Latest News in Auto Glass

  • Asahi India Glass Ltd posted a quarterly loss, hurt by foreign exchange fluctuations and a hike in fuel prices, it said in a statement on Wednesday, according to a July 30 Reuters article.
  • PPG Industries’ automotive glass and services business, which is under contract to be sold to a new company being formed by Kohlberg & Co., LLC, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and PPG, will begin using the name “Pittsburgh Glass Works,” effective Aug. 1, 2008. The newly-formed business will continue using the name following closure of the transaction with Kohlberg & Co. that is...
  • Officials of Apogee Enterprises, Minneapolis, indicated the company would sell its 34 percent interest in PPG Auto Glass following the completion of its sale to Kohlberg & Co. LLC, Mount Kisco, N.Y., later this year, according to a July 28 MarketWatch.com report."With PPG's agreement to sell a majority interest in its automotive glass and services businesses, expected to close in the...
  • As more Japanese companies expand by making large acquisitions abroad, some are finding they are missing a key element of success: a top executive who can bring together diverse domestic and foreign operations. … Joining the list more recently is Stuart Chambers, a former chief executive of U.K. glassmaker Pilkington PLC that two years ago was acquired by a rival only half its size, Japan'...
  • Chinese automotive windshield manufacturer Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. will open its first facility in Michigan in September, in an 80,000-square-foot warehouse space in Orion Township.The company signed a long-term lease with Ashley Capital, which owns the two-building, 800,000-square-foot Orion Commerce Center. The space is to be used as a distribution facility, according to a July 23 report...
  • The Glass Doctor of Lawton is now nationally accredited by the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSS). The full-service glass shop has agreed to adhere to the AGRSS standards, the only established standard for windshield replacement procedures."Our goal is to provide the utmost quality of service for our customers, so we are excited to be in this select group of glass shops...
  • Bryan Kirby has become manager, customer service, for PPG automotive replacement glass, succeeding William Horvath, who recently retired after 31 years of service with PPG Industries, Pittsburgh.Kirby joined PPG in 1998 as a chemical engineer for the chloralkalai and derivatives business and held various engineering positions before becoming design engineer in 2002 for the group. In 2003, he...
  • Abra Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based damaged vehicle repair company, announced today the opening of their fifth repair center in metro Milwaukee. Located at 14750 West National Avenue in New Berlin, this is Abra's ninety-second repair center in 11 states, according to a July 21 StreetInsider.com report.
  • With a new CEO in place and the backing of a large international parent, Columbus-based Belron US Inc. is planning to double in size over the next five years, according to a July 18 Columbus Business First report.The auto glass maker and installer, formerly Safelite Group Inc., has a blueprint to reach its goal, and company officials say they are in negotiations to acquire several competitors....
  • For the second time in less than a year, a new buyer has been found for the PPG Canada windshield factory in Hawkesbury. However, uncertainty continues to hang over the plant, one of the largest industries in the district, according to a July 18 Tribune-Express report.A decision on the fate of the local operation will likely be taken in the fall.
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