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Hot Topics at TEXpo™ Got Hotter as Event Began

Attendees 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™/AGRR late on Friday that few—if any—changes 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 months (CLICK 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™/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™/AGRR magazine. The next TEXpo is scheduled to head back to San Antonio in April 2010.

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