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PPI: January 2021 Shows Rise in Industry Material Pricing

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

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PPI: December 2020 Shows Solid Rise in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in December 2020, 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

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PPI: September 2020 Shows Continued Rise in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in September 2020, 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

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PPI: July Shows Mostly Increases in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in July 2020, 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

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NSG Releases Fiscal Year Financials

Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) recently released its 2020 fiscal year financial results and it noted the company’s automotive glass sales revenue decreased when compared to the same period last year. NSG is one of the largest auto glass manufacturers in … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Company Offers Repair and Replacement Membership

Leonard Smith spends a lot of time thinking—and in the process created a new way to sell auto glass. Smith, the owner of Jazz Auto Glass with locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, sells memberships that offer his customers … Continue reading

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Latest Position Statement Highlights FCA’s Auto Glass Standards

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) released a position statement on auto glass replacement, which states only “authentic Mopar glass is designed, engineered, manufactured and tested to the FCA US LLC internal and government-mandated standards and is the only equivalent … Continue reading

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PPI: October Auto Glass Materials Dip in Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry saw mostly decreases in October 2019, 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

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Vitro Issues Backlite Recall

Vitro Automotive, S.A. de C.V. (Vitro) has issued a safety recall due to a “noncompliance that exists in certain automotive glass parts.” According to the company, the noncompliance involves rear automotive glass, also known as backlites, which exceed the allowable … Continue reading

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Louis’ Auto Glass Sheds Light on 90 Year-Old Business

The four generations of family at Washington State’s Louis’ Auto Glass have gone through major changes and expansions since its first location opened in 1929, but this week they get to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Louis Adelstein, founded an auto … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Bill Passes in Both Houses

New Hampshire might have a new law on its hands, since one of its bills has been approved by both the House and the Senate and is headed to its Governor. The bill, also known as H664, recently added auto … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Gets Added Back into New Hampshire Bill

A New Hampshire bill that originally excluded auto glass companies will now incorporate them. The bill, also referred to as H664-FN and H664, originally aimed to require an insurer to reimburse a repairer for all repairs only if the repairer … Continue reading

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Three New Copper Sponsors Join Auto Glass Week™

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is pleased to welcome three more Copper-level sponsors to the 2019 exhibition floor. Auto Glass Week will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, September 4-6, 2019. It is the only event that focuses … Continue reading

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Several Support Calibration During Rhode Island Hearing

Representatives from Allstate Insurance and Safelite spoke at the Rhode Island Committee on Corporations hearing last week to voice concerns over vague language in proposed legislation regarding calibration. The two pieces of legislation referenced throughout the hearing were House Bill … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2019 Welcomes Three New Cobalt Sponsors

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) is ready to bring you three full days of valued education, networking opportunities, exciting competitions and an exhibition floor full of top industry suppliers. The show will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, … Continue reading

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Carlex Joins Trade Show Floor as Sponsor for Auto Glass Week™

Carlex is sponsoring Auto Glass Week™ once again at the Bronze-level. The company can be found in the exhibition hall at the Indiana Convention Center, to be held September 4-6 in Indianapolis, Ind. Carlex is a global original equipment manufacturer … Continue reading

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Technology Highlighted at Automotive Conference

Put a bunch of original equipment (OE) manufacturers and engineers in a room and tell them about all of the latest auto glass trends, including the use of more glass. How much glass, they ask? Think of a car as … Continue reading

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Tariff Increase Threat Made Prior to Trade Talks with China

The administration has put more pressure on China prior to trade talks in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Sunday President Trump tweeted that the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products would go up from 10% to 25% on Friday. He … Continue reading

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Family-Owned Shop Still Going Strong after a Century

Pfaff’s Auto Glass, Inc. has been a presence in Winston-Salem, N.C., for more than a century. As the family-owned company celebrates its 106th year, Douglas Pfaff, co-owner and executive vice president, shares a glimpse of what helped keep his family’s … Continue reading

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Corning Continues Growing in Q1

Corning Inc. (Corning) mentioned plans to strengthen the Gorilla Glass used in its automotive department during the company’s first fiscal quarter financial report conference call held today. Corning manufactures Gorilla Glass, which is found in both the smartphone and automotive … Continue reading

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Autel Joins Trade Show Floor as Sponsor for Auto Glass Week™

Autel is joining Auto Glass Week™ once again as a Bronze-level sponsor. The company can be found in the exhibition hall at the Indiana Convention Center, to be held September 4-6 in Indianapolis, Ind. Autel offers diagnostic tools and ADAS … Continue reading

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Equalizer Welcomed Back as Auto Glass Week™ Sponsor

Equalizer will be joining Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) September 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis as a Silver-level sponsor. Auto Glass Week is the only event dedicated exclusively to the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass repair … Continue reading

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Xinyi Glass Joins Auto Glass Week™ 2019 Line-Up of Sponsors

Platinum-level sponsor Xinyi Glass is back for an action-packed time of education, competitions and exhibition at Auto Glass Week™ (AGW), September 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Xinyi Glass is making its return this year as a Platinum-level … Continue reading

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New Louisiana Bill May Affect AGRR Businesses

A new Louisiana bill has been introduced in the House and, if it passes there could be changes ahead for insureds choosing where to have their auto glass repaired or replaced. The new bill, also referred to as HB 411, … Continue reading

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VITRO Returns to Auto Glass Week™ 2019 as Platinum Sponsor

VITRO is back as a Platinum-level sponsor at Auto Glass Week™(AGW), taking place September 4-6, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. VITRO is a world-wide leading manufacturer of automotive glass for the OEM and ARG market. It … Continue reading

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UVA vs. Texas Tech: The Glass Connection

By: Jordan Scott and Emmariah Holcomb Tonight, millions throughout the U.S. will watch as the University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers take on the Texas Tech University Red Raiders in the NCAA Tournament championship. While Charlottesville, Va., and Lubbock, Texas, may … Continue reading

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Vitro Automotive Division Gets New Location

Auto glass shops have another avenue to purchase glass thanks to Vitro’s recent announcement on its new Texas location, which will serve as a wholesale distribution business. According to the company, its main goal is to have quicker distribution times … Continue reading

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Plan to Attend Auto Glass Week™ 2019 – Registration Now Open!

Online registration for Auto Glass Week™ 2019 is now open! The international event will take place September 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Auto Glass Week is designed for the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket auto glass … Continue reading

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PPI: January Auto Glass Materials Pricing Rises

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry saw clear rises and declines in January 2019, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI, which includes … Continue reading

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Updated: Recent Fire Destroys Auto Glass Business’ Tools And More

As many in the industry know – running a business isn’t easy, but it gets even more complicated when an unexpected fire puts all of your work on hold. This has been the unfortunate reality for one auto glass family … Continue reading

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South African Trip Centers On Auto Glass

A few members of Equalizer’s staff took a trip across the globe to South Africa. Why? To expand the company’s presence there and to work with some South African auto glass shops. “[Our goal was] to expand Equalizer’s presence in … Continue reading

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PPI: Auto Glass Material Prices Leaping Upward

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry saw noticeable increases in September 2018, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI category that includes auto … Continue reading

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Video: Interviews with the Winners

Auto Glass Week concluded on Saturday and AGRR magazine has your interviews with all the winners, as well as some final news from the event. To view the video in YouTube CLICK HERE.

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PPI: Auto Glass Material Prices on a Steady Upward Incline

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry generally got better in August 2018, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which … Continue reading

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A Proposed Tariff of 25% May Affect Auto Glass

The United States Government has proposed several tariffs that would affect the automotive industry, including windshields. The proposed tariff located in Docket No. USTR-2018-0026 has sparked a general concern from many automotive glass businesses. If passed, there would be a … Continue reading

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Organization Introduces Students to Skilled Trades

As the labor shortage continues to hinder hiring for many companies across the U.S., including auto glass, employers are looking at ways to increase interest and knowledge of skilled trades in schools. WorkingNation, a national non-profit campaign, has released a … Continue reading

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Safelite Restructures Sales Team

Safelite Autoglass has restructured its sales efforts with the elimination of one type of position and the introduction of three new ones. “On Friday, we announced the elimination of the Area Sales Manager (ASM) position,” said Tom Feeney, president and … Continue reading

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55 Years and Counting for Smiley’s

Smiley’s Glass is still going strong in Richmond, Va., after more than 55 years. The family- owned company started with patriarch, Warren Smiley. According to his daughter, the current owner, he noticed there weren’t mobile auto glass repair and replacement … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices for Several Auto Glass Materials Mostly Increase in July

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry generally increased in July 2018, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes … Continue reading

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VIN Look Ups

The Vehicle identification number (VIN) can provide a variety of information on a person’s vehicle, which of course includes the type of auto glass. While the 17 digit VIN gives an auto glass technician some knowledge on the vehicle, it’s … Continue reading

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Top 5 Hurricane Storm Damage Risk States

Hurricanes are best known for the damage it leaves behind. High winds can move large bodies of water which can create storm surges, flooding and tsunami like conditions across the country. And some states are left with numerous destroyed vehicles … Continue reading

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New Program to Support Women in Auto Glass

GlasWeld launched a new program focusing on repair and designed specifically for women in the auto glass industry earlier this month. #WomenRockRepair is a new program that offers advanced hands on training, mentoring, and business coaching. The program is open … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Bill That Excludes Auto Glass Becomes Law

Rhode Island has a new law that focuses on aftermarket parts for newer vehicles. The law “provides that insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner’s consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices for Many Auto Glass Materials Increase in June

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry increased in June, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, … Continue reading

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Colorado Communities Respond To Recent Hail Storm

Last week, Colorado’s hail storm left many with broken windshields. At that time, glassBYTEs.com™ wrote about how slammed the local auto glass repair shops were, but now the community is helping in a different way. The city of Fountain’s police … Continue reading

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Recent Hail Storm Gives Colorado Auto Glass Repair Shops Business

Wednesday’s hail storm left Colorado auto glass companies picking up the pieces, literally. Many car owners were met with broken windshields and windows following the storm. But when a storm so severe hits a large portion of a state at … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Material Prices Maintain

Prices for almost all materials used in the auto glass industry either maintained or slightly decreased in May, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of Auto Glass Week’s Offer: Buy Two, Get One Full Registration Free

Spend three days learning from the best in the business, mingling with top vendors and manufacturers and witnessing four nail-biting competitions during Auto Glass Week™ 2018. Educate your entire team at the event by taking advantage of a special registration … Continue reading

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State Farm Auto Lawsuits Still a Hot Topic in Florida

Usually when a car accident leads to a windshield replacement, the victim contacts his or her insurance provider. From there, he or she goes through a series of steps in order to get their vehicle back on the road. Recently, … Continue reading

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Getting Paid: How Auto Glass Shops are Finding Success

In the upcoming May-June issue, AGRR magazine concludes its series on getting paid with stories of auto glass shops that are finding success as “individuals,” while getting paid direct. “We are not members of any network,” says Michael Franklin, co-owner … Continue reading

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Belron Reports Increased Sales in First Quarter Trading Update

Belron’s sales rose 4.1 percent in 2018’s first-quarter trading update, the company reported this week. That figure represents a 9.6 percent organic increase. The company said its consumer base also grew to 4.2 million served. That’s an increase of 7.2 … Continue reading

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Bills Move Forward in Three States

Auto glass retailers based in Louisiana, New York and Minnesota will want to be made aware of legislative movement happening in those states pertaining to auto glass. Louisiana The Louisiana Senate’s passed bill that “moves the regulation of motor vehicle … Continue reading

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Rochester OE Meeting Discusses the Industry’s Future—and a Look at Data Involving Glass Claims

Representatives from various segments of the auto glazing industry, including OEM’S, continue their meetings today in Rochester Hills, Mich., as part of the 4th International CTI Conference. One of the many events taking place is the two-day Automotive Glazing USA event. … Continue reading

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Industry Legislation Progresses in Oklahoma, Ohio and Louisiana

As the legislative season continues in state capitols around the country, several bills related to the auto glass industry have progressed in recent days. Oklahoma Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation related to service warranties into law. The bill, … Continue reading

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Colorado Senate and House Vote to Concur on Warranty Bill

The Colorado House and Senate recently voted to concur on a bill designed to “require motor vehicle manufacturers to fulfill warranty obligations.” “A manufacturer must compensate each of its motor vehicle dealers in accordance with a set of standards designed to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Shop Assists in Hit-and-Run Investigation

A windshield-replacement job brought the unusual resolution to a hit-and-run investigation in New Hampshire last month. Police in Dover, N.H., arrested Bruce Bernier, 61, of Newmarket, in connection with a hit-and-run incident April 2. According to police reports, a black … Continue reading

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Arizona Auto Glass Bills Fail to Make it Out of Committee

Two bills related to the auto glass industry died recently in the Arizona legislature. Arizona S.B. 1155, which was introduced in mid-January by Sen. Sylvia Allen, aimed to strengthen the state’s current anti-steering laws and require timely inspections of glass … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices Continue Up for Materials in Auto Glass

Prices for most materials used in the auto glass industry increased in March, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Legislature Plans to Study Insurance Reimbursement Rates

Both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate have adopted a bill aimed to “establish a committee to study reimbursement rates under automobile policies.” The bill originally was introduced in January but has been amended greatly since introduction. The … Continue reading

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Glass Doctor Recognizes Top Performers at Annual Conference

Texas-based Glass Doctor recently held its annual conference in Dallas, where it recognized its top performing employees from its franchisees across the country for their noteworthy performances throughout the year. Ashley Bosserman, an employee of Glass Doctor of Shenandoah Valley … Continue reading

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Florida Bills Requiring Windshield Inspections Die

Two bills introduced in the Florida state legislature that would have required an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it’s repaired or replaced weren’t voted on in the current 60-day session, which ended on March 9. In … Continue reading

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Several Foreign and Domestic Companies Receive DOT Numbers

The Department of Transportation recently awarded seven DOT numbers to several international automotive glass companies and two U.S.-based automotive supplies company. Diamond Glass S.A de C.V, based in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico, received DOT number 1094. The company, which was … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices Edge Up for Materials in the Auto Glass Industry

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased in February, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in the … Continue reading

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Indiana Anti-Steering Legislation Hits an Impasse after House Amendments

After clearing the Indiana House floor, Senate Bill 146, which aims to prohibit insurers and related entities from steering, may have hit a temporary stalemate. The state Senate has refused to concur with the amendments added by the House Committee … Continue reading

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Don Cotton Retires from Auto Glass Industry after 40 Years

Take it from Don Cotton, former owner of The Village Glassmith in Needham, Mass., now retiree, “Sell it, or walk away.” That was Cotton’s last piece of advice to auto glass shop owners, as the industry veteran officially closed-up shop … Continue reading

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Judge Grants Class-Action Status in Fuyao Glass America Lawsuit

A U.S. district judge has granted class-action status to current and former employees of Fuyao Glass America (FGA) in the June 2017 lawsuit against the manufacturer. The plaintiffs are suing the company for unpaid wages, including overtime compensation. The 13 … Continue reading

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Proposed Anti-Steering Amendment Clears Indiana State Senate

An Indiana bill designed to prohibit insurers and related entities from requiring an insured to use a specified auto repair shop has cleared the state Senate and is currently waiting to be heard in the House of Representatives. SB 164, … Continue reading

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Pilkington Announces Price Increase for all Auto Glass Products

Due to rising costs of OE-quality automotive products and services, Pilkington NSG announced it was driven to increase the price of all of its auto glass products by 7.5 percent, according to a recent release from the company. In the … Continue reading

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Florida Insurer Windshield Inspection Bill Clears Another Senate Committee

Florida state Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s proposed amendment to current legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection prior to a windshield repair or replacement cleared another Senate committee hearing. “[Auto glass repair] companies have been lurking in parking lots, waiting by … Continue reading

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Six Auto Glass-Related Companies Make Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List

Entrepreneur Magazine has released its 39th annual list of top 500 franchises, and six companies related to the auto glass industry landed a spot this year—Matco Tools, MacTools, Ziebart, Glass Doctor, SuperGlass Windshield Repair and Novus Glass. No. 36 – … Continue reading

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Proposal that Would Require Insurer Windshield Inspections Passes Florida Senate Committee

A proposed amendment to Florida legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection before a windshield is repaired or replaced has been cleared by a Senate committee. The bill, which is identical in language to the House bill proposed by Rep. … Continue reading

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Automotive Glass Europe Announces Record Growth

Officials at Automotive Glass Europe, the partnership of automotive glass replacement and repair companies covering 18 European countries, says it has completed the largest ever number of repairs and replacements in 2017 with growth stimulated by increasing numbers of people … Continue reading

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Going with Direct Billing? Here are a Few Tips from Auto Glass Shop Owners

If you’re looking to go the direct billing route, here are a few more tips and recommendations that could work for you. For more information on the topic, look to the January/February issue of AGRR magazine. 1. There’s an App … Continue reading

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Exploring Direct Billing as a Viable Payment Option

Over the course of nearly two decades, automotive insurance providers have slowly but surely offloaded their responsibilities to third-party administrators (TPAs)—businesses (or business divisions) set up for the sole purposes of dolling out referrals, making payments and shuffling electronic paperwork … Continue reading

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Update: Proposed New Hampshire Bill Submitted to House Committee

The proposed amendment to a previously pre-filed bill in New Hampshire has been submitted to the House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The amendment would require auto insurers to reimburse independent repair shops—including glass companies—similarly to auto dealerships. If … Continue reading

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TechnaGlass Acquires Harmon AutoGlass

Salt Lake City, Utah-based TechnaGlass has announced the acquisition of Harmon AutoGlass in Minnesota for an undisclosed amount. The company will initially operate six stores in the greater Minneapolis area under the Harmon AutoGlass Brand and only includes those locations, … Continue reading

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Fuyao Glass America and Mr. Cho Respond to Former Exec.’s Complaint

Shortly after having their motion to dismiss denied by a U.S. district court judge, Fuyao Glass America (FGA) and its chairman Cho Tak Wong (Mr. Cho) have officially filed their responses to the complaints made against them by former executive … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices for Materials Used in the Auto Glass Industry Increased

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased in November, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in the … Continue reading

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Judge Denies Fuyao and Chairman’s Motion to Dismiss Former Exec’s Lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose has set a pre-trial hearing for the case against Fuyao Glass America and its chairman Cho Tak Wong (Cho), shortly after denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Dave Burrows, a former executive … Continue reading

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PCI Urges Florida Senate to Pass Windshield Inspection Bill

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is urging the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to pass Senate Bill 396, which would require insurers to inspect a damaged windshield prior to it being repaired or replaced—an effort, the … Continue reading

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Proposed Florida Bill Aims to Add Insurer Inspection Prior to Windshield Repair

Florida Rep. Rene Plasencia has proposed an amendment to current legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced. The bill has been pre-filed in the Florida state legislature, and, … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Shows Third Quarter Growth Despite Hurricanes, Currency Troubles

Boyd Group Income Fund reported its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The company’s sales increased by 13.5 percent, to $391.9 million (Canadian dollars) from $345.3 million in 2016. Boyd reported that its financial results were impacted by Hurricane Irma, and … Continue reading

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Assignment of Benefits Necessary for Industry

Assignment of benefits can put all parties involved in a vulnerable position, but the practice is necessary for the survival of the automotive glass industry, according to Morgan and Morgan attorney Anthony Prieto. At Auto Glass Week™, he spoke to … Continue reading

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Pilkington Consolidates, Closes Five Service Centers

Pilkington is in the process of consolidating a number of its auto glass service centers. GlassBYTEs.com has confirmed the Randolph, Mass., Burlington, Vt., Clifton, N.J., Dallas and Oklahoma City, Okla., centers have either closed or are in the process of … Continue reading

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Customer Allegedly Finds Safelite Technician in Compromising Situation

A YouTube video purports to show a Florida Safelite technician getting caught by a customer in an allegedly compromising situation while on a mobile repair job. Earlier this year, Megan Lundrigan called the company to have one of the windows … Continue reading

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Four Former Employees Added to Lawsuit against Fuyao Glass America

Four former Fuyao Glass America employees have requested to join three other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the auto glass manufacturer. The plaintiffs are suing the company for alleged unpaid wages, including overtime hours.  The parties Chuck Dickens, Andre Cameron, … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Will Feature the First-Ever ADAS Summit

No technology since the introduction of the curved windshield has brought more disruption—and more opportunity—to the auto glass industry than Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This first-ever ADAS Summit at Auto Glass Week™ 2017 will detail all the aspects auto … Continue reading

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AGC Glass Appeal Denied

An appeal by AGC Glass and its affiliates in regard to an “auto glass cartel” case was dismissed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in late July. According to the decision, in November 2008, AGC Glass Europa SA, AGC … Continue reading

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Pilkington to Increase ADAS Auto Glass Prices

In order to keep up with the rising costs of OE-quality products equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Pilkington NSG announced it was driven to increase the cost of all of its ADAS auto glass products by 5 percent, … Continue reading

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Research Frontiers Reports Growth in its Automotive Glass Sector

Research Frontiers, developers of SPD-SmartGlass, an electronically tintable glass, recently released its financial statement for the first six months of 2017, which reveals strong use in the automotive segment. The company’s revenue, which historically was attributed to the glass’s use … Continue reading

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Tiny and Sons Glass Company Hosts Legislators

Last week, Peter Brown, president of Tiny & Sons, hosted 10 legislators from the Massachusetts state Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business at his shop outside of Boston in Pembroke, Mass.  The group was made up of Senators … Continue reading

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New York City Patrol Cars Get Retrofitted with Bullet-Resistant Window Inserts

Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would budget $10 million to retrofit the city’s fleet of 3,800 patrol cars with bullet-resistant window inserts following the 2014 deaths of two officers shot in their … Continue reading

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Join Yih-Tair Ind. Inc. at Auto Glass Week™ 2017

If you’re looking to attend educational seminars, discover the latest industry products and tools as well as installation tips and techniques, then Auto Glass Week™ 2017 is the event for you. Yih-Tair Ind. Inc. is returning to the event this … Continue reading

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Former Employee Amends Complaint against Fuyao Glass America    

Two former Fuyao Glass America employees have joined Julia Staggs in the lawsuit against the auto glass manufacturer. Staggs, John Greene and Stephen Newman (Plaintiffs) are suing the company for alleged unpaid wages and unpaid overtime. Greene began working at … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs Seek Statewide Class Certification against Hyundai

Hyundai is facing a statewide class-action lawsuit, if the plaintiffs are granted certification in the 2015 case surrounding the automaker’s alleged defective panoramic sunroofs. In 2015, Billy Glenn, an Alabama resident, filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly knowing … Continue reading

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DOT Divvies Out Three Numbers

The Department of Transportation recently awarded DOT numbers to two international glass companies and one U.S.-based. Pontevedresa Group, an automotive and flat glass manufacturer headquartered in Pontevedra, Spain, received DOT Number 1083. Pontevedra, which was established in 1959, specializes in … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass, “We Appreciate the Concern”

Eddie Cheskis, CEO of Glass America LLC, owned by the Boyd Group, reports the company’s staff at its Orlando location is safe, and the shop was not involved or affected following Monday’s deadly shooting at Fiamma Inc. “This incident took … Continue reading

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On the Blogs: What Can you Not Live Without?

I am, of course, referring to your job in the auto glass industry, when I ask: what app, website or trick could you not live without on the road? But first, a little about me and why I am asking. … Continue reading

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Calibrations: What Technicians Need to Consider

When it comes to repairing or replacing glass on a vehicle equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), what does an auto glass shop technician need to prepare for when performing a calibration? Repair University Live discussed this recently with … Continue reading

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Safelite Responds to Campfield’s Complaint

Safelite Group, Safelite Solutions and Safelite Fulfillment LLC have responded to complaints made by Rich Campfield, founder of Ultra Bond, in his 2015 lawsuit against the company alleging it utilizes misleading advertising, damaging his business and depriving consumers of the … Continue reading

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2017 Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes BSG Auto Glass to Its Lineup

BSG Auto Glass Co. Ltd. is headed to Auto Glass Week™ as a Copper sponsor of the international event, which features automotive glass repair and replacement competitions, educational seminars, and an exhibition floor.  Auto Glass Week™ 2017 will be held … Continue reading

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Denver Auto Glass Shops in a Bind Following Hail Storm

Denver auto glass repair and replacement shops, as well as those in surrounding counties, have been flooded with calls following the major hail storm that ripped through the city on Monday afternoon. Hundreds of vehicles in the area were left … Continue reading

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Former Fuyao Exec Sues the Company and Chairman

Dave Burrows, a former executive with Fuyao Glass America Inc., is suing the company and its China-based chairman, Cho Tak Wong, for his termination in November 2016. Burrows, who worked at the Dayton, Ohio, plant as the company’s vice president … Continue reading

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Fuyao’s Ohio Facility Named in the National COSH 2017 “Dirty Dozen” Report

In observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, a global event meant to honor workers who’ve died or have been injured at the workplace, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) announced “The Dirty Dozen” employers of 2017. The report … Continue reading

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The NFIB Comments on Arizona’s SB 1169

The proposed bill, SB 1169, to repeal Arizona’s “zero-deductible” law on auto glass repair and replacement, continues to be a topic of discussion among auto glass shop owners and installers across the state. The bill was once again held on … Continue reading

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Automotive Glazing Companies Awarded DOT Numbers

The Department of Transportation recently awarded DOT numbers to two automotive glazing companies, one Chinese and one American. Xuchang Annaio Automotive Glass Co., Ltd. (ANNAIO), a Chinese automotive glass manufacturer headquartered in Xuchang, Henan Province, China, received DOT Number 1078. … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas …

Christmas is almost here, and everyone has a list – even folks in the automotive glass industry.

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RDN Retracts Error in NAGS Pricing

An article surfaced yesterday on RepairerDrivenNews.com (RDN), citing an error regarding the NAGS 5-percent price drop in September. However, the article has since been retracted and revised. The revised article emphasizes, “Rozint said that a temporary error in the May … Continue reading

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Novus® Glass Welcomes New Washington Franchisee

Novus Glass is proud to welcome new franchisee, Aaron Muller. Aaron will be bringing Novus’ automotive glass service to the Seattle, Washington market. A successful entrepreneur since the age of 11, Muller has owned or co-owned more than 20 companies … Continue reading

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DOT Issues Nine New Numbers to Glass Companies

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded nine new DOT numbers to automotive glass companies. DOT No. 1062 was awarded to Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC in Grenada, Miss. Trulite offers a complete line of architectural aluminum products, … Continue reading

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Reno AGRR Market on the Rebound

Reno AGRR Market on the Rebound Reno, Nev., home of Auto Glass Week 2015, is one of the hottest cities in the U.S. right now—and not just because it’s surrounded by a desert. Two of the world’s most noteworthy companies—Apple … Continue reading

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Free Casino Play for Auto Glass Week™ Attendees

Auto Glass Week™, managed by AGRR™ magazine and co-sponsored by the magazine, Auto Glass Safety Council™, Independent Glass Association, National Glass Association and National Windshield Repair Association, will be held September 30 – October 2 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center … Continue reading

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Weather or Not: Listen to National Forecasts with Caution

WXRISK meteorologist David Tolleris understands the importance the weather can have on AGRR companies and cautioned that many of the national weather providers are looking more for ratings rather than getting the weather forecast correct. And the weather can have … Continue reading

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How Did We Get the Anti-Steering Law Passed?

In a panel reviewing legal issues in the automotive glass industry, Jim Amman, former Connecticut Speaker of the House; Mario Ercolini, general manager of branch operations for Wholesale Glass Distributors; and Mark Vece, president of The Whalley Glass Co., discussed … Continue reading

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues Chicago Area Expansion

ABRA Auto Body & Glass has expanded again in the Chicago area with the acquisition of Auto Werks of Northbrook Inc. in Illinois – about an hour northwest of downtown Chicago. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We’re proud … Continue reading

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GlasWeld General Manager Dennis Garbutt Retires; Schuepbach Promoted

GlasWeld general manager Dennis Garbutt has retired, and the company has promoted director of operations Seth Schuepbach to the general manager position, effective September 2. “Dennis has been an integral part of our growth and success over the past half-decade,” … Continue reading

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The Price of Gas is a Necessary Evil for AGRR Companies

The fluctuating cost of gas is an ongoing expense mobile-only AGRR companies know too well. The expansive territories they drive each day eat up quite a bit of gas. One of the best ways to keep the cost of gas … Continue reading

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PGW Sells LYNX Services

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) plans to sell its Insurance and Services Division (I&S), which includes LYNX Services, GTS and Glaxis, along with other information technology services to Solera Holdings (NYSE SLH) of Westlake, TX. Solera will purchase 100% of the … Continue reading

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Third Shift Cut at Safelite Glass Corp.’s N.C. Manufacturing Plant

Safelite Glass Corp. has shut down third-shift operations at its Enfield, N.C., windshield manufacturing plant, affecting approximately 61 of the company’s 277 employees at the plant.

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Safelite AutoGlass Foundation Awards $300,000 to Columbus Area Nonprofits

Safelite AutoGlass Foundation has awarded $300,000 in Impact Grants to 12 separate Columbus, Ohio-area, nonprofit groups. Each received $25,000.

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Pilkington Closing Lathrop, Calif., Plant

Pilkington North America, a subsidiary of Nippon Sheet Glass, has announced it is closing its Lathrop, Calif., plant, which currently manufactures automotive and commercial architectural glass. According to a release from the company, “This decision was made after a careful … Continue reading

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Miles Driven Remain Relatively Steady in August

The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in August 2013, showing an overall increase of 1.3 percent, or 3.4 billion vehicle miles, from August 2012. Overall travel … Continue reading

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Webasto Invests More Than $8.7 Million into Chinese Plant

Webasto has announced a new Chongqing, China plant location. With an area encompassing approximately 172,200 square feet, the newly constructed site represents a total investment more than $8.7 million. According to a statement from the company, medium-term planning calls for … Continue reading

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National Windscreens’ Announces Rebranding of European Group

United-Kingdom-based National Windscreens announced that The Automotive Glass Professionals has been rebranded as Automotive Glass Europe.

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Techna Glass Supports Local Children’s Hospital with Fundraiser

Techna Glass’ Utah auto glass shops recently raised money by inviting consumers to come out and get their windshields repaired with all proceeds going to Primary Children’s Hospital.

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The Dwyer Group Reports Growth

The Dwyer Group, which owns the Glass Doctor franchise brand, has completed 144 new franchise contracts year-to-date. This includes 11 new Glass Doctor franchise agreements.

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Report: Citizen’s Insurance Offers Zero Deductible for Customers Who Use Preferred Auto Glass Companies

Citizen’s Insurance of Michigan is launching a new platinum program, effective November 1, that features full automotive glass coverage at a zero deductible for customers who agree to use its preferred auto glass companies, including Safelite AutoGlass, according to a company spokesperson. If a customer with this same policy decides to go to an independent auto glass shop for a replacement outside the preferred network, the deductible increases to $100, according to reports from glassBYTEs readers.

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Happy Halloween from the Key Communications Team

Key Communications, parent company to AGRR™ magazine/glassBYTEs.com, celebrated Halloween last Friday with many of the team members dressing up in creative costumes. From a zombie to a male tooth fairy to Princess Leia and the Mad Hatter, our office was filled with color and spooky characters.

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New DOT Number Awarded to Italian Company

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded a new DOT number to an auto-glass-related product manufacturer based in Italy.

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AGRR Business Reflects Latest Unemployment Statistics

August unemployment rates were lower in 311 of the 372 metropolitan areas than at the same time in 2012, but higher in 47 areas, and unchanged in 14 others, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And many auto glass companies, such as B-Rite Glass Co. in an Atlanta suburb, say business demand is increasing as unemployment rates decline.

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Glass Doctor Gains Four New Franchisees

Glass Doctor has announced the addition of four new franchisees in the third quarter.

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GlasWeld Asks Court to Deny Rescheduling Motion in Alleged Patent Infringement Lawsuit

GlasWeld attorneys claim in court documents filed with the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Eugene division, that Christopher Boyle’s motion to reset the scheduling order in the alleged patent infringement case “should be denied because Christopher Boyle has not shown good cause” and the request appears to be “intended solely for the purpose of delay.”

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Mainstreet Computers Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Key Employee

Mainstreet Computers recently recognized the 25th anniversary of one of its key employees—Bill Oeftering, product development programmer.

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BRAZIL – AGC’s Brazil Plant Starts Glass Production

AGC’s new glass plant in Brazil has started production of glass at the industrial glass complex in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo State, Brazil. AGC Glass Brazil will now produce architectural glass, mirrors and automotive glass, according to company officials.

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YH America’s Sealant Division Expands

In addition to recognizing its 15th year in business, YH America Inc.’s Sealant Division, a subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced it is doubling the size of its Kentucky manufacturing facility. The division manufactures an array of urethane adhesives and primers used for bonding auto glass windshields, back lites and side lites to vehicles, buses and military vehicles.

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New Jersey Judge Upholds Six-State Class-Action Lawsuit over Alleged Volvo Sunroof Defect

A New Jersey U.S. District Court judge has denied Volvo’s motion to reconsider the six-state class-action status of a lawsuit filed over an alleged defect in the automaker’s sunroofs, which plaintiffs claim allows water to flood their vehicles.

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Carlex Notifies Customers of Non-Safety Related Quality Issue on DW001529 GTY/GBY Product

Carlex has alerted its customers about a non-safety related quality issue on some Carlite DW001529 GTY/GBY product, which might show an increased rate of cracking during installation.

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BMW Owners Oppose Automaker’s Motion to Dismiss Class Action Status of Alleged Sunroof Defect Case

Attorneys representing two BMW owners have opposed the automaker’s motion for the court to dismiss the class action status in a lawsuit over an alleged sunroof defect in the U.S. Northern District Court of California, San Francisco division. The owners allege their vehicles suffered water damage after the drainage tubes installed to pull water away from the sunroofs did not properly work.

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Miles Driven Climb in July

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in July 2013, showing an overall increase of 1.6 percent, or 4.2 billion vehicle miles, from July 2012.

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Caliber Acquires Golden State Collision Centers

Caliber Collision Centers announced that it has acquired Golden State Collision Repair Centers. Golden State Collision Repair Centers has 12 locations in and near the Sacramento market and owns an auto glass repair and replacement company to service customers.

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Christopher Boyle Asks Court to Strike Patent Infringement Claims

Christopher Boyle has asked the U.S. District Court of Oregon to strike several patent infringement claims GlasWeld has filed against him with the court and GlasWeld has responded in opposition to the motions. Christopher Boyle was recently added to the alleged patent infringement lawsuit between his father Mike Boyle, doing business as Surface Dynamix, and GlasWeld.

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Safelite AutoGlass Opens New Shop in Gorham, N.H.

Safelite AutoGlass has opened a new store located at 299 Main Street, #3 in Gorham, N.H.

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NOVUS Franchisee to Hold Special MADD Fundraiser This Weekend

In memory of his 16-year-old daughter, Beta Kamran, who lost her life to a drunk driver in 2003, Mark Pixley, the NOVUS franchisee in Sheridan, Wyo., will host a special memorial day this weekend to raise awareness and support for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 14 at his two franchisees in Gillette and Sheridan, Wyo.

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BMW Asks Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Alleged Sunroof Defect

BMW has asked the U.S. Northern California District Court to dismiss a class action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs, two BMW owners, claim that drainage tubes installed to pull water away from vehicles’ sunroofs do not properly work, leading to water damage.

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Auto Glass Fitters Hires Nik Frye

Scranton, Pa.-based Auto Glass Fitters announced the hiring of Nik Frye as its new vice president of sales. Frye brings many years of industry experience in retail sales, national sales, field sales, marketing and operations to the auto glass repair … Continue reading

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