May/June  2001

WGRReports     repair news

NWRA Subcommittee Makes Recommendation After Much Debate
The National Windshield Repair Association’s (NWRA) Long Crack Subcommittee reached an agreement on a recommendation for long crack repair during the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, February 4-6. “After the committee conducted a number of tests, the committee members could not come to a consensus as to the results,” said committee chairperson Rich Campfield of Ultra-Bond. “Therefore, the best alternative was to use the only standard for testing windshields available, which is the ANSI/SAE Z 26.1, and to include text that meets the objectives of a crack repair, which is to seal the laminate and to remain clear of refraction in the field.”

This recommendation will now move on to the Recommended Practice Committee of the NWRA for consideration. Jackie Newman, chairperson of the that committee, said she is grateful for all of the time the Long Crack Subcommittee has spent on this issue. “These dedicated people gave freely of their time and collective knowledge to benefit the members of NWRA,” Newman said.

NWRA president Dave Taylor echoed her happiness. “I am gratified that we have reached an agreement,” he said. “Richard Campfield and Jackie Newman provided great leadership for the issue.”

Once the Recommended Practice Committee ratifies the recommendation, NWRA members will have the opportunity to comment on the suggestion.

“I want to publicly thank the subcommittee members for their diligent and successful efforts,” added Taylor.

NWRA Elects Board Members for the Coming Year
At its annual conference in Las Vegas, the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) elected its board of directors for the coming year. The following members were elected: Jim Pottorf, Liquid Resins International Ltd.; Dee Berge-Morse, Dee’s Windshield Repair; Dave Casey, Super Glass Windshield Repair; and, Bill Batley, Novus Windshield Repair Co. In addition, the board re-elected the following officers: president, Dave Taylor, Cindy Rowe Auto Glass; vice president, Dee-Berge Morse, Dee’s Windshield Repair; secretary, Bill Batley, Novus Windshield Repair; and, treasurer, Walt Gorman, A-1 Windshield Repair. Also, Gil Rucker of Atlas Windshield Repair in Birmingham, Ala., was nominated to serve on the NWRA board of directors, although he was not elected.

California News Station Features Windshield Repair
Dee’s Windshield Repair of Westminster, Calif., made the news on January 26. Dee Berge-Morse, owner of the shop, was interviewed by the city’s Channel 7 news about windshield repair and the importance of visiting windshield repair technicians that are certified the National Windshield Repair Association.

Former Owner of Glass Medic North America 
Founds New Company

Dave Schuh, former owner of Glass Medic North America, prior to its ownership by Belron and Safelite, has formed WSR Manufacturing Inc. in Eden Prairie, Minn. Ed Tingley, former director of the Harmon Glass Technical Center and former head of Research and Development for Novus Windshield Repair, joins Schuh as a partner in the business. The company will provide a full line of windshield repair products, including resins, tools and technology-related products and services to independent glass shops, as well as repair specialists.

“Our company may be a new name in glass repair, but we’re familiar faces to many in the business,” Schuh said.

Tingley agreed. “We have experience with almost every type of equipment used in repair, from electric to hand vacuum pumps, to various bridge type devices,” he said. “Likewise, we understand the keys to providing appropriate resins. This experience gives us the unique ability to answer and fully support our customers.”

Clear Star Products Develops
Glass Headlight Repair Kit
Clear Star Products Inc. of Hauppauge, N.Y., has developed a repair kit for repairing glass headlights, which it suggests auto glass repair technicians employ to offer an add-on service to their customers. According to the company, stone-damaged glass headlights are as common as a broken windshield and present even more of a safety hazard, particularly in night driving, wet weather and snow, which can allow water to enter the headlight and cause its inner bulb to burn out.

To use the system, a casting chamber is mounted over the damage and fills it with a resin. The company says the headlight’s housing does not even need to be removed to employ this unique repair system.


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