Latest News in Auto Glass

  • Officials of Delta Kits Inc.  announced Aug. 15 that the company is expanding to better serve its East Coast and European customers. As part of that effort, Korey Gobin, Delta Kits account executive and the 2010 Windshield Repair Person of the year, will manage East Coast operations."Having spent my windshield repair career in Oregon up to this point, I'm looking forward to being closer to...
  • Guardian Automotive, a business unit of Guardian Industries, opened a new auto-glass distribution center in Tucson, Ariz., according to an Aug. 11 article from the Arizona Daily Star. The 10,000-square-foot Tucson facility employs five people. 
  • Former Sommer & Maca Industries President Paul Donald Maca, 79, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Friday, July 29. In an Aug. 9 Chicago Tribune article, family and friends paid tribute to Maca, highlighting his contributions to his community as chairman of the Robert Crown Health Education Center and as a member on the boards of the Wellness House, a nonprofit...
  • Guardian Automotive opened a new distribution warehouse in Tucson, Ariz., bringing its number of distribution locations to 10 across the United States, according to an Aug. 10 company release. All 10 branches provide day and night local and nationwide delivery service for high quality automotive, truck, bus and RV glass."Our distribution branches also carry a full line of auto glass installation...
  • Officials from Saint-Gobain said the company is confident it will reach its 2011 goals, reporting that net profits rose to EUR768 million ($1.1 billion) for the first half of the year, up 53 percent from the same period last year, according to a July 28 article from the Dow Jones Newswires. Revenue and operating income were also up in the first half. 
  • Asahi India Glass' consolidated net profits experienced a marginal increase of 0.36 percent for the first fiscal quarter, ending June 30, according to a July 27 article from The Hindu Business Line. Total income for the quarter was up 17.81 percent, according to the article. 
  • Matodi USA officials at Intermac.Officials from Biesse subsidiaries Intermac America and Diamut America announced that Matodi USA will serve as sales representative for Intermac machinery and Diamut tooling in the glass industry throughout most areas of North America. Intermac America is a manufacturer of glass and stone fabrication equipment, and Diamut America, a manufacture of tools for CNC...
  • Neil Smith, 66, of Portland, died Friday, June 17, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Neil was one of the founders of Western Windshields, a West Coast auto glass distribution business, before selling to PPG Industries in 1992. He then moved on to another opportunity as one of the founders of GlasPro/Elite Auto Glass before it was sold to Belron in 2005. He was currently working,...
  • Officials of C.R. Laurence announced the opening of its new manufacturing headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif. The 330,000-square-foot facility is the largest CRL facility to date, and brings the company's overall manufacturing and distribution capacity in the area to roughly one million square feet, according to a June 21 release."This new facility reflects upon CRL's...
  • Update: On June 8, Glass Magazine editors obtained a separate letter from Guardian Industries announcing the company had instituted a silver surcharge for all mirror products as well, effective Monday, May 30, 2011. According to the letter from Martin Powell, the surcharge will be levied on a per square foot basis and will be adjusted quarterly."Precious metal prices, including silver, have...
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  • The National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America held the first joint task force meeting in late February to discuss a possible combination of the two industry trade associations. The NGA task force is represented by:Michael Albert, S. Albert GlassAngelo Rivera, Faour Glass Technologies Nicole Harris, NGA President & CEOJerry Jacobs, NGA General Counsel...
  • Task force seeks to work more collaboratively and explore combining the two organizations.The National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America have together appointed a joint task force to optimize service to members of both organizations, and to coordinate advocacy and technical support, along with education and training initiatives for the glass and glazing industry. This...
  • Apogee Enterprises Inc. acquired the assets of privately held Sotawall Inc., a leading designer and fabricator of high-performance, unitized curtain wall systems for commercial construction projects in North America, for approximately $135 million. It will operate as Sotawall Ltd. within Apogee, which provides distinctive value-added glass solutions for the architectural and picture framing...