lucid Motors announced Dr. Eugene Lee has joined the company as its ADAS and autonomous driving senior director. Within this role, he is responsible for the implementation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the development of autonomous driving (AD) … Continue reading

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Mygrant Employee Mark Annis Has Died

Mark Annis, Mygrant Glass assistant manager of its Randolph, Mass. warehouse passed away January 25, 2020. Annis graduated from Braintree high school before starting to work with his father at PPG, where he worked for 30 years. He helped open … Continue reading

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CIECA Announces 2020 Officers

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) elected its 2020 officers during its board meeting earlier this month. The following are the association’s officers: Chairwoman: Kim DeVallance Caron, Enterprise Holdings; Vice chair: Jeff Schroder, Car-Part.com; Treasurer: Michael Naoom, Safelite Solutions; … Continue reading

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Curtis Moore Weston Dies at 92

Curtis Moore Weston of Decker Auto Glass, died January 17, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice at the age of 92. After graduating high school in 1945 he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II. Following his service, … Continue reading

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National Windscreens Opens New Distribution Center

National Windscreens has opened a regional distribution center in Scotland. The new unit became operational last month and is located next door to the company’s Glasgow fitting and calibration center. The 10,000-square-foot facility will supply National Windscreens’ nine fitting and … Continue reading

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GM Set to Open a New Technical Center in Charlotte

General Motors (GM) will open a new technical center focused on performance and racing in the Charlotte region, a major racing hub in the U.S. The facility will expand GM’s performance and racing capabilities, officials said, with a focus on … Continue reading

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Convenient Payments Backs Mainstreet for Acquisition

Convenient Payments Holdings LLC (Convenient Payments), a portfolio company of The Beekman Group, announced that subsidiary, Mainstreet Computers LLC (Mainstreet) has acquired Dialmark LLC, dba Digital Business Controls (DB Controls), a Sandy, Utah-based provider of business software to the auto … Continue reading

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BLOG: Business 101 Video

This one-of-a-kind chalkboard style video, by David Rohlfing, takes a look at the services your business offers to its customers.

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Colorado

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced it has opened a repair center in Littleton, Colo. The new location previously operated as a warehouse and office but has been converted to a collision repair facility, according to the company. … Continue reading

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Mitchell Repair Center Integrates with QuickBooks Online

Mitchell International (Mitchell) now connects with Intuit QuickBooks Online within the Mitchell RepairCenter solution. This collaboration adds Intuit’s cloud-based accounting functions to repair facilities’ complete facility management capabilities within the RepairCenter solution, according to the company. “Mitchell’s integration with QuickBooks … Continue reading

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AirPro Announces New Service

AirPro Diagnostics LLC (AirPro) announced it has launched a 24-hours per day, 365 days per year service to the automotive aftermarket worldwide. “Knowing the importance of timely service to the repair community, we want to make sure whenever there is … Continue reading

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The Boyd Group Acquires 11 Locations

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it acquired 11 locations within three different areas around the globe. According to the company, the newest locations are located in California, British Columbia and Michigan. California The Boyd Group entered … Continue reading

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Governor Supports Fuyao Glass America

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine joined Fuyao Glass America (Fuyao) to announce the creation of 100 new jobs at its Moraine facility. DeWine was joined by Fuyao chairman, Cho Tak Wong, China Consul General Huang Ping, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and … Continue reading

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Belron Appoints New CFO

Belron, parent company of Safelite Auto Glass, has recently announced Humphrey Singer will be its new chief finance officer. According to Belron, Singer will succeed Dave Meller, who decided to leave Belron after 17 years and will be working closely … Continue reading

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LKQ Corporation Agrees to Sell Two Czech Distributors

LKQ Corporation announced the execution of a definitive agreem