Volume 11, Issue 6 - November/December 2009

WGR Reports
repair news


ROLAGS Committee Meets; Refines Scope and Purpose
The Repair of Laminated Auto Glass (ROLAGS) re-considered the issue of long crack repair during its recent meeting in Atlanta.

The ROLAGS Standard originally covered repair of cracks up to 14 inches, but the committee voted within the past year to change the Standard to cover repairs six inches or less. This has caused some concern from long crack repairers and others who feel the Standard has led to confusion about what size damage can be repaired and who believe that whatever length of crack chosen will be an arbitrary one.

Long crack system manufacturer Rich Campfield of Ultrabond voiced frustration with the current Standard during the recent meeting.

“I see network agreements everyday that cite ROLAGS and cracks over six inches are excluded,” he said.

After much discussion, the Committee voted for three changes to the Standard in an attempt to resolve the long crack
conflict. The votes included:

• A change in the name of the standard to the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard for Damage 6 Inches or Less;

• A change in the scope and purpose of the Standard to deal with repair of damages six inches or less; and

• A reaffirmation that a separate standard be developed for repair of damage greater than six inches.

Though the Committee voted to make these changes to the Standard, the revised Standard must once again be submitted to ANSI for public comment, so the actual change may not take place for some months to come.

Glass Mechanix Restructures; Boyle Named President
Glass Mechanix, now located in Bend, Ore., has restructured its operational model and has named Mike Boyle president, according to a statement from the company. Boyle previously served as president of GlasWeld; the company announced in early August that he had stepped down from that position.

In addition, Glass Mechanix has named Don Gregor sales manager.

Along with its restructuring plans, the company plans to open a training center in Las Vegas later this year. The 4,500-square-
foot facility is designed with dedicated classroom and hands-on workshop spaces for all kinds of glass restoration.

Glass Mechanix also has launched a new division, Scratch Mechanix, which will focus on consulting, training and contracting for solving glass damage issues. Chris Boyle and Tim Gregor will head this division.

Glass Technology Adds Korean Distributor
Glass Technology has a new distributor, Glass Technology Korea in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, which will cover areas throughout South Korea, including Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Gwangiu. The operation opened last month, according to a press release from the Durango, Colo.-based company.

The operation has been in development for the last eight months, according to Glass Technology general manager Rory Most.

“Glass Technology Korea has been developed to establish a certified Korean network for windshield repair and glass restoration
throughout the major metro and some rural areas as the demand and marketing campaigns are established,” adds Most.

Glass Technology Korea also aims to promote green repair and restoration initiatives, for both auto and architectural glass, throughout the country.

The company held a grand-opening event recently, which included live repair demonstrations.

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