PPG Exits Windshield Repair Market; New Ownership, New Direction for VeriFAST

Saw and Machine Services Ltd., the original manufacturer of the VeriFAST windshield repair system has formed VeriFAST Inc., a new Pittsburgh-based company, and has obtained the marketing and trademark rights for the patented windshield repair system of the same name from PPG Industries Inc.

VeriFAST Inc. has named Paul Rice, a former PPG auto glass industry executive, as its president.

"We see great promise in the continued growth of the windshield rock chip repair industry, and look forward to this great business opportunity," said Rice. "VeriFAST Inc. has made provisions with PPG to support customers who previously purchased the system first introduced in 2001. We plan to support the growing demand for quality equipment and training from auto glass replacement shops, and mobile entrepreneurs."

According to Rice the deal between the two companies was finalized the end of the year, and the company has spent the last two months getting everything set up. "Our first step was to solidify technical support and our product manufacturing relationships. We now have a full time technical support staff available through our 800 number, and offer regional repair training. Training is available for both VeriFAST users and any repair technician interested in utilizing our advanced repair techniques. VeriFAST allows a technician to efficiently work repair resin into all areas of a windshield break and then verify resin fill before curing," Rice added.

"VeriFAST equipment is precision tooled for durability and performance," said Sam Jenniches, president of Saw and Machine Services and CEO of VeriFAST Inc. "We have a great relationship with PPG, and are looking forward to continuing to support high quality windshield repair through VeriFAST Inc. We have a great product and I feel that naming Paul Rice as president will expand our growth as a leader in the windshield repair industry."

The move takes PPG out of the windshield repair business. "Windshield repair remains an important service for the auto glass and insurance industries, as well as for vehicle owners," said Jeff Blum, director PPG automotive aftermarket alliance. "However, PPG felt adoption of this technology would accelerate through the efforts of an independent enterprise. We wish VeriFAST Inc. tremendous success."

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