Volume 9, Issue 3 - June/July 2007

WGR Reports
repair news

GlasWeld Joins PBI

Bend, Ore.-based GlasWeld has partnered with Polar Bears International (PBI), a volunteer group developed to provide education on polar bears and to support research projects that benefit polar bears. GlasWeld says its partnership with the organization and new corporate membership in PBI is part of the company’s 2007 mission to affect climate change.

“As a company, we have evolved into the realization that lessening our impact on the environment is simply the right thing to do,” says Mike Boyle, GlasWeld president. “We realize that tackling any worldwide environmental issue in its entirety is next to impossible, so we have narrowed down our vision to one thing that people can really get behind—the polar bear.”

As part of the partnership, GlasWeld is offering all its customers a free bottle of G Fusion windshield repair resin when they join PBI at the “friend” level. In other GlasWeld news, Boyle traveled to the International Auto Aftermarket Expo with the company’s Japanese distributor, Car Care Japan, to exhibit at the show.www.glasweld.com www.polarbearsinternational.org

The Repair of Laminated Glass Standard (ROLAGS) currently is under review by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for consideration to become an official ANSI standard. The first public comment period for the standard closed in December 2006, following the initial introduction of the proposed ROLAGS standard, and a second version of the standard was issued earlier this year. 

After the second draft was made public, an additional public comment period was open through April 15. The comments from that period have been incorporated into the current version of the standard. 

ROLAGS was developed jointly by the National Windshield Repair Association and the National Glass Association. www.rolags.com

NWRA to Premier Certification Program; Planning Fall Conference
The National Windshield Repair Association has announced that it will launch a web-based certification program later this year. The program comprises eight modules covering the basics of windshield repair, basic familiarity with the ROLAGS standard, repair terminology, driver’s view, light refraction as related to windshield repair, what kinds of breaks are repairable and proper repair procedures.

Each module consists of an introduction, objective, pretest and post-test. 

“We’re very excited about the program, as it lets members train at their leisure, at their own pace, comfortably and affordably from their own offices,” says NWRA president Paul Syfko.

The association currently is looking for members to demo the program before its official launch.

In addition, the NWRA currently is planning its annual conference, to be held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center November 1-2, 2007. www.nwrassn.org 

Dwyer/Glass Doctor Joins NWRA
The Waco, Texas-based Dwyer Group, parent company of the Glass Doctor, has joined the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) as its first multi-level member. The multi-level membership, created by the NWRA in 2006, allows all franchisees, licensees, etc., of a member company to join NWRA under its umbrella.Daniel Mock, vice president of operations for Glass Doctor, says he believes the membership will be beneficial.

“I feel that NWRA membership will keep [Glass Doctor franchises] at the forefront in the repair portion of their businesses,” he says.

Paul Syfko, NWRA president, says the addition of Glass Doctor to the association is of benefit to the NWRA as well.

“By becoming a multi-level member, Glass Doctor is showing its franchises that it feels membership in the NWRA is a benefit to their business,” Syfko says.

Kerry Wanstrath and Rory Most, president and general manager, respectively, of Glass Technology Inc. in Durango, Colo., traveled to Tokyo to attend the International Auto Aftermarket Trade Show in March. While there, they assisted Glass Technology’s Japanese distributor, Lavenir of Tokyo, and its president, Yoshi Fukunaga, in promoting repair. 

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