Industry Heads to Sunny Florida for
National Auto Glass Show
by Penny Beverage
As the rest of the world heads into fall temperatures, the auto glass
industry will be heating up, as it visits sunny Marco Island, Fla., for the 2002
National Auto Glass Conference and Expo.™ The show, which is sponsored by the
National Glass Association (NGA), will be held September 25-28, 2002, at the
Marco Island Marriott Resort.
The show will kick off with a golf tournament on Wednesday, September 25,
at 8 a.m.
At 4:30 p.m., Harley Davidson’s former director of communications, Ken
Schmidt, will take center stage as keynote speaker. He will discuss how he
helped to restore his former employer’s image and to create demand for its
motorcycles, as applicable to the auto glass industry. A cocktail reception,
co-sponsored by PPG and NGA, will follow.
After an evening of networking, participants will get back to work on Thursday, September 26, with several seminars.
Several members of the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSS),
including chairperson Cindy Minon-Ketcherside of J.C.’s Glass in Phoenix, Deb
Levy, publisher of AGRR
magazine, and Carl Tompkins, western states manager for Sika Corp. and an AGRR
columnist, will discuss the standard and how it will be implemented throughout
Afterwards Doug Linderer of Go-Glass in Salisbury, Md., Chuck Lloyd of
Livgard and Rabuse in Minneapolis and Bob Beranek of Automotive Glass
Consultants will join in for more discussion on how to use AGRSS to promote your
business and how to use AGRSS advertising to your shop’s advantage.
Daryl Allegree of Universal Underwriters Group will be on-hand to
represent the insurance industry, and he will provide a seminar, “Ouch! That
Hurts,” on how to avoid accidents and reduce liabilities when accidents occur.
The discussion will focus largely on OSHA requirements and how they are helpful.
Likewise, Allegree will give examples of some companies that are using new
training methods to avoid accidents.
On Friday morning, Bartlestone Glass’s Ed Fennel will moderate a
discourse called “Problems of the Industry Regarding Pricing and Billing.”
Participants will include Lloyd, Catherine Howard of National Auto Glass
Specifications International (NAGS) in San Diego and Kurt Muller,
president/owner of Auto Glass Express in Plainville, Conn., and president of the
board of directors of the Independent Glass Association.
The industry will welcome one of its counterparts in the car-manufacturing
industry, Richard Knoles, supervisor of the crash-development center for Ford
Motor Co. Knoles will attempt to demonstrate the importance of the crash
development program in product development.
At 1 p.m. on Friday, Beranek and Gene Nichols of Guardian Auto Glass will
hold “Productivity in the Industry as an Auto Glass Technician.” The two
will discuss how to achieve high productivity levels in an auto glass shop
without sacrificing quality or safety.
Paul Almeida, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, will follow with
“Strategy for Profitability.” The Washington, D.C.-based business professor
will discuss how to analyze your business and the competition, and use both to
Finally, on Saturday morning, Dave Long, an airbag specialist, and Mitch
Becker, technical consultant for ABRA Auto Body & Glass, will talk about how
to protect yourself and your employees from air bag dysfunction on the job.
The Curtain, Please
The auto glass expo will run on Thursday, September 26, and Friday, September 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The following is an overview of some of the products exhibitors will be showing off and unveiling this year.
Creative Extruded Features New
Products, New Sales Staff
Creative Extruded Products of Tipp City, Ohio, will feature ExacTrim™ vehicle-specific mouldings, GripFlex™ on-glass moulding systems and supporting FlexiTrim™ universal moulding, which is marketed by Dayton, Ohio-based Dow Automotive/Essex ARG.
In addition, Creative’s booth will have a new representative, Don
Hetzler, who was just promoted to the position of sales manager for the
company’s market sales team. Hetzler has been with the company for eight years
and most recently served as a manufacturing engineer.
Reid Unveils Cobra Blade
Reid Manufacturing Co. of Southfield, Mich., will be showcasing its quick-release-style cold knives as well as six different replacement blades. The company will also release several new products, including the Cobra blade, which it says is “the only replaceable cold knife blade available with a convex ground edge.”
Clean Plus Displays Variety of
In addition, Clean Plus’s Rugged Gluvs are heavy-duty, protective, disposable gloves available in latex and latex-fee nitrile, both powdered and powder-free. The Rugged Wypes are heavy-duty, multi-purpose cleaning towels designed for tough application.
Sommer and Maca Introduce Strip
Sommer and Maca of Cicero, Ill., will unveil its SOMACA premium strip cutter, which it says ensures a clean score every time. The strip cutter features an oil-fed Toyo 134 Carbide wheel or an optional 154 wheel for scoring thick glass. Ball-bearing guide wheels enable the rigid aluminum frame to move with little effort and accurately, according to the company. In addition, the cutting head and oil reserve slide and lock into position on a recessed scale. The cutters are available in 24, 48 and 72 inches.
Pilkington Shows Off Newest Services
Columbus, Ohio-based Pilkington North America’s auto glass replacement division will feature several new products and services, including its CompleteClaims service, Pilkington Classics replacement glass and its distributorship with Dinol. The CompleteClaims service is an online solution for streamlining the claims process for insurers that the company says reduces administrative costs, increases compliance and efficiency.
Representatives from Pilkington Classics, a Pilkington division, will also
be on-hand to explain how installers can obtain replacement glass for specific
makes and models of classic vehicles and exotic cars. In addition, Pilkington
will provide discussions on windshield quality and safety at its booth.
Finally, Pilkington will promote its exclusive distributorship with Dinol
and how it can help auto glass installers order parts easily.
Equalizer Promotes Array of New
Round Rock, Texas-based Equalizer Industries will promote both its true sine wave inverter and its 2003 catalog. According to the company, the true sine wave inverter is designed specifically for the auto glass replacement industry. Equalizer will demonstrate its use during the event. In addition, the company will allow attendees to sign up to receive one of its 2003 catalogs, which will be available beginning in October.
ADCO Widens Nozzles;
Introduces TITAN 3000HV
In addition, the company will promote the latest addition to its bonding systems family, TITAN 3000HV. TITAN 3000HV is a fast-curing, low-conductive, primerless-to-glass, one-part urethane adhesive designed to provide a 3-hour drive-away installation. Other features of the product include high decking properties, wide-mouth cartridge and a wide nozzle for easy dispensing.
PPG Unveils GLAXIS™
The company has tested the technology in a pilot program with several
companies, including LYNX Services, PPG Auto Glass, and several auto glass
shops throughout the country.
“GLAXIS has enabled several hundred retail glass shops to receive their
work assignments and request authorizations electronically from LYNX
Services,” said Mike Jones, business manager for GLAXIS. “The result
is reduced handle time, improved accuracy and overall lower operating
costs for the shops, highlighted by an average reduction in EDI rejects of
more than 60 percent.”
Most software systems will not need to be modified to work with GLAXIS,
and it is easily adapted when it does need to be modified slightly,
according to Paul Recrosio, strategic account manager for PPG eCommerce
The company hopes the system will allow it to provide more compatible service to its customers and thus help the industry overall.
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