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1 Safelite Buys the Assets of Lee & Cates Auto Glass
The auto glass division of the 94-year old Lee & Cates Glass has been sold to Safelite Auto Glass. The third generation family-owned business is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and has ten locations.
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2 Calibration Service Launched by Pilkington
NSG Group’s Pilkington North America Aftermarket Glass Replacement business unit recently announced the launch of The Calibration People™. It’s a new service that is designed to provide additional access to remote and local calibration and for auto glass installers. (See page 44 for more info).
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3 Class Action Suits Hits Kia Over Alleged Defective Windshields
Yandery Sanchez has become the lead plaintiff in a class action complaint, filed in Central California, against Kia Motors America Inc. Sanchez alleges Kia is responsible for knowingly selling defective windshields. Sanchez states the allegedly defective windshields crack, chip and/or fracture spontaneously.
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4 Incorrect Glass Parts Plague the Industry
The rate at which glass shops are receiving wrong glass parts seems to be on the rise, an AGRR magazine survey shows. But before you start accusing the manufacturers and distributors, there is a whole host of blame to go around—including consumers (who have no idea if they have a lane departure system in their vehicle, for example). As a result, sometimes the wrong glass part is ordered, causing delays and frustrations.
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5 Former TruRoad Exec Forms Collision Repair Company
Rich Harrison has a new job. The co-founder and senior manager of TruRoad, and prior to that COO for Safelite, has announced the formation of CollisionRight, a regional multi-shop operator of auto body services in the Central United States. Harrison will serve as CEO. The Dallas private equity firm of CenterOak Partners has provided funding. TruRoad was owned by CenterOak until it was sold to Safelite in August 2019.
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