Volume 8, Issue 5 - September/October 2006

WGR Reports
epair News

NWRA Develops Plan
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) board of directors recently attended a retreat to design a strategic plan for the association. 

During the two-day meeting, the board members reviewed survey responses from the membership on the direction and activities of the group, and used the input to develop a number of new programs. 

The association also has a new Web address, www.nwrassn.org, and a new logo.

NWRA will be holding a special update luncheon Saturday, November 4 at the Fall Conference in Las Vegas to update members on the changes. This will include a review of recent changes in the NWRA bylaws.

The group also has set up a new set of memberships.

Regular membership is available to companies actively engaged in windshield or flat glass repair that are not a supplier to the industry.

Multilevel membership is available to companies actively engaged in the development of new windshield repair opportunities, including franchisors, manufacturers of repair systems or products, third party administrators and billing services.

Supplier membership is available for companies that supply goods, products or services to companies in the windshield repair industry. 

Associate membership is available to insurance companies, trade associations and others with an interest in windshield or flat glass repair. 

The group has a new mission statement.

The mission of the National Windshield Repair Association is to:

• Promote and develop the legitimacy of windshield repair as the first option for glass;
• Provide and promote best practices for those engaged in windshield repair;
• Provide the public with benefits of repair;
• Provide education, resources and information about repair;
• Develop and promote qualified, ethical repair practices:
• Serve as an advocate for the windshield repair industry before government and other regulatory groups.

ROLAGS Committee Meeting
The Repair of Laminated Auto-motive Glass Standard (ROLAGS) Committee is scheduled to meet in Denver on September 12-13 to continue reviewing comments made about the draft standard. 

The Comments Subcommittee has been composing replies to the over 150 comments received on the proposed standard for automotive glass. Every answer must be reviewed and approved by the full ROLAGS committee before the answers to the comments can be mailed out to those who made them. 

Licenses Expired in CT
Licenses for technicians in Connecticut who hold a temporary automotive glass repair limited contractor or limited journeyman expired on August 31. 

To keep a license active, technicians must contact the Connecticut Department of Consumer Pro-tection, Occupational and Profes-sional Licensing Division 165, Capitol Ave. Room 110, Hartford, Conn. 06106, phone: 860/713-6135 or 860/713-7230 to get the license renewed.

Erie Insurance Takes On “Glass Harvesters”
Motorists who are insured by Erie Insurance recently received their copy of InSync, the insurer’s quarterly newsletter, and it might interest members of the industry to know that the insurance company is introducing the phrase “glass harvester.”

In the issue, the insurance company defines the phrase as “people who position themselves at gas stations, car washes and even county fairs and try to convince motorists to have windshield repair work performed.”

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