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January/February 2003

WGRReports
    repair news

EXPANSIONS
ABRA Opens New Repair Centers
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, which is based in Minneapolis, is opening two new repair centers in the Minneapolis area. The 14,400-square-feet facility opened in Rogers, Minn., will be managed by John Ekker. The second new center is a relocation of ABRA’s St. Louis Park facility. General manager Matt Feehan and the entire staff of the original location will operate the new 22,500-square-feet repair center.

“We are very excited about ABRA’s continued growth in the Minnesota metro,” said Tim Adelmann, chief operating officer for ABRA. “Both of these new repair centers allow ABRA to better serve our insurance partners and their customers through the convenience of multiple locations, state-of-the-art equipment and the capacity to handle any type of repair.”

Both facilities will also offer auto glass replacement and paintless dent removal.

Adelmann added that the company hopes to expand further in the Minnesota market before the end of 2002 and even more so in 2003.

In addition, the company has also expanded south, with the acquisition of a new repair center in Fayetteville, Ga. The 36,000-square-feet center is the largest of all ABRA’s facilities and was formerly European Body Works.

“European Body Works is well-known in Fayetteville for its high quality of work,” said Andy Ingalls, vice president, ABRA-Georgia. “ABRA was immediately attracted to this operation because the quality of repairs and service supports our mission of being the best damaged vehicle repair company in the country.”

SuperGlass Opens #218
SuperGlass Windshield Repair recently opened its 218th auto glass repair shop in Denver. Dave Casey, president of the company, said #219 is not far behind, with plans for opening another shop in Las Vegas in February 2003. 

SuperGlass is a repair-only franchise based in Orlando, Fla.

RESINS
UV Process Introduces New Curing Lamp
CON-TROL-CURE Chicago-based UV Process Supply has developed the CON-TROL-CURE UV-LED CURE-ALL, a lamp system that it says cures at remarkable speeds, utilizing an array of ultraviolet (UV) LEDs. A universal power wall adapter powers the lightweight, hand-held device. According to the company, even with the power supply attached, the entire unit weighs less than 7 ounces. The CON-TROL-CURE UV-LED CURE-ALL requires no mechanical shutters, gives off little to no heat and has a consistent output lamp life of more than 50,000 hours.


Ultra Bond Offers Long-Crack Resin
Grand Junction, Colo.-based Ultra Bond offers its patented resin for repairing long cracks. According to the company, the resin is extremely durable and qualifies for a four-year warranty to seal the laminate and resist refraction. The company says its own shop was a 64-percent repair/replacement ratio, excluding the repair of stone breaks.

EVENTS
NWRA 2003 Approaches
The National Windshield Repair Association’s (NWRA’s) annual conference will be held in Las Vegas February 22-23, 2003, at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Discussion and seminar topics will include “Igniting Gorilla Marketing Tactics,” “Selling to the Insurance Industry,” “EDI Billing,” “Better Accounting for Your Business,” “Understanding the Fleet Customer” and “Exploring Add-On Products.” In addition, panels of insurance representatives and network representatives will be on-hand to answer your questions about the insurance and network process as it relates to the windshield repair industry.

For a complete schedule and more information about the conference, see the March/April 2002 issue. 

 

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