AGRReports Jan/Feb 2019

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These were the most-clicked stories since the last issue of AGRR™ magazine. If you’d like to stay up to date on all the AGRR industry news, sign up for AGRR™ magazine’s free business-day e-newsletter at™.

1 Safelite AutoGlass Buys Glasspro

Safelite has purchased another regional powerhouse; Glasspro of North Charleston SC, an 11–location AGRR company owned by Paul Heinauer. The transaction was completed at the close of business January 4, 2019, according to the company.

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2 Mercedes-Benz Releases Windshield Replacement Statement

According to a company press re-lease, Mercedes-Benz USA said it “strongly recommends” using only Mercedes-Benz parts for windshield glass replacements. In the same re-lease, the company mentioned the windshield glass manufactured for its vehicles has particular specifications.

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3 Safelite Solutions VP Gives Insight into Program Changes

Auto glass companies say they have encountered challenges with some of the changes that have been implemented recently through the Safelite Solutions Network. Brian O’Mara, senior vice president, Safelite Solutions, talked to AGRR magazine editorial director Tara Taffera about why they were implemented.

Visit and enter “Safelite Program Changes” into the Search box.

4 HLDI Research Shows Differences Between ADAS Results

With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) rising in consumer popularity, several tests have been performed to prove its value over the years. The High-way Loss Data Institute (HLDI), has been conducting its own studies and has recently published its results. One common conclusion from adding these types of systems to vehicles is the increase in repair costs, according to the report. HLDI results showed the most significant replacement cost is found in the vehicle’s windshield.

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5 Holidays Turned Upside Down Following Fatal Crash

Tragedy struck for one industry family around the Thanksgiving holiday when a car accident resulted in Harry Raymond Guthmiller III’s death. Guthmiller was 34 years old and had been working in the industry at Don’s Mobile Glass in Modesto CA, for just over a year. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Guthmiller, and his three children, Dalila Rose, 4, Jr. 1 and a half, and Jasmin Daisy, 1 month, ac-cording to the family’s GofundMe page.

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Auto Glass Week™ 2019 Dates and Location Announced

September 4-6, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

Auto Glass Week 2019 will be held Wednesday to Friday, September 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Our host hotel is the JW Marriott Indianapolis on 10 S. West Street, which is attached to the convention center.

This is the events’ first foray into the heartland, with the Hoosier capital, a brief drive from 11 metropolitan areas. It will serve as the backdrop for networking events, exhibition floor, educational pro-gram and Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Technician Competitions, as well as the second annual Calibration Competition and third annual Customer Service Representative Competition and so much more.

Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, Cincinnati, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Day-ton, Louisville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Nashville are all within a 4 hour drive or less to our host city of Indianapolis. Account Executive Casey Flores said “We are thrilled to be bringing the event to a region we’ve never been in before. The central location and ease of access will benefit both sponsors and attendees alike.”

Check or fol-low the event on Facebook, or Twitter for all the latest updates regarding exhibit displays, registration and the competitions.

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