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Former Safelite President and CEO Tom Feeney Retires

On June 30, Tom Feeney will retire from Safelite after a 35-year career with the auto glass company. Feeny previously served as president and CEO for 14 years, and was credited for the company’s significant growth during that time. Feeney … Continue reading

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Average Age of Vehicles in the U.S. Increases to 12.2 Years

Several factors contributed to the average age of light vehicles in operation in the US rising to 12.2 years this year, increasing by nearly two months over the prior year, according to new research from S&P Global Mobility. Click here … Continue reading

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The Next Recession Isn’t Here Yet, But Here’s When You Should Start to Worry

Leading indicators offer economists the closest thing to a preview of economic growth, as they tend to reveal trends earliest. Reports including weekly jobless claims and factory orders can reveal the first signs of a coming downturn. Click here to … Continue reading

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Increasing Costs Continue to Impact Auto Glass Shops

Winter is over and summer is around the corner, but auto glass shops continue to struggle with the same challenges the new year presented in January. Costs of materials, availability of glass and the price of gasoline impact business. Patricia … Continue reading

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Driven Brands Exec Talks Expansion Plans

Driven Brands shot to the number three spot in AGRR magazine’s 2022 list of Top Auto Glass Retailers in the category of companies with $100-$200 million in revenue. In April 2022, the company announced it was acquiring All Star Glass, … Continue reading

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BMW Recall Affects 61,000 Vehicles Sold in U.S.

BMW issued a recall for 61,000 vehicles with sunroof software issues. The sunroof function control unit may be incorrectly programmed and allow the sunroof to close without the key fob’s presence in the vehicle. The vehicles under recall are equipped … Continue reading

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Driven Brands Acquires All Star Glass

Driven Brands Holdings Inc. has acquired All Star Glass, A chain of 30 auto glass shops located primarily in California, Arizona, Texas and Nevada. “We pride ourselves on offering simple, convenient solutions to the consumer and our glass services are … Continue reading

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Gas Up: Fuel Prices Cause Pain at the Pump

A global pandemic. A labor shortage. Supply chain challenges and exorbitant gas prices. The struggle is real in the auto glass industry. At the end of March, Autospecs Glass in Dallas and Houston found it reached its fleet credit limit … Continue reading

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Miles Driven: December Mileage Shows Decrease from Previous Month in 2021

Americans traveled 11.2% more on roads in December 2021 than in December 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers. December 2021 saw 26.9 billion more vehicle miles logged than December 2020. Travel for December 2021 was … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Services Announces Cash Dividend for First Quarter of 2022

Boyd Group Services announced a cash dividend of $0.144 per common share for the first quarter of 2022. The dividend is payable on April 27, 2022 to common shareholders at the close of business March 31, 2022. The Boyd Group … Continue reading

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PGW Auto Glass Sold to One Firm Equity Partners

PGW Glass is being sold by its owner, LKQ Corporation, to One Firm Equity Partners (OEP). PGW Auto Glass distributes aftermarket glass in 113 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and is headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa. Closure of the … Continue reading

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In Time of War: Auto Glass Industry Not Immune to What’s Happening in Ukraine

Is there still an auto glass industry in Ukraine? The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has affected not only the auto glass industry there but also in the United States. Abtockᴫo Pem lives and owns an auto glass shop in … Continue reading

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The Cost of Calibration, Part 3: South Atlantic

In part 3 of our look at the cost of calibration in the U.S., we go to the South Atlantic. In the automotive industry since 2004, Kris Griffin founded Calibrators of the Carolinas in 2019 in the Charlotte metro area … Continue reading

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The Cost of Calibration, Part 2: the West

In part 2 of our five-part series on the cost of calibration across the U.S., we look at the perspective of shops out west. Rick Valentine owns Intermountain Auto Glass in Boise, Idaho, where set pricing is in place for … Continue reading

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U.S. Takes On ‘Crisis’ of Rising Crash Deaths with Bold, Nationwide Strategy

The United States has joined other nations of the world to combat carnage on its roads by adopting a far-reaching, coordinated, and countrywide plan. On Thursday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced details of the first ever National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS). … Continue reading

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We’ve Come a Long Way: The Evolution of Road Safety Standards

As early as the 1920s, the National Safety Council was trying to draw attention to the dangers with accident statistics. Keeping Americans safe on the road was quickly becoming a problem that needed solutions. Some came in the form of … Continue reading

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Average Auto Insurance Rates in Michigan Increase Slightly, but are No Longer Highest in Nation

The average cost of auto insurance slightly increased over the past year as more drivers parked at home during the early months of COVID-19 returned to the roads — but Michigan no longer has the highest average rates in the … Continue reading

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GEICO vs. Nationwide 2022 Car Insurance Comparison

Choosing between GEICO and Nationwide for your car insurance can be challenging. Both insurers have solid reputations and offer affordable rates for drivers across the United States. Click here to read more.  

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Driven Brands Acquires Auto Glass Now, Expands US Presence

Automotive services provider Driven Brands Holdings Inc. has acquired auto glass repair firm Auto Glass Now for $170 million, thus expanding its presence in the U.S. Click here to read more.  

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Road User Fees Might Replace Gas Tax in a Decade After a Five-Year Tech Pilot

One of the least expensive parts of the $1 trillion infrastructure measure signed into law by President Biden on Nov. 15 could have long-lasting impact on how Americans pay for roads, bridges and mass transit Click here to read more. … Continue reading

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Veterans Carry Commitment to Service into Auto Glass Industry

Heroes are among us. They served in times of war and in times of peace. They kept the nation safe from enemies, foreign and domestic, and upheld the values of the oaths they swore to the U.S. They are our … Continue reading

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Vaccine Rule for Larger Employers, Federal Contractors and Certain Health Care Workers to Take Effect January 4

The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4. Click here to read more.

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Chinese CEOs Tell How They Manage in US

When its Chinese parent company invited all the managers of Phoenix Paper in Wickliffe, Kentucky, to visit China prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one manager, an American, was fearful. After he returned to the U.S., he told people that the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Impacts Drivers State-By-State

Mojio recently released a new project that examines COVID-19’s impact on driving behavior. The project analyzes vehicle usage, which has decreased since the virus began to spread according to the company’s data, at both nationwide and state-by-state levels. Mojio designs, … Continue reading

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