Top Stories from glassBYTEs.com
These were the most-read stories on glassBYTEs.com since the last issue of AGRR™ magazine. If you’d like to stay cur-rent on all the auto glass industry news, sign up for AGRR magazine’s free business-day e-newsletter at glassBYTEs.com™
1Progressive Issues New Market Pricing
Progressive Insurance recently sent out a notice regarding its new policy on glass market pricing for static, dynamic and dual recalibrations. The auto insurance’s new pricing policy became effective for glass shops at the beginning of the month. Progressive notes that its new rate standards will not impact cur-rent guidelines for repair shops. This move comes eight weeks after glass-BYTEs reported 43 insurance companies, which include MAPFRE, Erie and eight AAA locations, announced new network recalibration pricing.
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2General Motors Posts ADAS Resources
General Motors (GM) recently published a guide for auto glass businesses, auto insurers and consumers on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The recently published document provides a list of available systems, components involved, and when these require a calibration procedure be performed.
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3Auto Glass Related Companies Make Fortune 500 Listing
Fortune 500 magazine ranked the biggest American companies in its June/July 2020 issue, a few of which are related to the auto glass and insurance industries. Several were in the top 100.
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4Safelite Solutions Now Powers MAPFRE Insurance’s Auto Glass Program
Safelite Solutions will soon take over claims administration for MAPFRE Insurance in a Massachusetts auto glass program.
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5Geico Dismisses AOB Fraud Lawsuit Following Settlement
The Central California lawsuit between Geico and Winaffix Auto Glass LLC (WAG) and its owners, Tal Elzari and Navid Vatankhahan has ended. According to court documents, Geico filed a notice of voluntary dismissal, which effectively ends the lawsuit. Both parties agreed t a settlement outside of court; the terms and conditions were not available. The settlement was made after several motions were filed and granted to extend the amount of time allowed for WAG and its owners to respond to Geico’s complaint.
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Uniban Canada Announces New President Maurice Filion
Uniban Canada, a Clairus Group company, recently appointed Maurice Filion as its president. According to the company, Filion will lead the Uniban Canada business and is a proven leader.
“His track record of building strong Canadian retail automotive brands will only enhance our al-ready industry-leading auto glass network,” said Michael Macaluso, Driven Brands paint, collision and glass EVP and group president.
Filion has held a variety of senior positions with Pro Oil Change, now Take 5 Oil Change Canada, according to the company.
“The difficulties posed by our current landscape are undeniable,” said Filion. “However, Uniban Canada’s innovative and swift responses to these challenges have demonstrated that both the corporate team and our group of franchisees are among the best. More than ever, collaboration and teamwork are essential in moving forward and I am thrilled about this new opportunity to work alongside these outstanding individuals.”
Lippert Components Inc. Purchases Glaston Equipment
Glaston Group has closed a deal for a B’CHAMP preprocessing line, a Glaston Matrix serial bending furnace and high-performance laminating equipment with U.S. based Lippert Components Inc., a supplier of components, including glass, to the recreational vehicle industry. The lines will be delivered during the last quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.
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