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REHAU Group Re-Organizes and Revamps Business Structure

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

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UniglassPlus Mississauga 401 Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Mississauga 401 located at 2795 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 8G6. Mike Cherneta and Kapi Komera, owners of CARSTAR Mississauga 401, CARSTAR Georgetown and CARSTAR Milton, invested in the addition of automotive glass repair … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Pittsburgh

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Pittsburgh, Pa., the second largest city in the state. This location operated as Wolbert Auto Body & Repair and serviced the community for 49 … Continue reading

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PH Vitres d’Autos Announces CEO’s Retirement

The Leadership Team of PH Vitres d’Autos announced the retirement of Mr. Mario Jutras, who held the company’s reins as chief executive officer since 1987. Jutras entered the family business in the late 1970s when he took over for his … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Victor, New York

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Victor, N.Y. This location operated as Austin-Spencer Collision Repair Center – Victor, servicing the community for 35 years. “We welcome this experienced and well-performing … Continue reading

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AsTech Acquires Mobile Tech RX

Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Mobile Tech RX (“Mobile Tech RX” or the “Company”). Mobile Tech RX is an automotive and collision reconditioning application with over 4,000 … Continue reading

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Tucson-Based Auto Dealership Opens Car ADAS Calibration Center

AirPro Diagnostics and Car ADAS Solutions have announced that an affiliate of Tucson-based O’Rielly Chevrolet will open an ADAS calibration center, Tucson ADAS Calibration Center LLC (TACC), to serve the Tucson and Southern Arizona markets. “We welcome TACC to the … Continue reading

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2021 Auto Glass Week Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Pilkington Clear Advantage Automotive Glass Technician Competition (AGTO), Delta Kits Windshield Repair Competition (WRO) and the grand champions of the Calibration and Customer Service (CSR) competitions were announced Wednesday night at Auto Glass Week™ 2021 in … Continue reading

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Tech Change is the Theme at Auto Glass Week Close

“The car is a computer on wheels, and you need to be educated on its software and technology,” was the ominous warning issued by the closing speaker as the Auto Glass Week education program concluded in Orlando. Frank Terlep is … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Shediac Opens in New Brunswick

Uniban, a Canadian automotive glass repair and replacement, recently announced the opening of UniglassPlus Shediac located in Shediac New Brunswick. Serge Leger, owner of UniglassPlus Shediac, has had glass repair capabilities for years. However, the team was looking to grow … Continue reading

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Root, Inc. Announces Entry into Wisconsin

Earlier this week Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance Co., announced that Root is now available to the 4.3 million drivers in Wisconsin, making it the company’s 31st state. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, Root Insurance says it is … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week: Calibration Takes the Stage

A staple of Auto Glass Week is the annual ADAS Summit, and this year was no different–show attendees were eager to hear of the latest on calibration. Two special panels took place, where experts in the field shared best practices, … Continue reading

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AGTO, WRO Narrow Down Finalists

It wouldn’t be Auto Glass Week without the Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO) and Windshield Repair Competition (WRO). Preliminaries have been held over the last two days and now both fields have been narrowed down to four finalists. Vying for … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes New Location in Richmond, BC

NOVUS Glass, an international name in automotive glass repair and replacement services, now has a new location in Richmond, British Columbia. Owner operator Victor Law has been in the automotive business for more than 25 years, beginning with operating a … Continue reading

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Caliber Announces Sherry Vidal-Brown as Chief People Officer

Caliber, parent company of Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Glass, Caliber Auto Care and Protech Automotive Solutions, has announced the appointment of Sherry Vidal-Brown as chief people officer. In this role, she will support the company’s purpose, Restoring the Rhythm of … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Revs into Second Gear—Day Two

Auto Glass Week swung into full gear today, the second day of the annual industry conference taking place this week in person in Orlando, and offering a virtual component as well. A full day of conference educational sessions began with … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires Breaker Glass Co.

Safelite® Group, a national vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite® AutoGlass, has agreed to acquire the assets of Breaker Glass Co. in Placerville, Calif. The transaction was completed on Friday, June 4, 2021. “We’re pleased to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Kicks Off in Orlando

Auto Glass Week, the industry’s annual gathering kicked off today in Orlando before a large audience, and still more participating virtually. Opening day, complete with exhibitors, competitors and seminars, was a welcome attraction for so many who had not been … Continue reading

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Mopar Launches Certified Glass Installer Program

Mopar is launching an industry-first automotive glass-repair certification program called the Mopar Certified Glass Installer Program, which the company says leverages the collision repair educational expertise of the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR®). Mopar information states that the … Continue reading

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NOVUS® Glass Welcomes New Franchisees Joshua Gille and Mark Kim

NOVUS Glass announced the addition of new franchisees, Joshua Gille and Mark Kim, to their NOVUS franchise network. Joshua and Mark are the new owners of the NOVUS Glass franchise in San Gabriel, Calif. “NOVUS Glass has a world-class repair … Continue reading

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Go! Glass Okotoks Opens in Alberta

Uniban announced the opening Go! Glass Okotoks located at 112 South Bank Boulevard, Okotoks Alberta, T1S 0L3. This is the third facility for Go! Glass Okotoks for owners Remon Toma, Hilal Toma and Zuhair Toma who also own Go! Glass … Continue reading

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Novus Glass Welcomes New Location in Truro, Nova Scotia

Mark Weeks, regional vice president – Atlantic for Fix Network, welcomed NOVUS Glass Truro into its network, introducing advanced glass repair and replacement services in the Nova Scotia town of Truro. “We’re delighted to welcome NOVUS Glass Truro and its … Continue reading

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GEICO partners with Tractable to Accelerate Accident Recovery with AI

GEICO, the second-largest auto insurer in the US, is partnering with Tractable to accelerate its auto claim and repair process. Tractable’s proprietary computer vision technology, trained on millions of historical claims, assesses vehicle damage like a human appraiser. Inserting AI … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Stouffville Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Stouffville located at 61 Ringwood Drive, Unit 1, Stouffville Ontario, L4C 8C1. Vatche Najarian, owner of UniglassPlus Stouffville, grew up in the collision repair industry. Vatche’s father, Hratch, opened his collision repair center in … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Amarillo, Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center that formerly operated as a new car dealership in Amarillo, Texas, the 14th most populous city in the state. “Acquiring this repair center, our second … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Celebrates ‘Clearly Going Places’ for 50 Years

Auto Windscreens celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 20, 2021. It was established in 1971 as a family business in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, where its head office is still based today. When the company first opened its doors, the … Continue reading

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Autel Sponsors Garage Gurus “Tomorrow’s Top Techs” Scholarships

Autel US announced its sponsorship of Garage Gurus 2021-2022 Scholarship program, emphasizing its continuing efforts to encourage and support the next generation of technicians. Twelve winners to be selected this summer will receive $2,500 and an Autel MaxiSYS MS906TS diagnostic … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus Elmira Opens in Ontario

Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Elmira located at 33 First St. E., Elmira, ON N3B 2E6. Paul Van den Hoven, owner of UniglassPlus Elmira, invested in the expansion of his repair capabilities to provide customers with an automotive glass … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Repair Centers in Maryland

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Baltimore and Reisterstown, Maryland. These locations operated as Camden Body & Fender, founded 96 years ago, and is one of the oldest collision repairers … Continue reading

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U.S. Report Finds Anti-Competitive Repair Restrictions

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

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Three Repair Centers in Hawaii

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of three collision repair centers in Hawaii. The acquisition marks the Boyd Group’s entry into its 30th U.S. state. These locations in Kaneohe, Wahiawa and Waipahu previously operated as Sigs … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Enters into Exclusive Agreement with Spanesi North America

AirPro Diagnostics and Spanesi Americas, Inc., has entered into an exclusive agreement to provide AirPro’s suite of Diagnostic and ADAS calibrations technology solutions to Spanesi current and prospective customers as part of the “Spanesi 360° Concept” offering. “Spanesi has experienced … Continue reading

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Fix Network Welcomes First Two Fix Auto Locations in Mexico

Aftermarket leader Fix Network has expanded its reach in the Latin American market, launching its first two Fix Auto locations in Mexico this week. Steve Leal, president and CEO of Fix Network, describes the launches as milestone moments in the … Continue reading

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Reliable Glass Announces Transactions Involving Star Glass Company and LRST, LLC

Reliable Glass, Phoenix, Ariz., announced its acquisition of Star Glass Company, Tucson, Ariz. Star Glass was founded in 1998, offers auto, residential and commercial glass services and serves the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas. Greg Tornga, president and owner of … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Repair Centers in Sanford and Southern Pines, North Carolina

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in North Carolina. These repair centers operated as Overton Body Shop, which had a 1980 founding in Southern Pines, N.C. followed by an additional location … Continue reading

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Nissan Files Noncompliance Report

According to a notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) has established that certain replacement windshield glass lites manufactured by Central Glass Co., Ltd., outsourced to Japan Tempered & Laminated Glass Co., Ltd. … Continue reading

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Autoglass® Appoints Chris Abbotson as National Sales Manager

Autoglass®, a UK-based vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration company, has appointed Chris Abbotson as national sales manager to lead the company’s commercial team. Abbotson has been part of the senior leadership team at Autoglass® for more than 13 years … Continue reading

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Bad Roads Mean Higher Car Repair Costs–a Comparison by State

The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in the news lately, but just how much does that infrastructure affect the amount of car repairs (including auto glass repair and replacement)? Plenty, as it turns out. A state-by-state fact sheet produced … Continue reading

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Delta Kits Launches Website for European Market

Delta Kits Inc., supplier of windshield repair and headlight restoration supplies and equipment, has launched a new website for the European market. Working with Ogo Sense, a digital marketing company in Portland, Maine, and windscreen repair distributors Heinrich Hermanus (Germany) … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Repair Centers in Denton and Flower Mound, Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Texas. The repair centers operated as Pro Care Collision, founded in 2001 with a location in Flower Mound followed by the addition of a … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires Troy Auto Glass

Safelite® Group, owner of Safelite® AutoGlass, announced today an agreement to acquire the assets of Troy Auto Glass in Troy, Mich. Troy Auto Glass, with one location, offers a variety of services such as auto glass replacement, windshield calibration, fleet … Continue reading

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AGW Welcomes Creative Extruded as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Creative Extruded as a Cobalt sponsor to the world-class event in June. Register today at autoglassweek.com. Creative, a domestic manufacturer, produces the finest molding systems available; FlexiTrimTM universals and RightTrimTM vehicle specific … Continue reading

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Sika Acquires Japanese Adhesives and Sealants Business

Sika has agreed to acquire Hamatite, the adhesives business of The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. Hamatite is a market leader in Japan, offering adhesives and sealants to the automotive and construction industries. According to Sika, the acquisition will significantly strengthen … Continue reading

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Auto One Expands to Florida with New West Palm Beach Location

Auto One Accessories and Glass, an automotive after-market retailer based out of Brighton, MI, has expanded its reach to the state of Florida with its new West Palm Beach Location. The new Auto One franchise location is owned by Kenny … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Escondido, California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Escondido, California. This repair center operated as Milo Johnson Auto Body since 1945 and from Escondido, its current location, since 1971. “We welcome this … Continue reading

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Fuyao Revenues Edge Down in 2020; Company ‘Overcame Impact’ of Pandemic

China-based auto glass manufacturer Fuyao saw a near 6% decrease in sales in a pandemic-ridden 2020, though the company still remained profitable, according to a recently released annual report. Fuyao recorded overall revenues of $3.07 billion*, down 5.7% from the … Continue reading

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Hotel Discounts for AGW Ending Soon – Reserve Your Rooms Today!

Still deciding where to stay for Auto Glass Week™? Your options are plenty but if you are considering a room at one of our partner hotels, discounts expire on May 14. The Rosen Centre Hotel and the Rosen Plaza Hotel … Continue reading

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Arizona Defendants Plead the Fifth in GEICO Case

Arizona defendants Sean Alexander, Terry Godfrey and Anthon Godfrey, in the auto glass services business as A&G Auto Glass and sued by GEICO in federal court for alleged fraudulent insurance claims, have pleaded their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. In … Continue reading

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Strategic Materials Joins Auto Glass Week™ as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Strategic Materials as a Cobalt-level event sponsor. With over a 100-year history, Strategic Materials is North America’s largest and most comprehensive glass recycler, with nearly 50 locations in the United States, Canada, … Continue reading

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Caliber Kicks Off 10th Annual ‘Restoring You’ Food Drive

Caliber, which encompasses a portfolio of automotive services brands including Caliber Collision, America’s largest collision repair brand, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass has announced it is hosting its 10th annual Restoring You Food Drive, which began April 12. … Continue reading

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Safety Council Looks Toward Building Crash Data

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) is working to improve the collection of data regarding windshield failures in automobile crashes. There is, unfortunately, a history of anecdotal evidence of windshield failure as a cause or exacerbation of crashes and as … Continue reading

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Court Brief Reveals AGA Strategy

Trial briefs were filed last month in the U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla. In the Allstate v. Auto Glass America litigation. Trial briefs indicate to the court the arguments that the parties plan to set forth in litigation and … Continue reading

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Rolladeck Industries Joins Auto Glass Week™ as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Rolladeck Industries as a Cobalt-level sponsor. The show offers three days packed with live demonstrations, competitions, exhibitions and quality educational seminars. The event will be held on June 7-9 in the Orange County … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics, Auto Techcelerators Enter into Exclusive Technology License Agreement

AirPro Diagnostics and Auto Techcelerators announced that they have completed an exclusive technology licensing agreement allowing AirPro Diagnostic to integrate Auto Techcelerators’ ADAS, Calibration and Test Drive CoPilot™ technologies into its diagnostic and calibration services platform. “After meeting with AirPro’s … Continue reading

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Bruce McDonald Loses Battle with Cancer

Delta Kits has announced the passing of William Bruce McDonald, who died on April 9, 2021 after being diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. McDonald was a sales representative and lead trainer at Delta Kits for more than 12 … Continue reading

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Safelite Imposes New Documentation Requirements

Safelite Solutions, a leading third-party administrator to the auto glass industry, has issued new policies and procedures for auto glass services companies to submit documentation for reimbursement for recalibration services. Safelite’s new rules, to become effective as of April 23, … Continue reading

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NOVUS® Glass Welcomes New Franchisee Andrew Kwang

Andrew Kwang has joined the NOVUS franchise network as the new owner of the NOVUS Glass franchise in the Greater Denver area of Colorado, formerly operated by Mike Brown. With more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in … Continue reading

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Caliber Adds Roland Smith to Board of Directors

Caliber, parent company to Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Glass, and Caliber Auto Care, has announced that Roland Smith will be joining its Board of Directors, effective April 19. Smith is a seasoned board member and executive, bringing more than 30 … Continue reading

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Registration Still Open for Auto Glass Week™ Windshield Repair Competition and the Chance to Take Home $5,000

Check all that apply . . . You are great at your craft. You have a bit of a competitive streak. You like to help others. You can always use some extra cash. Do these apply to you? Then you … Continue reading

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GEICO Files Another Arizona Lawsuit

GEICO has filed a $300,000 federal lawsuit in Arizona against A&G Auto Glass for alleged fraudulent or non-reimbursable claims for windshield replacement services. GEICO claims that A&G Auto Glass did not actually provide the claimed replacement services and did not … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Announces New Sponsors

Auto Glass Week™ is the only event devoted solely to the auto glass OE and aftermarket, repair and replacement industry. It will take place June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Experience educational seminars, competitions and … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes eAutotools.com as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome eAutotools.com as a Cobalt sponsor to the world-class event in June. AGW is created and designed specifically for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry. Register TODAY … Continue reading

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Custom Glass Solutions Works One Million Hours Without a Lost-Time Injury

On March 17, Custom Glass Solutions reported that its windshield manufacturing plant in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, had achieved 1 million hours of work without a lost time injury. Employee health and safety manager Victor Foss, is pleased but is focused … Continue reading

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PRO Act Passes the House but Fate in Senate Remains Unknown

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 482) March 9, seeking to redefine what constitutes an independent contractor. That move has everyone from union leaders, to small businesses trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Calls on Calls Extraordinary Answering Service Joins Auto Glass Week™ as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Calls on Calls as a Cobalt-level event sponsor. If you are ready to improve your business, enhance your skills and meet other industry leaders, you need to attend AGW. This year’s event … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Vero Beach, Florida

The Boyd Group Inc. has announced the acquisition of collision repair center Perfection Paint & Body in Vero Beach, Florida. Perfection Paint & Body has served Vero Beach, the county seat of Indian River County, for more 20 years. The … Continue reading

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UniglassPlus and VitroPlus Fighting Hunger in Schools through Windshield Program

UniglassPlus and VitroPlus, well-known Canadian automotive glass repair and replacement companies and part of the Driven Brands family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands, have partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to bring meals to those in need. Until April 30, … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached in Subaru Class Action Windshield Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against car manufacturer Subaru that alleged that the windshields of certain vehicles were prone to cracking. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Subaru will extend the warranty of the … Continue reading

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AGRR Magazine Receives Design Award

Key Media & Research (KMR), parent company to AGRR magazine, received five awards this week from the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) Azbee Awards of Excellence. Tara Taffera, editorial director, and Dawn Campbell, art director, received Bronze in … Continue reading

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Trial by Jury Set for Allstate v. Auto Glass America Case

A November 1, 2021 trial date has been set by the U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., in the long running Allstate v. Auto Glass America litigation. At a Status Conference held last month with the parties District Judge Carlos … Continue reading

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NSG Group Makes Changes to Return to Pre-COVID Levels

Nearly two months after the company reported a year-over-year revenue decrease amid the COVID pandemic, Nippon Sheet Glass Co. (NSG Group, owner of Pilkington) has announced the results of its cost-savings measures including its “voluntary retirement program” in Japan and … Continue reading

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Attention AGSC/NWRD Members: Attend AGW for your Continuing Education Units

To maintain the highest standards in automotive glass repair and replacement, auto glass technicians who are Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) members must receive a certification as well as recertification. Recertification applies to accredited technicians who have previously taken and … Continue reading

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PPI: Automotive-Related Products Pricing Generally Positive in March

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in March 2021, 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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Maryland Passes Auto Glass Safety Bill

The Maryland State Legislature has passed auto glass safety legislation that would incorporate the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) into state law.  The bill, HB 519, was unanimously passed by the Maryland Senate by a vote of 47-0 on … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Recognizes Six Sponsors That Help Make It All Happen

It takes a village to put together a conference and Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is no exception. “It’s very important that AGW attendees are aware of the important contributions our sponsors make to the overall success of this event,” says … Continue reading

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Aurelius Acquires AutoRestore Ltd., from Belron International

Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KgaA has acquired AutoRestore Ltd., from Belron International Ltd. Aurelius says AutoRestore, a UK provider of mobile accident repair services, will complement Aurelius portfolio companies Rivus Fleet Solutions and Pullman Fleet Services which have … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Milwaukee

The Boyd Group Inc. has acquired the collision repair center Prestige Auto Works in Milwaukee, Wis. This location has served this market for nearly 40 years. “We are excited to welcome this location, which has built a strong reputation for … Continue reading

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Fix Auto St John’s Avalon opens for Business in Newfoundland

Mark Weeks, Fix Network regional vice-president (Atlantic), recently welcomed Fix Auto St John’s Avalon into the network. With a total 25 years of experience in the collision repair industry, collision managers Andrea Ghaney and Ern Miller believe that the facility … Continue reading

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Defective Glass is a Problem; Attending Auto Glass Week Can Help

Defective glass, counterfeit glass and incorrect parts can cause major headaches for shop owners. Service gets backed up, customers complain, and your reputation can be affected. To address these and other issues, Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is devoting two sessions … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Announces New Sponsors

Just 10 weeks remain until the industry’s greatest event of the year. Auto Glass Week™ will be held June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. The two-day event offers a top-notch educational program, exciting competitions, and the … Continue reading

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IBS Joins Auto Glass Week as Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Cobalt sponsor IBS. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., is the only worldwide event created and designed specifically for the auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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Diving Into the Boost for Automation in the Claims and Appraisal Process

“Although virtual estimating is definitely not new to automotive claims the pandemic has dramatically considered its adoption,” said Olivier Baudoux, Mitchell International global product strategy and artificial intelligence senior vice president, as he began describing how the claims process has … Continue reading

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Uniglass Express New Minas Opens in Nova Scotia

Uniban announced it is celebrating the opening Uniglass Express New Minas, located at 84 Crescent Drive New Minas, Nova Scotia. Robin Harris, owner of Uniglass Express New Minas, is an experienced collision repair professional with a longstanding reputation in the … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Simi Valley, Calif. This location originated in 1982 as Star Auto Body and has operated at the current location since 2000. “This acquisition enhances … Continue reading

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Mitchell International Sees Evolution of Claims Automation

Mitchell International (Mitchell), the parent company of National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS), says COVID-19 hastened the pace of digital transformation in auto insurance. According to a company release, when the pandemic began, carriers and collision repairers were forced to find … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes asTech as a Copper Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is excited to announce that asTech, a Repairify, Inc. company, has signed on as a Copper sponsor. asTech is a global leader of OEM and aftermarket vehicle diagnostics, calibrations, remote services and intelligence. Its portfolio is powered … Continue reading

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COVID Rebates at the Center of Latest Geico Class Action Complaint

Jessica Day has become the lead plaintiff in a California class action lawsuit against Geico Casualty Company, Geico Indemnity Company, and Geico General Insurance Company (collectively Geico). Day alleges Geico wrongly refused to pay back overcharged premiums during the pandemic … Continue reading

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Mitchell International Joins Auto Glass Week™ as Copper and Official Mobile App Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Mitchell International as a Copper event sponsor and exclusive sponsor of AGW’s mobile app for attendees during the show. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., … Continue reading

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Concerns About COVID? Register with Confidence for Auto Glass Week

You know the value of Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) but you are still concerned about COVID-19. Not to worry, this year you can register to attend the conference onsite and switch your registration to virtual as late as May 28, … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes Titanium Sponsor John Bean

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is thrilled to welcome John Bean as a Titanium sponsor to the 2021 exhibition floor. AGW is the only event created and designed specifically for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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Miles Driven Shows All Regions Decline in Latest Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.3%, or 28.4 billion vehicle miles, for January 2021, compared to January 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Overall travel for the month is estimated … Continue reading

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Sales Decrease by 8.5% in Boyd Group Financial Report

Boyd Group Services Inc. (The Boyd Group) released its 2020 fourth quarter and full year financial report recently and noted COVID-19 impacted its financial results. According to the report, sales decreased by 8.5% to $2.1 billion from $2.3 billion when … Continue reading

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The Future is Now: Understanding Calibration and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Calibration and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are increasingly the most talked about topics at Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) and this year’s program has several continuing education opportunities and demonstrations dedicated to the subject. Auto Glass Week, June 7-9 at … Continue reading

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Launch Tech USA Joins Auto Glass Week™ as a Silver Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to announce Launch Tech USA as both a Silver level sponsor and sponsor of the Chinese translation for the show’s virtual platform. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, … Continue reading

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Fix Network Names New Vice-President of Canada Operations

Fix Network has announced Sonia Bouthillette as its vice president of operations for Canada. Bouthillette will be reporting to Sylvain Seguin, Fix Network’s executive vice president (Canada) and will be based at the Fix Network national head office in Blainville, … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Welcomes Hedgehog Insurance

UK windscreen repair and replacement company, Auto Windscreens announced it has won a new preferred supplier two-year contract with online-only insurer, Hedgehog Insurance. The vast majority of Hedgehog’s policyholders will be making a claim online and booking via Auto Windscreens’ … Continue reading

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Eastman to Upgrade, Expand Extrusion Capabilities

Eastman Chemical Company has announced it is making an investment to upgrade and expand the extrusion capabilities at its Springfield, Mass., facility for the production of interlayers product lines. The company says the investment will strengthen its supply capability for … Continue reading

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Only Five Booths Available for Auto Glass Week™

The exhibition floor is almost full for Auto Glass Week™ (AGW), the No. 1 event for the OE and aftermarket automotive glass repair and replace industry. This year’s event takes place June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) … Continue reading

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QuestX Joins Auto Glass Week as a Cobalt Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to add QuestX as a Cobalt sponsor. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., is the only worldwide event created and designed specifically for the auto glass repair … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes New Cobalt Sponsor Burco, Inc.

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to announce that Burco, Inc. has signed as a Cobalt sponsor. AGW is the only worldwide event that is created and designed specifically for the auto glass repair and replacement industry. This year’s event, … Continue reading

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Strategy Analytics Predict AR HUDs and Smart Surfaces to Become Standard In-Vehicle HMI

Touchscreens and voice controls are becoming the most common embedded infotainment controls in high-volume makes, but automakers are still attempting to differentiate themselves with novel human-machine-interfaces (HMI). The potential of future HMI in-vehicle is being explored to include augmented reality … Continue reading

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Carrus Signs Partnership Agreement with PH Auto Glass

mdf commerce inc. (MDF) recently announced a strategic agreement between Carrus, its all-in-one management solution for the automotive aftermarket, and PH Auto Glass, a Canadian leader in sales, distribution and installation of automotive glass. This agreement will allow PH Auto … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Wins Great British Fleet Award

UK windscreen repair and replacement company, Auto Windscreens is celebrating after Shaun Atton, fleet and facilities head, won the ‘Fleet Manager: Financial Superstar’ category in the Great British Fleet Awards. The awards recognize the best of corporate motoring in the … Continue reading

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Reserve Your Discounted Rooms Now for Auto Glass Week™

The Auto Glass Week™ team is busy preparing for the industry’s first gathering since 2019! Auto Glass Week (AGW) will be held June 7-9 at the Orlando County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. and there is still time to … Continue reading

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Meiyuan Automotive Glass (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. Joins Auto Glass Week™ as Copper Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2021 is pleased to welcome Meiyuan Automotive Glass (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. as a Copper Sponsor. Auto Glass Week is the only worldwide event that is created and designed specifically for the auto glass repair and replacement industry. … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Names New Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Safelite® Group, parent company to Safelite AutoGlass® and Safelite® Solutions, announced John Stacy as the company’s new executive vice president, supply chain. “Our industry-leading supply chain has long played a key role in Safelite’s success, helping us serve customers where and when … Continue reading

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Preparing for Auto Glass Week™? Don’t Forget to Pack Your Questions

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is one of the industry’s best opportunities to meet new colleagues, share knowledge and ask questions, and this year’s event will not disappoint. “We know that sometimes the best knowledge and insights are gleaned during casual … Continue reading

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Panther Pro Joins Auto Glass Week as Copper Sponsor

  Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Panther Pro Inc. as a Copper event sponsor. AGW, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., is the only worldwide event created and designed specifically for … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Arizona

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Queen Creek, Ariz. This newly constructed facility was designed to provide maximum efficiency and is situated with visibility on a major roadway and is in proximity to new … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week Welcomes Teroson as Bronze Sponsor

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome Teroson as a Bronze sponsor to the world-class event in June. AGW is created and designed specifically for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement industry. The program … Continue reading

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Organizations Want Your Support with International Year of Glass

The International Commission on Glass (ICG), the Community of Glass Associations (CGA) and ICOMGlass are promoting a United Nations International Year of Glass for 2022. Its aim is to underline the scientific and economic importance of all glass, which includes … Continue reading

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Autoglass Extends LeasePlan UK Contract

Autoglass, whose parent company is Belron and is headquartered in the UK, announced a two-year extension to its partnership with LeasePlan UK. The renewal of the contract will see Autoglass continue offering its auto glass repair, replacement and recalibration services … Continue reading

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Disruption Junction: How’s that Function?

You may be too young to remember the School House Rock reference but there is no age limitation when it comes to dealing with emerging technologies and keeping up with the constant innovations in the industry. To help, Auto Glass … Continue reading

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Lisle Corporation Joins AGW as Cobalt Sponsor

AGW is happy to announce that Lisle Corporation has signed on as a Cobalt event sponsor. Few companies have the longevity of Lisle Corporation – or the manufacturing diversity. The company started in 1903 in Clarinda, Iowa producing horse-powered water … Continue reading

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AGRR Magazine Finalist in Award Competition

Key Media & Research (KMR), parent company to AGRR magazine, received five nominations as finalists for the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) Azbee Awards of Excellence. Tara Taffera, editorial director, and Dawn Campbell, art director, are among the … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Welcomes New Ontario Location

Daryll O’Keefe, regional vice president for Fix Network Ontario, welcomed NOVUS Glass Chatham to the network. Owner Pam Kacan has been associated with the auto glass repair industry for the past 16 years, first by assisting her father in his … Continue reading

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Make the Most of Networking Opportunities During Auto Glass Week

There are many personal and professional benefits to attending Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) and one of the most important is networking. To facilitate networking at the show, all attendees have access to the Meet-up Lounge, a dedicated space to relax … Continue reading

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Neighborly Welcomes New Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

Neighborly, formerly known as the Dwyer Group, headquartered in Waco, Texas, recently appointed Roger Chacko as its new chief strategy and marketing officer. “To help build further on the growth momentum we have at Neighborly, I am delighted to welcome … Continue reading

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Airxcel Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cleer Vision

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

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Is OE Glass Really Necessary, or Are Aftermarket Products a Solid Alternative?

When it comes to original equipment (OE) and aftermarket glass, car makers are clear: When performing replacements, OE glass should be used. Even if the aftermarket version is manufactured to the same tolerances, it doesn’t matter: their position statements set … Continue reading

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Mitchell International Introduces New Alternative for AI-Enabled Claims Processing

Mitchell International (Mitchell), headquartered in San Diego, Calif., announced that Claim Genius’ artificial intelligence (AI) can now be accessed through the Mitchell Intelligent Open Platform (MIOP). This allows U.S. and Canadian carriers to use Mitchell Intelligent Estimating with Claim Genius … Continue reading

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New Website Launched

Even if it seems so simple, a website hides hours of work and reflection, to do, redo, undo things. This is something that Swiss Auto Glass, headquartered in Nyon, Vaud, learned first-hand, as it recently launched its updated website. According … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Full Program Announced

The final program for the industry’s only worldwide event created and specifically for the auto glass OE and aftermarket, repair and replacement industries has been released. Take a look at the updated Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) brochure. This year’s event, … Continue reading

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Caliber Appoints Linda K. Massman to its Board of Directors

Caliber announced the appointment of Linda K. Massman to its board of directors, effective March 1, 2021. Massman, the former CEO and president of Clearwater Paper Corporation and a former top executive at Supervalu, Accenture, and Ralphs Grocery, brings a … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Opens Repair Center in Florida

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Pensacola, Fla. This newly constructed facility was designed to allow for efficiency and is situated with visibility to travelers on a major roadway and … Continue reading

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Competition Deadlines for Auto Glass Week are Near

Deadlines to register for the Auto Glass Week™ competitions, June 7-9 at the Orlando County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., are fast approaching. “There are many benefits to competition and each year it is one of the show’s highlights,” explains … Continue reading

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Cary Group gets a New Head of Sales

John Bernfell took to social media to announce that he is the new group head of sales for Cary Group, a Swedish-owned company that provides auto care solutions including windshields. Bernfell, who previously worked for Carglass Sweden, whose parent company … Continue reading

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CDC Updates COVID-19 Checklist for Construction Employers

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

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Jack’s Glass Inc. Uses Deer to Its Advantage

Jack’s Glass Inc., headquartered in Allentown, Pa., took to none other than social media to market their services to consumers involving a certain animal that could wreak havoc on a windshield. President and owner, Donna Braden, mentioned that deer are … Continue reading

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Miles Driven Shows Less Drivers are Getting Behind The Wheel

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 10.3%, or 28.1 billion vehicle miles, for December 2020, compared to December 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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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Texas

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Amarillo, Texas. This location operated as a collision repair center at a dealership, according to the company. “We are eager to welcome this high-performing … Continue reading

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Only 100 Days Until the Industry’s Most Popular Event.

Are YOU registered for Auto Glass Week™? Auto Glass Week™ (AGW), June 7-9, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is the only event that offers the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Two Repair Centers in Ohio

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Ohio. These locations previously operated as Frankie & Dylan’s Complete Collision & Custom Repair, originating in Mentor, Ohio in 1995 and expanding to Streetsboro, … Continue reading

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Conference Keynote Will Have You Rethinking Your Communication Skills

Does your body language speak louder than your words? Do you know how best to present yourself with your peers, customers, and supervisors? To help answer these questions, Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) has scheduled a dynamic presenter who will provide … Continue reading

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Best Glass Donates $30,000 to Celebrate 30 Years in Business

Best Glass, located in Phoenix, Ariz., was founded in 1991 with the intention of providing a greater level of service than was currently available in the Greater Phoenix area, according to the company. Best Glass started out by providing only … Continue reading

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Sunroof Issue Sparks New Recall

BMW recently issued a recall that impacts roughly 14,000 of its 2020 and 2021 228i and M235i vehicle models because of sunroof issues. This issue according to the vehicle manufacturer, stems from the vehicles lack of compliance with a certain … Continue reading

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Fix Auto Has a New Location in Strathmore

Chris Peterson, Western Canada Fix Network regional vice president, welcomed Fix Auto Strathmore into the network. The company notes that the new shop strengthens its footprint in Alberta. The new shop is the third Fix Auto location established by owner-operators … Continue reading

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Looking for that Competitive Advantage? Attend Auto Glass Week™.

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is your one-stop-shop to enhance your business skills, gain industry insight and make valuable connections. This year’s conference, June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will be a powerful experience that offers … Continue reading

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Ford Issues Windshield Adhesion Recall

Ford Motor Company (Ford) recently issued a safety recall for select truck models. According to the company, the affected vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards because the front windshields are inadequately bonded to the vehicle body … Continue reading

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Classic Collision Acquires Orlando’s Supercenter Auto Body Repair

Classic Collision, LLC, (Classic Collision) which is based in Atlanta, Ga., announced it acquired both Orlando’s Supercenter Auto Body Repair locations in Orlando, Fla. According to the company, it now has 20 Florida locations and operates 62 centers total in … Continue reading

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PPI: January 2021 Shows Rise in Industry Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in January 2021, 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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AGRR Editorial Director Delivers First Novel

AGRR editorial director Tara Taffera isn’t all about auto glass. Taffera recently completed her first novel, Love Ordained, which has been published by Winged Publications. The book is available in print and on Kindle at Amazon.com. Completed in March 2020, … Continue reading

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LKQ Posts Positive Financials for Fourth Quarter and Full Year; Poised for Growth

LKQ Corp. reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results today showing some revenue decreases, but the company is still positive despite the “headwinds faced throughout 2020.” In fact, some of the gains posted were company records. LKQ reports that it was … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in South Carolina

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Columbia, S.C. This location operated as Jimmy Rivers Body & Paint Shop for more than five decades, according to the company. “We are eager … Continue reading

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Discount Auto Glass New Fort Smith Location

Discount Auto Glass announced it will be opening an 11th location in Fort Smith, Ark., in March 2021. The company was founded in 1999 as a wholesale glass company and now operates as a hybrid. Discount Auto Glass has locations in … Continue reading

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Succeeding with the Automated Driving Journey Through AI

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Amica Insurance Reports Continued Financial Stability, Premium Relief Programs in 2020

Amica Mutual Insurance Company (Amica) reported continued financial stability in 2020, a year in which it returned nearly $90 million to customers for COVID-19 premium relief. Amica CEO, president and chairman, Robert A. DiMuccio, announced the results during the company’s … Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Government’s Latest Aid Efforts

As businesses continue to struggle from the effects of COVID-19, there are Government funding options available, as the Economic Aid Act was signed into law on December 27th, 2020. It includes an expanded employee retention tax credit, and round 2 … Continue reading

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Fix Auto USA Celebrates 10th Anniversary Milestone

Fix Auto USA is celebrating its 10th anniversary of business. It was founded by collision repair visionaries Erick and Shelly Bickett, who launched their franchise system in 2011, led by Paul Gange, according to the company. Their goal was to … Continue reading

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Ranger Design Expands Fleet Upfit Solutions for Clients

“For over 30 years, Ranger Design has grown its position as an industry leader in van solution manufacturing for small and large fleets,” said Peter Young, business development head. “We now look to build on our success with an eye … Continue reading

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Consumer Protection Coalition, National Insurance Crime Bureau Take on AOB Auto Glass Abuse

Working together, the Consumer Protection Coalition (CPC) and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) have released two new video public service announcements (PSAs) warning consumers about Assignment of Benefits (AOB) auto glass fraud and abuse. Available in English and Spanish, the … Continue reading

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Fix Auto UK Announces Apprentice Program

Fix Auto UK is launching nine apprentices in The Fix Auto UK 2021 Apprentice Program Powered by Sherwin-Williams® through its Automotive Finishes Division, which is sponsored by the global coatings partner for the first time, according to the company. These … Continue reading

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Webinars Provide Quality Content Plus a Sneak Peek to Auto Glass Week™

Industry veterans gearing up for Auto Glass Week™, and others considering attendance, should mark their calendars for the upcoming AGW Preview Day Seminar Series Webinars. These educational webinars will provide value to your business and make a wonderful addition to … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens ‘Primed and Ready’ for ADAS Insurance Industry Requirements

Auto Windscreens is ‘primed and ready’ for the introduction of new ‘Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) equipped vehicles’, expected to come into force on March 31. Thatcham Research (Thatcham), a not … Continue reading

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Caliber Named by Forbes as Best Large Employer

Caliber Collision was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers for 2021, which was released today. Five hundred large employers that received the most recommendations made the cut from 50,000 employees in 25 different industries who were asked … Continue reading

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Danlaw Teams Up with NextDroid to Support ADAS Development

Danlaw, Inc. (Danlaw) and NextDroid, Inc. (NextDroid) have joined forces to expand advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) development and validation activities. The advancement and complexity of ADAS and AV features require data from numerous vehicle sensors, … Continue reading

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Auto Windscreens Set to Welcome 100th Apprentice

UK windscreen repair and replacement company, Auto Windscreens, has recruited 99 technician and call center apprentices since 2016 and is set to welcome its 100th following National Apprenticeship Week. The business currently has 28 apprentices on its ALEX program, which … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Safety Hearing Held in Maryland House of Delegates

Maryland’s House Environment and Transportation Committee meeting had an in-depth auto glass discussion as several industry members weighed in on HB 519, which would require those installing auto glass in the state to follow the AGRSS Standard. “House Bill 519 … Continue reading

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NSG Sees Positive Notes in Q3 with Auto Glass Division

NSG Group reported it is recovering from the decline it faced in mid-2020, largely due to COVID-19, in its third quarter consolidated financial report. According to the company, economic activity continues to be impacted significantly by the pandemic, although a … Continue reading

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Glass Doctor Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s 42nd Annual Franchise 500

Glass Doctor®, a Neighborly® company, recently ranked first overall in the glass repair category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 listing. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, Franchise 500 selected Glass Doctor for its outstanding performance in areas including … Continue reading

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Fix Network Opens Its First-Ever Supercenter

Fix Network regional vice president – Quebec, Yves Roy, recently announced the opening of the company’s first-ever supercenter in Montreal and the third one in Canada. The new supercenter is called Supercenter Auto Fix Iberville-Rosemont, and is located in the … Continue reading

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Safelite Hires a New Content Marketing Specialist

Joshua Stevenson took to –where else?– social media and announced that he has been named a content marketing specialist for the Safelite Auto Glass. “I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my life with Safelite as we … Continue reading

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National Windscreens Gets New Sales and Marketing Head

National Windscreens recently announced that Simon Hunt has joined its team as the head of sales and marketing. Hunt brings a wide background within the automotive and fleet sector, including head of sales roles at both AA DriveTech and BCA. … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Donates $50,000 to Collision Programs through Collision Repair Education Foundation

Gerber Collision & Glass (Gerber), a division of the Boyd Group Inc., donated $50,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in support of the organization’s efforts to support high school and college collision programs, students, and instructors nationwide. Gerber … Continue reading

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The PipeKnife Company Adds New Technical Expert

The PipeKnife Company recently announced that Jeffrey J Witters has joined the team as a product engineer. He will focus on the line of ClearView aftermarket defrosters. Witters has served in multiple engineering, research and development, e-commerce, sales and marketing … Continue reading

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Steep Decline for all Regions in Latest Miles Driven Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.1%, or 28.9 billion vehicle miles, for November 2020, compared to November 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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Auto Glass Companies Named in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Ranking

Entrepreneur Magazine recently released its 42nd annual list of top 500 franchises, and five companies related to the auto glass industry landed a spot this year—Matco Tools, MacTools, Novus Glass, Ziebart and Glass Doctor. No. 50 – Matco Tools Initial … Continue reading

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Novus Glass Takes Automotive Glass Franchise Top Ranking

Novus Glass has taken the number one ranking for Auto Glass Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2021 Annual Franchise 500 listing. The company also came in fourth for automotive service franchise, and 140th for overall franchise. Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 listing … Continue reading

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General Motors Aims to Transform the Auto Insurance Industry with OnStar Insurance

General Motors (GM) announced it will take its customer experience one step further with OnStar Insurance. GM’s insurance agency, OnStar Insurance Services, will be the exclusive agent for OnStar Insurance, according to the company. “OnStar Insurance will promote safety, security … Continue reading

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CIECA Announces New Board of Trustees Officers and 2020 Award Recipients

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced its newly elected officers for 2021 and the recipients of the 2020 CIECA Awards during a virtual board meeting held earlier this month. The 2021 CIECA board of trustees officers include: Past … Continue reading

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Fix Network World Adds 60 New Locations in 2020

Despite the pandemic, Fix Network World has steadily grown the footprint of its collision, glass and mechanical business which includes Fix Auto, ProColor Collision, NOVUS Glass, Speedy Auto Service and SRP, according to the company. In 2020, the network added … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires Repair Center in Michigan

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced that it has acquired a collision repair center in Wyandotte, Mich. This location previously operated as Eureka Body & Fender and has serviced the market for 47 years. Located in southeastern … Continue reading

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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, June 7 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 June. 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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Orlando and Host Hotels are Prepared and Thriving!

Orlando venues are continuously updating their safety measure to be prepared and ready to receive eager attendees. Theme parks, attractions, hotels and restaurants are implementing health and safety protocols across the city. Orlando provides wide-open spaces for entertainment and outdoor … 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 June’s Auto Glass Week™ will have two ways to attend—in person or from home.  The three day live event takes place June 7-9, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL. “Both the OCCC and … 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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