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1 Ford Launches “Certified Glass Network”
Ford introduced its own “Ford Certified Glass Network” (FCGN) in May for auto glass businesses that work on Ford vehicles. The automaker’s website says the program will help prepare technicians “to meet the highest quality standards for every Ford and Lincoln vehicle glass installation, utilizing equipment procedures and parts.”
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2 Tom Feeney Expands Roles
Tom Feeney, former CEO of the Safelite Group and current executive chairperson of Belron North America, is assuming additional roles in the automotive insurance industry. Editor’s note: Feeney then announced his retirement would take place on June 30.
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3 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 no different,” says Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Driven Brands president and CEO, in the company statement.
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4 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, number five on AGRR’s top retailer list. AGRR editorial director Tara Taffera interviewed Michael Macaluso, executive vice president and group president for Paint, Collision, and Glass for Driven Brands, recently to learn more about the company’s future growth plans.
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5 Industry Reaction Mixed on Ford Certified Glass Network
After Ford’s announcement of its Certified Glass Network, technicians and auto glass shop owners are assessing the pros and cons of the program. Ford Certified Glass Network provides certification with certain requirements to auto glass technicians to install Ford and Lincoln auto glass.
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