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Belron US Techs Travel to Shanghai to Assist with Accura Damage

Twelve Belron US employees departed Saturday, March 15, for Shanghai to spend four weeks replacing glass in more than 500 Acura TLs damaged by a storm before being exported to China. The 500 vehicles have more than 3,000 pieces of glass that need to be replaced.

More than 60 technicians across the United States applied to be on the China team, but only 12 were selected. The technicians had to meet certain requirements, including receiving a recommendation from their division or general manager on their skills and expertise, productivity and availability. Whether or not the associates had a passport also was a consideration.

"We were just overwhelmed at the amount of volunteers who were interested in participating in this trip," says Scott Gardner, director of technical and operations training for Belron US. "Our associates are doing a great service and are both honored and excited to be going. This is a great opportunity for our hardworking associates to travel and experience a different culture."

The cars became damaged before they were loaded onto a cargo ship bound for China. Honda made the decision to ship the vehicles to China and to then have them repaired after they arrived in China.

This is the first international trip of its kind for the company.

Alan Whipple, Elite Auto Glass/ Safelite AutoGlass general manager in Denver, will be leading the team of technicians traveling to China, which include:

- Harry Baum from Bethpage, N.Y.;

- Scott Corbiser from Hagerstown, Md.;

- Jeffrey Dittmer from Boulder, Colo.

- Mark Green from Cadillac, Mich.;

- Steven Gomez from Long Island, N.Y.;

- Tyson Kallberg from Colorado Springs, Colo.;

- Richard Kanthavong from Denver;

- Dwayne Klimenko from Warren, Ohio;

- Aleksandr Kumits from Santa Ana, Calif.;

- Johnny Lee from Pasadena, Calif.;

- David Lundblad from Wichita, Kan.; and

- Shane Marvil from Cherry Hill, N.J.

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