Carlite Business Sold to Central Glass Co. Ltd.
Japan-based Central Glass Co. Ltd. and Zeledyne LLC have signed a definitive
agreement for “the proposed purchase of certain assets owned by Zeledyne
LLC.” Among the assets included in the proposed sale are Zeledyne’s Nashville,
Tenn., plant, which manufactures auto glass for both the OE and aftermarket
segments; and the Carlite aftermarket replacement glass business, according
to statements from both companies.
According to the announcement, the two companies expect the sale to close
early this year. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
“With the signing of these agreements, Zeledyne and Central Glass begin
the final phase of negotiations on details associated with the proposed
sale,” wrote Zeledyne in its January 2011 statement. “No timetable has
been announced for these confidential negotiations.”
Zeledyne spokesperson Della Dipietro advised the agreement to sell came
as a result of the continued downturn in the economy.
“Despite aggressive cost-cutting and operational improvements Zeledyne
has been unable to achieve its performance objectives, in part due to
the severe economic downturn,” Dipietro told AGRR™ magazine.
The company’s operations in Tulsa, Okla., and Juarez, Mexico, along with
its Allen Park, Mich., headquarters were not included in the announcement.
As the sale has not yet been completed, for now it’s business as usual
“There’s no immediate impact,” said Dipietro.
Central Glass owns Central Saint-Gobain Ltd., Japan Tempered and Laminated
Glass and Carlex Glass Co., among several other subsidiaries. The Nashville
facility would be Central Glass’s second in Tennesee, as Carlex is based
in Vonore, Tenn.—just under 200 miles away from Nashville.
Likewise, Carlex, which manufactures OE windshields, sidelites, backlites
and sunroofs, shares similar roots with Zeledyne. Carlex was originally
founded as a joint venture between Central Glass and the Ford Glass Division,
before Central Glass gained 100 percent ownership, according to information
from Carlex. Similarly, Zeledyne was formed in 2008 and purchased Ford’s
Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) glass business, along with its Nashville
and Tulsa plants, its Vidriocar subsidiary in Juarez, a warehouse in Lebanon,
Tenn., and the Allen Park offices.
Central Glass officials declined to comment, deferring all media inquiries
JN Phillips Launches GreenShieldSM Windshield Recycling
JN Phillips Auto Glass has launched a program by which company officials
say it will recycle 100 percent of the windshields it replaces. Through
the program, which the company is calling “GreenShield,” the Woburn, Mass.-based
chain collects all of the used windshields from its multiple locations
at a central facility. The windshields are then bulk-shipped to a recycling
facility in the Midwest that has developed a process for pulverizing laminated
auto glass and separating the glass from the PVB.
Upon final processing, the PVB plastic will be able to be used in various
industrial adhesive applications and the processed glass material-often
called “glass cullet”—will be available for use in numerous applications.
“GreenShield is our commitment to the environment. And while it requires
some extra effort and care, we believe it’s worth the investment,” says
JN Phillips president Bob Rosenfield. “Customers have been asking about
windshield recycling for some time and we are very pleased to be able
to offer a solution. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and
our business. We are pleased by the initial reception from the insurance
industry and look forward to working with others in the windshield replacement
process to help keep as much glass and plastic as possible out of landfills.”
The company began researching the process two years ago and, based on
its average annual replacement volume, anticipates the GreenShield program
will save approximately five million pounds of glass and plastic from
landfills each year.
Glass Doctor Parent Dwyer Group Inc. to be Acquired by TZP Capital
The Dwyer Group Inc., the Waco, Texas-based parent company of the Glass
Doctor franchisor, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired
by an investor group led by TZP Capital Partners I L.P., a private equity
fund based in New York. At press time, the $150 million deal was expected
to close by the end of this year, according to Dwyer.
Mark Dawson, president of the Glass Doctor, told AGRR magazine that the
new partnership will allow the Glass Doctor franchise to expand further
in the United States and Canada and hinted at further expansion opportunities
for the Dwyer Group as a whole.
“This will allow us to look at other businesses [in the home services
segment] that complement us,” says Dawson, adding that TZP was an attractive
partner as it has a great deal of experience with franchises.
“They bring a lot of expertise to our company and have a lot of experience
in franchising,” he says. “Anytime you bring in a private equity company
they bring in a lot of expertise.”
Dawson adds that he expects a smooth transition.
“The good thing about TZP is they are committed to keeping key management
in place,” he says. “I will remain as president of Glass Doctor. We see
no changes personnel-wise—if anything we see it growing. We’re very excited
Service AutoGlass Employee Ejected from Vehicle
A 27-year-old delivery person for the Service AutoGlass distribution facility
in Aurora, Colo., was ejected from a company vehicle during a collision
in October, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Trooper Nate Reid advised AGRR magazine that Edward Humphrey of Arvada,
Colo., was traveling northbound on I-25 near Loveland, Colo., on October
19 when traffic slowed for a work zone. According to Reid, Humphrey’s
vehicle then rear-ended a Honda traveling in front of his vehicle, which
forced the Honda into a third vehicle, a tractor-trailer.
“It created an accordion effect,” said Reid. “[Humphrey’s vehicle] continued
northbound into the median and came to rest against a cable.”
Reid advised Humphrey was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from
the 2006 Mitsubishi FE85D. According to the police report, Humphrey was
ejected from the vehicle and “trapped under [his vehicle].” Humphrey was
charged with “careless driving [that] caused bodily injury.”
While Reid did not have further details available about how Humphrey was
ejected, a representative of the tow company that removed the vehicle
from the accident scene says the windshield had separated from the vehicle
in one piece when it was recovered.
“It had the rubber seal around it, but the glass was completely out,”
said a representative of Johnson’s Corner Service Center who identified
himself as Tanner but declined to provide his last name. The Loveland,
Colo.-based company towed the vehicle from the October 19 accident.
He added, “I think [the accident victim] pushed the whole windshield out.
We picked it up as a solid piece of glass.”
The vehicle Humphrey was driving is owned by Elite Auto Glass, a Safelite
company, according to the official police report. Humphrey was taken to
the Medical Center of the Rockies with serious injuries, and, according
to Safelite spokesperson Melina Metzger, he has since been released.
Auto Glass Manufacturer Fined $50,000 for OSHA Violation, Injured Worker,
at Ontario Plant
Pilkington Glass of Canada Ltd. in Toronto was fined $50,000 in November
2010 for a March 2009 incident that violated the Occupational Health and
Safety Act and injured a worker, according to information from the Ontario
Ministry of Labor (OML).
According to the OML, a worker was inspecting windshields on a conveyor
belt at the company’s manufacturing plant in Collingwood, Ontario, on
March 23, 2009, when he dropped a roll of stickers under the conveyor
belt and reached to pick them up.
“The worker’s hand was caught and injured between parts of the conveyor
and a damaged guard,” writes the OML.
An OML investigation following the incident found that the guard was damaged
and did not prevent access to the moving parts of the conveyor, according
to the recently released report, and Pilkington of Canada pleaded guilty
“to failing to replace or repair the damaged guard.”
At press time, company officials had not responded to requests for comment.
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