Volume 33, Number 10, October 1998


Safelite Announces Quarterly Results

Safelite Glass Corporation reported total sales of $241.2 million for the quarter that ended July 4, 1998, an increase of 87 percent over the quarter that ended in June 28, 1997. The company recorded an operating income of $18.5 million and net income of $3.4 million for the quarter, compared with operating income of $14.7 million and a net income of $5.1 million from the corresponding quarter in 1997. The company attributed the decrease in net income to $4.5 million in restructuring and integration costs resulting from the Vistar merger and $4.8 million in increased interests costs.


Glass Technology Offers Free Training

Glass Technology of Durango, CO, has announced that it will be conducting free one-day training seminars for the windshield repair industry. According to the company, the classes will provide hands-on education in every aspect of windshield repair for everyone from the most experienced operator to the newest technician. The classes will be conducted on the second and fourth Fridays of every month at the company’s headquarters in Durango, CO.


Duncan Breaks Ground in Elkhart

Duncan Systems Inc. of Elkhart, IN, has broken ground on a 52,000-square-foot building project in Elkhart. The complex will contain an expanded customer service call center, administrative offices and additional warehouse space. The company says it plans to open as many as six more distribution sites within the next year.


DCM Distributes A.R.E. Cap Doors, Windows

A.R.E., Inc. of Massillon, OH, has chosen DCM Company of Elkhart, IN, to distribute its truck cap replacement doors and windows. DCM says the replacement doors and windows will enable glass shops to restore caps to their pre-accident conditions.


Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Opens New Location in Pennsylvania

Cindy Rowe Auto Glass of Middletown, PA, has expanded with the opening of a store in Hanover, PA. The new store, which is the company’s ninth location in Central Pennsylvania, will offer windshield repair, auto glass replacement and paintless dent repair. The store will also serve as the base for mobile glass service in the Gettysburg and Hampstead areas and Westminster, MD.


VIN Program Used as Crime Deterrent

A vehicle anti-theft program administered by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance provides funding to etch vehicle identification numbers (VIN) on consumer cars. The program, called Watch Your Car, makes it difficult for car thieves to continue their current practice of changing a stolen vehicle’s identity by switching the VIN plates on the vehicle. The VIN etching system consists of permanently embedding each vehicle’s 17-character number onto each glass surface.


High-Tech Security System Won’t Affect Technicians

Skynet 2001, an enhanced version of UK-invented Skynet 2000 that utilizes high-tech equipment to protect a vehicle and its passengers from danger, will not affect the work of either repair or replacement technicians, according to Thomas Wilmot, chief executive officer of Peripheral Connections Inc.

According to the company, Skynet equips a vehicle with an invisible net of radio, electrical, mechanical, ultrasonic, telematics and ever-present satellite protection that continually monitors the vehicle. The company says a lone motorist is protected within 15 seconds of being attacked. Wilmot bought Skynet 2000 from receivership, added more protection and is replacing existing vehicle security systems. His enhanced version can instantly convey a driver’s medical essentials to doctors at a crash scene. It also alerts police and the nearest hospital when an accident occurs.

Skynet 2001 operates by satellite and mobile phone throughout Europe, the Middle East, America and beyond.


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