September/October  2003

    repair news

Connecticut Board Considers Development of Repair License
The State of Connecticut’s Auto Glass Work and Flat Glass Work Examining Board, which reports to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, reviewed information from various sources on July 25 as it debated whether to develop a limited license for auto glass repair work under its new auto glass licensing program. Among items on the agenda for the meeting, held at the Connecticut State Capitol, was the review of a letter from Glas-Weld Systems president Thomas Spoo, along with several editions of the National Windshield Repair Association’s bi-monthly newsletter and a controversial study conducted by Solutia Inc. (and commissioned by the Independent Glass Association) titled “The Evaluation of Windshield Repairs” (see page 56 for more information). The study addresses the safety of windshield repairs.

The board discussed the possibility of developing the limited license for repair after reviewing the aforementioned correspondence, but did not plan to reach a conclusion until its next meeting, to be held September 26 in the same location. The license would cost approximately $75, according to the Department of Consumer Protection, and would license repair technicians as “licensed journeymen.”

NWRA Announces 2004 Conference Dates
NWRA board member Paul Gross talks with a 2003 attendee. The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), based in Harrisburg, Pa., has announced the dates and location for its 2004 conference. The conference will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Radisson Hotel Orlando, January 17-18, 2004. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Mobile Tech Expo, which will be held at the same hotel January 16-18.

Among the items on the agenda for the conference are some roundtable discussions, technical presentations regarding windshield repair and displays from manufacturing members. In addition, a cocktail party will be held on Saturday, January 17.

In other news at the NWRA, the association has expanded its website referral service to list all its member shops, their contact information and addresses for consumers searching for a repair company near them. 

In addition, for those shops with websites, the NWRA site links directly.

Info, or contact the NWRA at 717/985-1501.

SuperGlass Hits 222
SuperGlass Windshield Repair Inc., based in Orlando, Fla., has added its 222nd location in Bucks County, Pa. The location is managed by Randy Kobzina. In addition, #221 opened in Youngstown, Ohio, with Mike Wroblewski at the helm, and #220 in St. Charles, Mo., with Dave Juengst in charge. SuperGlass also opened its most westward franchise in Las Vegas in February.

Gerry Keinath, founder of Novus Inc., passed away on Wednesday, July 30. He also was known as the founder of windshield repair. No further details were available at press time, but AGRR extends its condolences to the Keinath family ... Erie Insurance Group of Erie, Pa., recently published its Summer 2003 issue of in•sync magazine, in which it encourages its policyholders to seek repairs instead of replacements for cracks six inches or less in length. “Up to 70 percent of all glass damage is repairable … and successful repairs virtually vanish,” writes the magazine. 

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