Latest News in Auto Glass

  • Abra Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based damaged vehicle repair company, announced today the opening of their newest franchise in Greeley, Colo. This repair center, formerly known as Weld County Garage, is the twenty-third franchise operating under the ABRA brand, according to an Oct. 31 MarketWatch report.

  • Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., China's largest automotive glass maker, is no longer interested in investing in U.S. auto glass assets, according to an Oct. 24 Reuters report. The news comes as the manufacturer announced it would most likely not reach its expected net profit goal of $146.3 million this year.
  • Steve Miggo has joined Belron US, Columbus, Ohio, as senior vice president of human resources and leadership development, according to a release. Miggo joins Belron US from Limited Brands, where he served for the last three years as associate vice president of human resources. Prior to that he served as vice president of human resources for Elmer's Products Inc. for seven years, where he was...
  • Officials of PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, announced Oct. 1 that the company has completed the sale of its automotive glass and services business to a new company formed by funds managed by Kohlberg & Company, LLC, Mount Kisco, N.Y. The new company is named Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC.PPG received approximately $270 million in net proceeds from the transaction, which included customary closing...
  • Safelite Solutions, Columbus, Ohio, has promoted three of its employees to strategic account manager positions throughout the country, according to a Sept. 29 company release.Kent Henry of Louisville, Ky.; Howard Mabin of Northfield, Ohio; and Andrea Taylor of Colchester, Conn., were recently promoted to strategic account managers and will be responsible for effectively managing Safelite...
  • The future is clear for the Glass Doctor of Greater Cincinnati franchise, which opened for business despite being without power due to recent storms caused by Hurricane Ike, according to a Sept. 29 FranchiseWire.com report.Located at 4806 Interstate Drive in Cincinnati, Glass Doctor offers mobile residential, automotive and commercial glass services to Butler, Clemont, Hamilton and Warren...
  • Union workers at PPG Industries' Creighton auto glass plant on Saturday rejected a 3-year contract extension from the company, according to a Sept. 28 Valley News Dispatch report. In an e-mailed statement, the company said it was "disappointed" with the vote. PPG is negotiating to sell the plant, located in East Deer, to the private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. LLC., of Mt. Kisco, N.Y...
  • Safelite AutoGlass, Columbus, Ohio, recently selected Kevin Sweatman, a mobile pro specialist in Lakewood, for the company's top annual award: the Wall of Fame.The Wall of Fame award is the most prestigious award that can be earned at Safelite AutoGlass, and it recognizes less than one percent of the company's more than 9,000 employees nationwide, according to a Sept. 28 report from The Post-...
  • Windshields.com officials announced that the Mercer Island, Wash., company has begun to partner with insurance companies to implement a new tool that will show insureds’ deductible versus market pricing, according to a release. Windshields.com is in discussions and test-mode with numerous insurance carriers to bring this value-added function to their current Web sites.“We do not want...
  • John Grimaldi has joined Safelite, Columbus, Ohio, as general manager for the Tucson market, where he will be responsible for leading a team of 50 employees in five locations that serve more than 24,000 customers each year.Grimaldi began his career in the vehicle glass industry 20 years ago as an auto glass technician. He previously held positions at Safelite AutoGlass, most recently as the...
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  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....
  • The National Glass Association \ Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce the election of Bryan Bush to the office of chairman of the board. Bush, of City Glass Co., Omaha, Neb., has served on the board since 2010. Bush took the office of chairman on Sept. 11, 2014, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term.“Our...
  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company...