Volume 11, Issue 2 - March/April 2009

WGR Reports
repair news

NWRA Elects New President, New Board Member
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) board of directors recently unanimously elected Mike Boyle, president and chief visionary officer for GlasWeld Inc., to serve as the association’s new president. Paul Syfko, who held the position previously for two terms, was re-elected to the board of directors.In addition, Kerry Wanstrath, president of Glass Technology in Durango, Colo., has been re-elected as NWRA vice president, a position he has held since 2008. 

Jeff Wurst, owner of Crackmaster Windshield Repair in Redding, Calif., was elected serve on the NWRA board. 

Wurst has been in the repair industry for 15 years and operates a repair-only company. A licensed UltraBond technician and NWRA certified technician, the native Californian served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Shasta College near his hometown of Redding, and attended the Wyoming Technical Institute for the auto body and paint trade. ASE-certified for body, fender and paint, Wurst owned and operated a body shop and restoration business in Wyoming for a short time before returning to California.

Gobin Joins Delta Kits; Schlichenmayer Leaves Company

Korey Gobin joined Delta Kits as an account executive in May 2008. In addition, Wade Schlichenmayer, who joined the company in September 2007 as an account executive, has left the company to take an outside sales position in Casper, Wyo. 

In Gobin’s new position, he is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with distributors and overseas customers.

Gobin graduated from Georgia Perimeter College with an associate’s degree in business administration, and continued on at Georgia State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. Since then, Gobin has held positions as a behavioral support specialist, juvenile group worker, and a qualified mental health associate, as well as an employment specialist/vocational trainer.

Schlichenmayer says his new position will place him closer to his family and friends in the Rocky Mountains.

“Delta Kits has been a great place to work and I have made many friends within Delta Kits as well as throughout the auto glass industry,” says Schlichenmayer, who served on the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS) Committee. At press time, he had recommended that Gobin take over his seat on the ROLAGS committee.

ROLAGS Votes to Limit Crack Size to 6 Inches
The Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS) Committee recently voted in favor of decreasing the length of the crack as deemed repairable by the Standard to “6 inches from the center of the damage.” The Standard was developed jointly by the NWRA and National Glass Association.

At press time, the 45-day public comment period, conducted via the American National Standards Institute, was open, and was scheduled to close on February 23.

Z26.1 Sent to ANSI for Approval
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has adopted the Z26.1 standard and pushed it through to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), according to reports from the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA). If passed, the standard would require that anyone other than the original glazing manufacturer be required to catalog work done on auto glass by etching the glass surface.

The standard is expected to be published in early 2009. “The SAE Glazing Materials Committee has approved the changes to the ANSI Z26.1 standard,” says Micheline Brusso, standards specialist for SAE International. “The document has been revised accordingly … we are hopeful that the revised Z26.1 will be issued early 2009.”

The NWRA has spoken out against the standard since it first learned of the etching clause.

“This information is very troubling,” says Patrick Smith, NWRA director of operations. “To our knowledge no person or organization that forwarded comments on the public release of the revised Z26.1 standard has received an answer to their comments.”

NWRA Promotes Sustainability of Repair at GreenBuild

Representatives from the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) recently exhibited at the GreenBuild Show in Boston to promote the green benefits of windshield repair.

Glass Technology president Kerry Wanstrath was one representative who traveled to Boston to represent the NWRA in its booth.

Wanstrath says that most attendees were surprised that windshield/glass repair is available.

“They have no idea that the service even exists,” he says.

Wanstrath, along with GlasWeld president Mike Boyle, provided repair demonstrations in the NWRA booth. Patrick Smith, director of operations for the NWRA, was on-hand in the booth as well.

“[We were there] to promote the glass restoration field to attendees and exhibitors, letting them know that they should try to repair damaged glass before tossing it into the landfill,” Smith says. “The sad thing is that most people we have met do not know that if a piece of glass is damaged it’s repairable.”

He adds, “By exhibiting at this show, though, we were able to tell many, many attendees about this valuable service that is available via the efforts of the NWRA.”

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