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Advanced driver assistance systems result in fewer claims and reduce insurers loss costs by up to 23%, according to a paper by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Click here to read more.
Car break-in victims may feel their vehicles are generally safer parked in a garage than on San Francisco streets, but that no longer is true. Smash-and-grabs are also happening in parking garages. Click here to read more.
The automaker and Purdue University are co-developing a charging cable for use with high-power charging stations that could recharge an electric vehicle’s battery in the same time it takes to fill a gas tank, which typically takes about five minutes. … Continue reading
Garth Noye feels lucky to be alive after a major fire and massive explosion rocked a Midland commercial area Wednesday morning. Noye, who works at Speedy Auto Glass, was one of the dozens of onlookers, who watched as fire crews from … Continue reading
A protest was held in Livonia over changes in auto insurance put into place by no-fault insurance reform and a proposal for refunds that protestors say should help catastrophic accident victims. Click here to view video.
Scams such as ghost broking have been claimed to be on the rise, as fraudsters take advantage of motorists returning to their former driving habits. Ghost broking is when fraudsters pose as insurance brokers in order to sell counterfeit policies. … Continue reading
A Phoenix police officer avoided injury Wednesday when a teenage suspect shot through the windshield of his unmarked police car, authorities said. The Phoenix Police Department posted a short video clip Friday from inside the car, showing glass shattering. Click here … Continue reading
Auto Windscreens’ contract with Pilkington, part of the global NSG Group, has been renegotiated and extended. Following an ongoing six-year relationship, Pilkington will continue to supply glass to the company’s 70-plus service centers throughout the United Kingdom. Pilkington’s focus on … Continue reading
National Windscreens has taken steps to further its environmental and sustainability objectives across its business, analyzing details to minimize carbon emissions. A focus on environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) is playing out across the United Kingdom economy, not least against … Continue reading
Motional, the autonomous vehicle company that is a $4 billion joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, announced the city in which it would launch its fully driverless robotaxi service in 2023, and surprise, surprise, it’s Las Vegas. Click here to … Continue reading
Apple hasn’t been all that vocal about its electric car project, but according to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker is hiring Tesla’s Autopilot software engineer to work on its EVs. Sources close to the matter told Bloomberg that Apple scooped up … Continue reading
Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States. Click here to read more.
A 16-year-old is facing charges after he took part in more than 50 car break-ins, according to Forsyth County deputies. Click here to read more.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a new, tougher side crash test to address higher-speed crashes that continue to cause fatalities. In the first tests of 2020-21 vehicles, only one out of 20 small SUVs, the 2021 Mazda … Continue reading
The board tasked with setting and managing personal injury protection fees paid by Michigan drivers is supporting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent request to issue refunds. Click here to read more.
Self-Driving Cars Will Eventually be Safer Than Those Driven by People, Says Chinese Search Engine Giant Baidu
Baidu, China’s dominant search engine and artificial intelligence company, has mounted a rigorous defense of autonomous driving, pledging it will eventually be safer than conventional driving. Click here to read more.
Vaccine Rule for Larger Employers, Federal Contractors and Certain Health Care Workers to Take Effect January 4
The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4. Click here to read more.
A driver traveling through Taylorsville had an unsettling surprise hit her windshield while on I-215. Utah Highway Patrol says the woman was traveling on the interstate when a chunk of concrete “came out of nowhere” and shattered her windshield. The … Continue reading
Shortages are becoming a seemingly popular issue these days, and now if you need your windshield or car door replaced, be prepared to wait months glass is becoming harder to find and more expensive to purchase. Click here to read … Continue reading
GlassBYTEs.com would like to honor veterans who work in the auto glass industry, including auto glass shop owners, and express our appreciation for their service. We would like to highlight their service in the military and in the industry with … Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 94% of traffic accidents are caused by driver error and the leading cause of these is recognition mistakes. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) can help decrease accidents, injuries, and fatalities by reducing these … Continue reading
Lakewood police and West Metro Fire rescue are reminding drivers to secure their loads following a close call involving an ambulance. Thursday afternoon, firefighter-paramedics AJ Kallwheit and Chelsea Martinez were driving east on Sixth Avenue near Carr Street when they say … Continue reading
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to deliver refund checks to every Michigander with auto insurance. It would be part of the auto insurance reform signed into law back in 2019, according to a news … Continue reading
An arrested drunk driver ended up breaking glass in a state police cruiser. State police said they saw 31-year-old Angela Negron from Columbia driving erratically on Interstate 395 in Montville. Click here to read more.
Most of today’s cars come standard with advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and Tesla is no exception. The technology has improved over the years, and now some of it is required by safety organizations for vehicles to earn top ratings. This is … Continue reading
Supply chain issues are plaguing consumers and business owners alike as the holiday season begins. Now you can add glass to the long list of materials bitten by the shortages and delays impacting the economy. Click here to read more. … Continue reading
A man who went on a window-smashing spree in Nelson caused “absolute carnage” for innocent vehicle owners, a judge said. Hlaing Nyein Aung, 18, appeared before the Nelson District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to multiple charges on … Continue reading
Authorities are investigating after a fire started at an auto repair shop Thursday morning in west Oklahoma City. No injuries were reported. Click here to read more.
Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng released updates for its semi-autonomous driving system as its looks to up its challenge to Tesla in China. Xpeng released Xpilot 3.5, the latest version of its advanced driver-assistance system, or ADAS. This refers to a driving … Continue reading
Anti-theft devices can help drivers reduce the risk of having their cars stolen. Most new vehicles come equipped with some form of anti-theft device. Drivers who own older vehicles can make their cars safer by installing one or more anti-theft … Continue reading
VIDEO: Highway 17 was closed for over an hour between Summit Road and Sugarloaf Road due to police activity Saturday afternoon. Da Lin reports from Scotts Valley. Click here to view video.
According to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, wholesale used car and truck prices rose 8.3% in the first 15 days of October compared to September. Going into 2022, AutoNation (AN) CEO Mike Jackson believes demand for vehicles will not abate anytime … Continue reading
Many technologists and automotive experts are cheering a Cummings appointment to NHTSA. But an extremely online community of Tesla fans is furious. A couple of hours after the news broke, Omar Qazi, a Tesla booster with a large online following, tweeted, “If they try … Continue reading
Tesla’s new insurance product—based on “real-time driving behavior”—could help drivers save money, the company claims. Click here to read more.
Gather ’round all, because it’s SEMA concept time once again. This year, Stellantis is going above and beyond with seven concepts for the wildly popular aftermarket show, the company announced Friday, and the two best ones of the bunch are both Jeeps. … Continue reading
Speaking on his weekly MoneySavingExpert ITV show, the finance guru urged drivers to take advantage of the so-called 21-day rule. Martin said: “The 21-day rule is if you’re coming up for renewal, that is the sweet spot to get your … Continue reading
San Francisco will give out cash awards of up to $100,000 for information about the ringleaders of high-level auto burglaries — in yet another push to battle crime in a city marked by attention-grabbing vehicle smash and grabs, home break-ins … Continue reading
NYPD Cop Fires Taser into Car Window Before it Gets Away by Driving Over the Hood of a Parked Police Car in Brooklyn
Police are searching for a man who drove over the hood of a cop car that was parked next to him after an officer fired a Taser at him. Click here to read more.
Autel U.S., a developer and distributor of automotive diagnostic products, announced it has moved into its new offices in Port Washington, N.Y. Autel U.S. is the U.S. subsidiary of China-based Autel Intelligent Technology Corp. Autel U.S. purchased the 50,720 square … Continue reading
The National Windshield Repair Division of the Auto Glass Safety Council is inviting new members to the new ANSI/AGSC/NWRD Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard 002 (ROLAGS 2) Committee. Those in automotive glass repair technicians, windshield repair companies, windshield repair … Continue reading
Having a vanishing deductible helps take the sting out of filing an auto insurance claim because you’ll pay less of your own money toward repairs. But you usually have to pay for a vanishing deductible feature and they vary by … Continue reading
Multiple people in Columbus are outraged following multiple car break-ins in their neighborhoods. One man tells News Leader 9 it’s happened to him five times since moving to his home. Click here to read more.
The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Sycamore, Ill. This repair center has operated as Hayes Body Shop for 36 years and is located off Route 23, the main roadway between Sycamore and DeKalb, … Continue reading
Caliber, a U.S. collision service provider with nearly 1,400 locations in 39 states, will acquire up to 17 collision repair centers from AutoNation during the fourth quarter of 2021. The transaction includes a long-term agreement for AutoNation to refer collision … Continue reading
State police in Connecticut shared dramatic images of a tree branch that smashed through the front windshield of a vehicle as a powerful Nor’easter pushed through the region Wednesday. Police said the incident happened just after 7 a.m. on Interstate … Continue reading
When it comes time to replace your wiper blades, you’re likely spoiled for choice. With so many different models to look for and technologies to consider, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are several key factors to home in … Continue reading
Omega EDI has announced the launch of repair procedures integrated with its auto glass software, including procedures orginally published in Auto Glass Journal. The procedures include photos, diagrams, and helpful tips for removing and installing over 3,800 part/vehicle combinations and … Continue reading
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software lived up to its “beta” label this weekend. On Saturday morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a delay for the 10.3 update after internal quality-assurance testers discovered that the new version performed worse at left turns … Continue reading
The cost to insure a vehicle is on the rise, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This brought the 2021 U.S. average to $1,451 per year, or a premium of $121 per month, according to the latest … Continue reading
Brown Deer police are looking for suspects after more than 50 cars were broken into during the overnight hours from Sunday, Oct. 24, through Monday, Oct. 25. Click here to read more.
An ag pilot has walked away unscathed after an ibis smashed through the windscreen of his spray plane that was traveling at close to 300 kilometers per hour. Click here to read more.
There will be cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday but no driver in sight as racing teams mark a milestone in autonomous vehicle development. Nine single-seaters will take part in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a competition with … Continue reading
A stretch of Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County was briefly closed Saturday after windows on two vehicles, including a California Highway Patrol cruiser, were shattered, officers said. Click here to read more.
The situation in which employers find it hard to hire and the supply chain crisis forces businesses to hike prices is likely to persist for at least 6 to 12 months, one bank chief said. Click here to read more.
HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng, publicized a flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on roads. The company says it plans a rollout in 2024. The car is not yet commercially available. … Continue reading
Uniban Canada, a provider of automotive glass repair, replacement and calibration, announced the opening of UniglassPlus Barrie located in Barrie, Ontario. Basam Betou, owner of UniglassPlus Barrie, holds more than two decades of auto glass repair industry experience. “The customer … Continue reading
San Francisco is moving to stem a scourge of auto break-ins by joining with private businesses to offer cash rewards for information on the fencing operations moving the stolen goods. Click here to read more.
This month is the 18th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States, sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance. This year’s theme is again “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Being Cyber … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Medina and North Ridgeville, Ohio. The repair centers previously operated as South of the Square Collision Center, originating in Medina in 1999 and expanding to the North … Continue reading
An IUPUI student was southbound on I-465 under the 56th Street overpass on Indy’s northeast late last Friday afternoon when something fell out of the sky and hit his car. Click here to read more.
A 41-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he threw a rock at a school bus that was transporting ten children. On Tuesday, October 19 around 4:00 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on Pecan Road in Ocala in … Continue reading
Zoox, the autonomous vehicle company owned by Amazon, said it will test its vehicles on the hilly, rain-drenched streets of Seattle. The company also plans on opening an office there in 2022. Click here to read more.
The Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands announced plans Monday to produce electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model. Click here to read more.
In a sign that drivers are increasingly embracing battery electric models, sales of the Porsche Taycan surpassed those of the company’s influential, high performance 911 series, according to numbers the company released Friday. Click here to read more.
When its Chinese parent company invited all the managers of Phoenix Paper in Wickliffe, Kentucky, to visit China prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one manager, an American, was fearful. After he returned to the U.S., he told people that the … Continue reading
While Washington stopped entertaining the idea of a fourth stimulus check, advocates and at least one state are still pushing car insurance companies to hand you some COVID-19 cash. Click here to read more.
The 2022 Forte compact sedan arrives with a host of enhancements including new front and rear design elements, a newly available 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display1, and an expanded suite of new and upgraded Drive Wise ADAS technology2. Click here to … Continue reading
A windshield weighing some 90 kilograms fell off from an F-2 fighter jet of the Air Self-Defense Force when it was flying over the city of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. According to the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff … Continue reading
President Biden on Wednesday addressed ongoing supply chain problems as major retailers warn of shortages and price hikes during the upcoming holiday season. The White House says plans are in place to increase capacity at major California ports and with … Continue reading
More people are reporting seeing and hitting deer while on their daily commute. PennDOT is issuing a warning to drivers: keep on the look out for deer crossings. Here in the state of Pennsylvania, you have a one in 52 … Continue reading
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is warning drivers nationwide not to over-rely on advanced safety systems in cars, like automatic braking and lane assist systems, during inclement weather. New research from the organization found that heavy rain affects safety features … Continue reading
It’s almost SEMA time, and that means carmakers are concocting all sorts of wild builds for the aftermarket show. This year, Toyota is building a vehicle they’ve dubbed the Tacozilla. It’s an odd name, because while it should conjure images … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Brighton, Mich. This repair center has operated as Campbell Collision since 1969. Brighton is approximately 45 miles northwest of Detroit and 50 miles southeast of Lansing. “We … Continue reading
Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxi Struggles with Left Turns and Puddles. But it’s Still Winning Over Some Arizona Riders
Waymo says its self-driving vans have given tens of thousands of rides since the company launched a public robotaxi service in Chandler, Arizona a year ago. CNN Business tested Waymo’s service this month and spoke with eight Waymo customers who … Continue reading
A man driving in southwestern Michigan was killed on Tuesday when a deer crashed through the windshield of his car, authorities said. The Zeeland man was driving in Ottawa County’s Zeeland Township at about 8:30 in the morning when his … Continue reading
More than a half dozen car windows smashed out at an Atlanta dialysis center. Workers at the Emory Dialysis Center on Northside Drive tell FOX 5 it happened at around 5 Thursday morning. Click here to read more.
Uniban, a provider of automotive glass repair and replacement, celebrated the opening of UniglassPlus Markham located in Markham, Ontario. The location is owned by Vatche Najarian. His father opened his collision repair center in 1989, allowing him to grow up … Continue reading
Allstate announced it will sell its longtime headquarters near Chicago as 95 percent of its employees continue to work from home during the pandemic. After 54 years in the Northbrook, Ill., building, the insurance company told its employees on Friday … Continue reading
A hail storm that passed through Norman on Sunday left behind damage in the area, including at local stores. Viewers shared many videos and pictures of the hail that fell Sunday evening in Norman. Some of the pictures showed that … Continue reading
The United States may already have a powerful military force, but that does not mean Uncle Sam has to stop building up its muscles. In fact, the U.S. Army recently took the veil off the UH-60V—the newest variant of the … Continue reading
Before you read any further, take a long, slow, deep breath. Congratulations! If you’re sitting in a typical American home, office building, or school, about 3 percent of the air you breathed in recently came out of the lungs of … Continue reading
Tesla will launch its own brand of auto insurance in Texas this week, founder Elon Musk said during a October 7 shareholders call addressing the company’s headquarters relocation from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas. In January the state insurance department … Continue reading
Electric vehicles are here, but the part of our futuristic world that sees us being driven around in these cars without any human input remains a tricky thing to perfect. Nevertheless, autonomous vehicles and “robotaxis” are coming. Germany is getting … Continue reading
Organizers said Thursday that there are still too many “uncertainties” related to the pandemic and the shortage for automakers to commit to the show, which usually serves as a showcase for wild supercars, concepts, and prototypes. The hope is to … Continue reading
Some states are continuing with payments for those in and out of work this year. There has already been three proper stimulus checks sent out in the 18 months, and only really California can afford to keep up a similar … Continue reading
It’s a well-known fact that electric vehicles need big glass roofs. It’s an integral part of the EV design, and they just don’t work right without them. The Mustang Mach-E has one! Okay, bad example. The Tesla Model Y has … Continue reading
German carmaker Mercedes Benz has adopted LG Electronics’ front-facing cameras that will be connected to driving assistance systems. The cameras will help cars collect on-road information for various kinds of assistant features, such as automatic emergency braking. Click here to … Continue reading
Tesla HQ is getting a new home. “I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” CEO Elon Musk said Thursday during a Tesla shareholders meeting. Click here to read more.
Parents and officials in the Washington County School District are concerned after a bus windshield was badly damaged as part of what could be a Tik Tok challenge. Click here to read more.
On Tuesday, a driver in Johnson County had a close call when a piece of unsecured wood fell off a passing semi-trailer and pierced her windshield, missing her by inches. Click here to read more.
Millions of California drivers are due refunds on their car insurance premiums, the state’s insurance commissioner said on Wednesday. Click here to read more.
After years of teases, General Motors is finally pulling the curtain back on its next-generation “hands-free” driver-assist technology. Dubbed Ultra Cruise, the new system uses sensors like cameras, radars, and lidar to control a vehicle’s steering, acceleration and braking. GM … Continue reading
Young men are particularly likely to fall victim to fraudsters selling fake car insurance, according to police figures. From January to August 2021, Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime center, received 351 reports of “ghost broking.” Click here to … Continue reading
Email is a critical marketing tool. Research firm Statistica reports that, in 2020, about 306 billion emails were sent and received every day worldwide, and this figure is projected to increase to more than 376 billion daily emails within the … Continue reading
When Ford became the first automaker to offer a factory-issued police package in 1950, it solidified itself as the face of the police cruiser. The Blue Oval’s logo—which was actually a crest back then—is still the first thing that most … Continue reading
The phrase “asleep at the wheel” could soon lose all meaning as Tesla and other automakers push self-driving cars closer to reality. CEO Elon Musk says select Tesla drivers could get their hands on “full self-driving” software as early as … Continue reading
Previously, the car’s 68-year-old petrol engine would have masked most other sounds. But driving beside the Thames in London all you can hear are a few creaks, and the revving of motorbikes and other traffic passing by. Click here to … Continue reading
Surging vehicle repair and replacement costs will significantly slash underwriting margins of the country’s car and truck insurance providers as claims rebound to pre-pandemic levels, a new report by market intelligence firm S&P Global has revealed. Click here to read … Continue reading
Foxconn Technology Group’s planned purchase of embattled startup Lordstown Motors Corp.’s auto plant in Ohio may make it a stronger contender to assemble cars for Apple Inc., but success with the endeavor is far from guaranteed. Click here to read … Continue reading
Alphabet’s Waymo and GM’s Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services
The California Department of Motor Vehicles approved autonomous vehicle deployment permits for GM-backed Cruise and Alphabet’s Waymo on Thursday. It allows the companies to charge a fee and receive compensation for autonomous services offered to the public, such as ride-hailing, … Continue reading
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia or Mississippi… is your state on the updated list for October? We’ve got updates from all the states handing out economic help. Click here to read more.
In anticipation of the 2021 SEMA Show, take a walk down memory lane and check out AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs’ coverage of the 2013 SEMA Show. YouTube Link.
The Boyd Group Inc. announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Erie, Pa. This repair center operated as Jensen’s Target Collision for the past 72 years. Erie is the fifth largest city in Pennsylvania and the primary city … Continue reading
Guardian Automotive, an auto glass solutions provider, has rebranded as Glavista. The transition follows nearly a year of planning and means the company—now independent from Guardian—moves forward with a new identity. Glavista’s new name was revealed on September 23 during … Continue reading
The use of glass in the automotive industry is increasing in the exterior and interior, according to Glaston. New functionalities, glass types and safety requirements increase processing complexity and quality requirements. Glaston has closed a deal for an automotive solution … Continue reading
2021 SEMA Show attendees can expect an indoor face mask requirement during the event on November 2-5, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nev. The projected health and safety requirement is based on current COVID-19 indicators and trends in Clark County, Nev., … Continue reading
A wider group of Tesla owners who paid up to $10,000 for what the company calls its “full self-driving” software can now ask the automaker for access to a test version of the feature. But they’ll first have to show … Continue reading
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer had his feathers ruffled after a scary accident last week when a vulture smashed into his patrol car windshield while he was driving on a highway. Click here to read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every industry in some way. Now, there is a shortage on glass to fix car windshields and home windows. Alabama Glass Magic said not only is it dealing with a shortage on glass, prices … Continue reading
Adding a novice driver to your auto insurance plan is bound to hike the price you pay – but in some U.S. cities, it can cost parents more money. Two parents who add a 16-year-old to their full-coverage auto insurance … Continue reading
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that mandates all light-duty autonomous vehicles in the state to produce zero emissions, reports Tech Crunch. The law would take effect in 2030. Click here to read more.
The average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has been rising for decades as cars grow ever more durable — and expensive. Click here to read more.
Push to get the services you must have before Friday. If you need tax assistance, a regulatory approval, advice on a project or a loan from the SBA, reach out to those agencies now before they close. Click here to … Continue reading
GEICO is set to raise auto insurance rates in Illinois by more than 6% on average – one of its highest rate increases in the state in the last six years. Click here to read more.
Tesla Drivers Can Now Request Full Self-Driving Beta With the Press of a Button, Despite Safety Concerns
Electric vehicle maker Tesla rolled out a long-awaited software update Friday night that allows customers to request access to its controversial Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software. Click here to read more.
Video of the aftermath of a manhole blast Saturday morning in Edgewater shows a car’s roof and windshield destroyed and the manhole sitting on the dashboard. Click here to read more.
• 2022 will be the largest to date • Plans include exciting new events and competitions • Great sponsorship, leadership, certification and networking opportunities Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is the only event dedicated to the original equipment and aftermarket auto … Continue reading
From humble beginnings in Detroit, Mich., in 1932, to expanding with facilities in Llodio, Spain and Karlsruhe, Germany, nearly a year of planning means Guardian Automotive is now Glavista. Glavista began as Guardian Automotive manufacturing windshields from 1932 to 1984. … Continue reading
Auto Windscreens, a Chesterfield, United Kingdom-based windshield repair and replacement company, is celebrating after winning the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ category at the Sheffield City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2021 last night. Held for the fourth time at the Hilton … Continue reading
Honda launched the all-new 2022 Civic Hatchback as the latest member of the redesigned 11th generation Civic range, with a host of new safety features including an upgraded advanced driver-assist system suite. Click here to read more.
With couples again tying the knot as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and some looking to break tradition on the path to the “new normal,” a UK-based company called Scrap Car Comparison has come up with a way for ardent suitors to … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Shreveport, La. The repair center has operated as Crown Collision in Shreveport, the third-largest city in Louisiana, since 2017. “We welcome this cohesive team … Continue reading
Fix Network, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, welcomed Speedy Auto Service Chateauguay to its family, expanding its reach in Quebec. Located on 81 Boulevard Saint Jean Baptiste, Speedy Auto Service Chateauguay is … Continue reading
UniglassPlus/Ziebart, an automotive glass and protection provider, partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to bring meals to those in need. From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2021, UniglassPlus/Ziebart locations across Canada will donate one nutritious breakfast for every rust protection … Continue reading
If you’ve had your car broken into recently or a business window vandalized, chances are you know how difficult it is to get that glass repaired. Click here to read more.
Tesla Insurance is poised to launch in Texas next month and New York in 2022, according to CEO Elon Musk, who gave additional details regarding the electric automaker’s insurance initiative on Twitter last night. Click here to read more.
FedEx on Wednesday launched a new initiative that will test autonomous truck routes between Dallas and Houston. Click here to read more.
PGW Auto Glass aimed to assist Louisiana after Hurricane Ida’s destructive landfall. Last week, the North American distributor donated a portion of its New Orleans branch sales to the American Red Cross. “With the help and support of our customers, … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced its acquisition of a collision repair center in Burbank, Ill. This repair center operated as Millennium Auto Sales & Repair, providing services in this market since 2005. Burbank is approximately 15 minutes … Continue reading
Owners of affected vehicles will have their windshields reinstalled and panoramic roofs glued properly at Ford dealers . . . The first recall (Manufacturer Recall Number 21C22) concerns 3,178 units sold in Canada. On these vehicles, the windshield may not … Continue reading
By the end of this week, potentially thousands of Tesla owners will be testing out the automaker’s newest version of its “Full Self-Driving” beta software, version 10.0.1, on public roads, even as regulators and federal officials investigate the safety of … Continue reading
A 10-day window opens Monday for applications for a new state program that offers grants to Minnesota-owned small businesses that suffered economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.
If the pandemic changed where you work, you may be able to get some auto insurance savings. If your commute ended or it’s now only a couple days a week—or you have always worked from home—you might benefit from pay-per-mile … Continue reading
China Rolls out Autonomous Driving Standards as Carmakers Work Towards Making Self-Driving a Reality
China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will come into force in March, providing a benchmark for carmakers to develop the futuristic technology. Click here to read more.
When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in late 2019, Elon Musk brought out a prototype of the vehicle that featured flat panels everywhere, from its thick steel body to its massive glass components. The truck’s windshield was a great example of … Continue reading
Mercedes presented in Munich a series of impressive innovations, including five fully electric vehicles, and the AVTR a car that drives with thoughts. Click here to read more.
The average price Americans pay for a new car has set a new record for five consecutive months. It’s likely to climb still higher this month. We can cite all the usual culprits — supply shortages, an economic recovery, people … Continue reading
It is fairly rare for Tesla to produce marketing videos about its technology outside of actual special events, but the automaker decided to release one today about ‘Tesla Glass’. Click here to read more.
The fast-spreading delta variant is so contagious, it’s exposed weaknesses in vaccine protection and changed the outlook for ending the pandemic, Moderna President Stephen Hoge said late Wednesday. Click here to read more.
New car owners love their Porsches and their Dodges. But nearly all new car owners are infatuated with their new cars, and mass-market brands are catching up to luxury automakers in appeal. Click here to read more.
ProColor Collision Markville began full-scale operations in Canada this week. Formerly known as Markville Repair, the new facility reflects owner Mario Blandizzi’s 50-year association with the collision repair industry. “My older brother got me into this business,” Blandizzi says. “I … Continue reading
Walmart is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to include Ford Motor and Argo AI, an autonomous car start-up backed by the automaker. Click here to read more.
Fix Network recently hosted the graduating class of pre-apprenticeship body technicians from Tropicana Community Services for its first Fix Network ‘Trades Experience Day’ at its Milton facility in Ontario, Canada. Tropicana’s Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer pre-apprenticeship program is … Continue reading
David Zoldowski, who owned Auto One Glass and Accessories with his children, passed away Saturday while sleeping. He was 78. Zoldowski lived in Oceola Township, MI, and was a strong advocate for independent glass companies. He served in the leadership … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Ankeny, Iowa. This marks the company’s entry into its 31st U.S. state. This repair center operated as Smith’s Collision & Paint. Ankeny is a … Continue reading
With 113 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, the PGW Auto Glass family recognizes the importance of coming together, and even more so during disaster. The company will make a financial donation to the American Red Cross to impact Hurricane … Continue reading
Tesla’s insane laser windshield wiper patent has been officially granted by the United States Patent Office this week. Filed in May 2019, the U.S. Patent Office granted the application, giving Tesla an exclusive right for the invention. Click here to … Continue reading
Chinese autonomous driving start-up WeRide has partnered with a top carmaker and delivery company to launch a self-driving cargo van. Click here to read more.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a gearhead’s dream. The film dives right into action, filling your eyeballs and ears with more high-octane post-apocalyptic vehicular excitement than you can process at once. Its incredible custom cars are just as important as … Continue reading
NOVUS Glass, a provider of automotive glass repair and replacement services, launched a new Canadian location in Hay River, in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Owner Mike King sees the new venture as an opportunity to expand his current tire sales … Continue reading
GEICO is seeking to amend its lawsuit against Leif’s Auto Collision Centers and shop owner Leif Hansen to add allegations of unjust enrichment, and to elaborate on why it is asking the court to allow the insurer to refuse to … Continue reading
Over the decade that was the 2010s, one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas of the trucking industry was the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, which may have started out as the stuff of science fiction but soon … Continue reading
President Biden plans to sign two executive orders requiring all federal executive branch employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with no option for weekly testing for the unvaccinated, three people familiar with the plan told CBS News. Click … Continue reading
The NSG Group announced that their augmented reality (AR), head-up display (HUD) technology will be showcased with the new Mercedes Benz S-Class model. The automotive glass technology features the first HUD display powered by AR, according to the company. The … Continue reading
Tara Taffera, glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine editorial director, launched book two last week in her Christian romance series. Love Unfailing follows Love Ordained, which was published in February 2021. While her first novel was 20 years in the making, this process went … Continue reading
Sales of alternative powered vehicles, while currently representing just 5% of all U.S. light-vehicle sales today, are expected to reach 45% by 2035, according to new SEMA Market Research. Click here to read more.
In President Biden’s vision of a green future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. But something really basic is standing in the way of that plan: enough outlets to plug in all those cars and … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Austin, Texas. This repair center was founded in 1972 and operated as Don’s Paint & Body Shop. Austin is the fourth largest city in … Continue reading
Multinational automaker Volvo was among a group of investors that backed Israeli mobility tech startup Foretellix, a developer of a testing and verification platform for driver assistance and autonomous driving systems. Click here to read more.
Driving on roadways does not come without risks. While most of the time your morning commute to work is uneventful, it is not uncommon for a passing car or truck to throw a rock at your windshield. Click here to … Continue reading
A man was rescued Friday morning after a white Hyundai SUV he was in ended up on its side against a wall on Interstate 95 in northwest Miami-Dade. Click here to read more.
The future of Audi’s design and engineering is previewed by this elegant Grandsphere concept sedan. The second in a trio of concepts to debut in short order, the Grandsphere shares styling elements with the sportier Skysphere coupe, but integrates a … Continue reading
The town of Hinton, in Alberta, is the latest region to join ProColor Collision’s growing footprint in Canada as the collision repair brand reinforces its market presence across the country. Chris Peterson, regional vice-president of Fix Network – Western Canada, … Continue reading
Floods are some of the most common natural disasters to hit the U.S. In many areas, especially the Northeast, coastal flooding has become more frequent. Click here to read more.
Tesla started deliveries of the Model Y in Europe last month, and within a week it became the best-selling vehicle in Norway. Click here to read more.
Police in Wyandotte are searching for a man who struck a vehicle with a bat in a road rage incident. Click here to read more.
The Safelite Group announced Wednesday that Renee Cacchillo will be the auto glass group’s next president and CEO, effective Dec. 6, 2021. Current CEO Tom Feeney will become executive chairperson of Belron North America. Feeney will also assume his new … Continue reading
AirPro Diagnostics, a provider of remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, announced the addition of two industry veterans to its leadership team—Thomas Deacon as national sales director and Brian Evces as national director of strategic accounts. Deacon is … Continue reading
Our catastrophe response team is currently assisting customers following Hurricane Ida. We are committed to handling each customer’s claim, bringing the necessary resources and the largest catastrophe response effort in the industry for the benefit of our customers. Click here … Continue reading
Just a decade and a half ago, the then-CEO of General Motors Co. Rick Wagoner observed to Larry Burns, at the time GM’s head of research and strategy, that not many industries stay the same for a century. But the … Continue reading
A Toyota E-Palette mobility pod struck a visually impaired person using a crosswalk. Now, the vehicles are back online with additional safety measures. Click here to read more.
Many residents and tourists have experienced the glass bottom boat tours at Silver Springs State Park over the years, and while the natural surroundings may be the same as usual, the boat — and the people who are now able … Continue reading
Toyota Suspends Use of Self-Driving Vehicle in Olympic Village After Collision With Paralympic Athlete
A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology. Click here to read more.
It’s still unclear if Tesla will be able to sell cars directly to customers in Texas when a local factory opens, but the company is now looking to become an electricity supplier in the Lone Star State. Click here to … Continue reading
Thousands of cars are expected to be damaged by the flood waters caused by Hurricane Ida in the southeast United States, many beyond repair. Click here to read more.
Imagine buying a new car, at your home computer, in 19 minutes. That’s what MINI, the funky British marque, says is now possible. Click here to read more.
AAPEX and the SEMA Show, the two events that make up the automotive aftermarket industry’s trade gathering during the first week in November, have released information regarding health and safety measures for their respective events in Las Vegas, Nev. • … Continue reading
ADAS technology is increasingly considered strategically vital. That’s why tech giants Magna International Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. have each tendered bids to acquire Swedish Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) specialist Veoneer, Inc. Click here to read more.
Ford’s BlueCruise tech is the American automaker’s entry into Level 2 autonomy. And, despite an ongoing legal battle with GM over the name, on paper, the system is set to bring much-anticipated self-driving possibilities to both present and future Ford … Continue reading
Small businesses in America can still capitalize on the pandemic stimulus program offered by the federal government, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman told Yahoo Finance in a new interview. Click here to read more.
If there is a truly American, rags to riches story in offshore powerboat racing, it is that of the Miss GEICO team, which exited the sport yesterday. That some 14 years ago two relatively unknown powerboat racers—Maryland’s Marc Granet and … Continue reading
NOVUS Glass, an automotive glass repair and replacement brand, has reinforced its presence in Canada with the opening of a location in Quebec’s St-Hyacinthe region. NOVUS Glass St-Hyacinthe marks a milestone in entrepreneur Real Arcand’s aftermarket career. Arcand, who has … Continue reading
Mitchell announced Wednesday, Aug. 25 a collaboration with Inspektlabs that will bring together its advanced claims automation solution, Mitchell Intelligent Estimating, with Inspektlab’s artificial intelligence to automatically generate appraisals for vehicle owners from photos or videos of damaged vehicles. According … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Springfield, Mo. This repair center operated as St. Louis Street Auto Body and served the community since 1965. Located in southwestern Missouri, Springfield is … Continue reading
Avient announced that it has added reclaimed polyvinyl butyral (PVB) from car windshields and laminated architectural glass to its portfolio of reSound R thermoplastics elastomers (TPEs). Click here to read more.
Imperial College London researchers have been working with engineered living materials (ELMs) designed to take advantage of the ability to heal and replenish material innate in biology. Researchers believe ELMs respond to damage sustained in harsh environments using an integrated … Continue reading
Automakers are spending billions of dollars to transition to cleaner and greener battery-powered vehicles, but the new technology has come with an even steeper cost: Reputation-damaging vehicle fires, recalls, sudden power loss and problems getting some of the cars started. … Continue reading
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Fix Network, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, has announced the appointment of Scott Meehan as its regional vice president for the Fix Network Quebec. Meehan joins the company with over 20 years … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in San Diego, Calif. This repair center operated as Qualtech Collision Center, served the market since 1997 and is located near the eastern border of … Continue reading
Green Bay Man Convicted of Hit-and-Run Death in July 2020 Crash That Killed Bicyclist
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As the business world continues to operate nearly a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, The Boyd Group announced Wednesday that sales are up and demand has increased in the U.S. for the company’s services to the point … Continue reading
Fix Auto Calgary Center in Alberta, Canada, is the latest shop to join Fix Network’s array of Canadian locations. Owner Gurveer Randev believes the aftermarket industry has always been a part of his DNA, with his family operating successful automotive … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Round Rock, Texas. This repair center is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Austin by an area with a population of 2.3 million people. … Continue reading
AGRR magazine interviewed Mark Rogers of Mel’s Auto Glass in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the awards ceremony. Youtube Link.
A single-asset secondary transaction is on the table for consideration by Clayton Dubilier & Rice that could garner $4 billion for the Belron Group. Clayton Dubilier’s United Kingdom-based glass repair company, Belron, operates in 40 countries with 27,000 employees working … Continue reading
A class action lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler that settled in September 2020 garnered various responses from car owners who read glassBYTEs.com and continues to do so. According to a judge’s order, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) agreed to pay … Continue reading
Uniban, a provider of automotive glass repair, replacement and calibration, celebrated the opening of eight facilities across Canada in the first half of 2021. Uniban, home to automotive glass repair and replacement brands like UniglassPlus, VitroPlus, Go! Glass and Docteur … Continue reading
Fix Auto, a provider of collision repair services, reinforced its presence across the Atlantic region by welcoming a new location in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Fix Auto Cape Breton, located in the River Bourgeois area of Cape Breton, … Continue reading
K&K Glass announced their business operations are transitioning to auto glass only. Central State Glass will acquire all non-automotive operations from the company. “We have experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and with this growth I feel it … Continue reading
ShowHauler Trucks Inc. (ShowHauler) announced that it is recalling certain 2018-2020 Garage Coach, Motorhome, and Toter Coach vehicles equipped with Hehr 6400 Series Windows. The adhesive that bonds the vented portion of the window may fail. The potential number of … Continue reading
Marelli Automotive Lighting, the lighting division of global automotive supplier Marelli, and Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group (SMRP BV), a manufacturer of interior and exterior components for the automotive industry, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a new … Continue reading
Fix Network World, a global automotive aftermarket franchise network for collision, glass and mechanical repair services, announced the launch of the first six Fix Auto-NOVUS Glass locations across the country. The six new locations—Barcelona North, Arganda del Rey, Leganes, Madrid … Continue reading
Magna International Inc. and Veoneer Inc. announced they entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Magna will acquire Veoneer, a provider of automotive safety technology. Pursuant to the agreement, Magna will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced an agreement to acquire Collision Works of Oklahoma, LLC (“Collision Works”), a multi-store operation consisting of 35 collision repair centers located in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The transaction is expected to be … Continue reading
Caliber, whose automotive service brands include Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, has been recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers. “Caliber is humbled and honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Appleton, Wis. This repair center operated as Peotter’s Collision Center at its current location since 1992. “We welcome the Appleton team to our Gerber … Continue reading
Auto Windscreens, a United Kingdom windscreen repair and replacement company, has reported a 145% increase in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibrations since 2019. Auto Windscreens says it has completed the highest rate of ADAS calibrations ever, with 14% of … Continue reading
After a “protracted dispute” in Germany between Volkswagen AG and Prevent Group, the automaker told the Sixth Circuit that the auto parts maker cannot bring litigation to the U.S. VW and its U.S. unit Volkswagen Group of America Inc. filed … Continue reading
In March, Danielle Leigh Rollinson attended one week of Auto Glass Academy in Georgia, sponsored by Equalizer Industries. “One of the first vehicles that we worked on was a 2000 Cherokee,” Rollinson says. It belonged to a classmate, and, when … Continue reading
Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc., and Light, a leading provider of depth perception for vehicles, have begun “proof of concept” development of a forward-facing perception system for use with advanced driver assistance systems. The two companies will begin to field test … Continue reading
Innovative film technology that allows automotive manufacturers to hide radar sensors behind decorative metallic parts has been developed by AkzoNobel. The radar-transparent bright film means vehicle makers no longer have to worry about hiding sensors behind solid metal. For more … Continue reading
Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Kingston located at 670 Fortune Crescent, Kingston, ON K7P 2T3. James Peach, owner of UniglassPlus Kingston, has over 35 years of industry experience. Originally from Newfoundland, James grew up in his family’s automotive business … Continue reading
Jeep is expanding the availability of Gorilla Glass in models from the JK Wrangler to the Wrangler and the Gladiator. Gorilla Glass, already used in smart phones, makes windshields more resistant to debris and breakage. The glass is ideal for … Continue reading
UniglassPlus and VitroPlus announced that they have raised over $10,000 for Breakfast Club of Canada through its spring windshield repair program. Through the start of spring, UniglassPlus and VitroPlus owners from across the country committed to donating one nutritious breakfast … Continue reading
KKR, a global investment firm, announced that it has agreed to acquire Neighborly® (the “Company”), a provider and franchisor of home service brands, from Harvest Partners. Glass Doctor, a glass replacement, service and repair provider, is a subsidiary of Neighborly. … Continue reading
The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) sent out a ‘legislative alert’ to notify its members of several bills that are under review in Colorado, Massachusetts and Oregon. The organization says the legislation could impact business. Colorado The punishment for certain … Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a new cloud-based recall dashboard to make searching for auto safety recall data easy and efficient. The dashboard offers user-friendly and transparent ways to sort, filter, visualize and export recall data, according … Continue reading
DuPont Mobility & Materials announced that it has won the GM Overdrive Award for its BETASEAL™ 900 EI electrically-isolating sealant in the “Accelerate Innovation” category. DuPont was one of only five companies in that category to be selected for this … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of 16 collision repair centers located in South Carolina and Georgia. These repair centers operated as John Harris Body Shops, which originated in 1975 in Columbia, S.C.. The South Carolina … Continue reading
Caliber, the parent company of Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, is launching a new campaign to raise funds to support the American Heart Association’s life-saving heart disease and stroke research. Beginning July 1 and running through … Continue reading
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Standing General Order requiring manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or SAE Levels 3-5 Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to report crashes. “NHTSA’s … Continue reading
All road and street travel in the U.S. increased by 54.6%, or 90.6 billion vehicle miles, for April 2021, compared to April 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. Overall travel for the month is estimated … Continue reading
Uniban announced the opening of UniglassPlus Bradford located at 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 3G3. Adrian Vegnaduzzo, owner of UniglassPlus Bradford, began working in the industry part-time at a body shop during school. Although he graduated with a … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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