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March/April 2004

repair news

NWRA and NGA Agree to Develop ANSI Standard for Windshield Repair

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) and the National Glass Association (NGA) have announced that they have agreed to jointly develop an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for windshield repair. 

The associations also have announced that Peg Stroka, NWRA administrator, will serve as project officer for development of the standard.

The NGA is an organizational member of ANSI. Jim Thompson of ANSI said the association is an accredited member of ANSI but hasn't actually gone through the process of developing a standard yet.

The development of an ANSI standard for windshield repair originally was suggested by Independent Glass Association chief executive officer Tim Smale, who also serves on the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) Council, at the AGRSS Council's September meeting. 

However, the Council decided not to take on repair due to the cost and time involved, along with a desire to maintain its concentration on safe auto glass replacement, as opposed to repair.

The decision to develop an ANSI standard with the NGA was made at a closed board meeting on January 18, and the announcement was made to the total membership later in the day.

“The people out there purchasing windshield repair have a right topurchase from an industry with a standard,” said Dave Taylor, secretary/treasurer of the NWRA.


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