at a Glass TEXpo presentation called "What's Hot in the Auto
Glass Industry" likely had no idea what they were in for when
they originally arrived at the event, which was held in San Antonio
on Friday and Saturday. Just minutes before the presentation began,
Mitchell International, the parent company of National Auto Glass
Specifications International (NAGS), announced that it had signed
an agreement to merge with CCC Information Services (CLICK
HERE for related story).
That topic, and how it might affect the auto glass industry, was
a crucial one. (However, Jesse Herrera, senior vice president of
product management and marketing, told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
late on Friday that fewif anychanges should result for
NAGS and Mitchell's glass unit (CLICK
HERE for related story).)
Other hot topics included Diamond Glass's recent petition for reorganization
under Chapter 11 (CLICK
HERE for related story),
and the recalls that have plagued the industry for the last several
HERE for related story). Of course, the pending sale of PPG
Industries' auto glass business is never far from the industry's
collective mind, either. This topic also was a point of discussion
during the seminar, provided by glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine publisher Debra Levy on Friday.
Later that day, on the trade show floor, exhibitors unveiled their
latest wares to the retailers in attendance. One of these, Equalizer
Industries, provided an up-close look at its newest auto glass removaltool,
the Stingray. Click on the video below for an inside look
at this new tool.
The event is co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association and glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine. The next TEXpo is scheduled to head back to San Antonio
in April 2010.
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