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Supplement, Fall 1999

 

PARTNERSHIPS

Glass Mechanix Enters Agreement to Supply Patented Power Vac System

Safelite Auto Glass of Columbus, OH, and Glass Mechanix of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, have entered into an agreement that will give Safelite exclusive rights to use Glass Mechanix’s injectors and mounting brackets in the United States, according to industry sources. The agreement will prohibit The Glass Mechanix from exhibiting at glass-related trade shows, but it will not preclude it from selling its Power Vac system, injectors and mounting brackets to independent repair technicians. It will also will not affect technicians using those products.

While Safelite would not comment on the agreement with Glass Mechanix, marketing manager Dee Uttermohlen did say, “We use repair processes and tools from a number of different vendors both domestic and international to put together a repair system. We try to find the most state of the art part from any manufacturer and work that in to make the repairs as high quality as possible.”

 

INNOVATIONS

Chase’s New Lease Covers
Windshield Repair

Chase Auto Finance, a division of Chase Man-
hattan Bank, is offering a No Excess Wear and Tear Lease that will cover things such as repair of glass stars. According to the company, this feature of the lease will waive up to $1,500 in excess wear and tear damage costs at the end of the lease. The company says it decided to implement the lease for customers, who are anxious about being billed for minor scratches at the end of their lease.

 

Glas-Weld System Passes
British Standards

Glas-Weld Systems of Bend, OR, announced that the British Standards Institution confirmed that the scratches removed with its system are distortion free. The company’s European distributor, Glas-Weld Systems (UK) Ltd., had earlier submitted the scratch removal system to the British Standards Institution for the testing of optical distortion and deviation. In addition, the company said more than one thousand of its scratch removal systems are now being used worldwide.

 

KUDOS

Teenagers Earn Cindy Rowe Awards

Shawn Gollatz of Millersville, PA, received the first Cindy Rowe Auto Glass young entrepreneur award. Gollatz, who is a senior at Penn Manor High School, received the $2,500 award for his development of Jest Entertainment, a company that provides magic shows, strolling balloon art and other related services.

Taking home the second and third prizes were Shawn Himmelberger of Port Clinton, PA, and Jason Smith of Hanover, PA. Himmelberger was awarded $1,000 for Mud’s Lawn Care, which provides lawn mowing, maintenance, hauling and snow removal. Smith, the $500 prize winner, owns and operates Jason M. Smith Seed Sales and General Farming. It has activities that include selling seed and firewood, cutting wood and farming 65 acres of  land.

The Cindy Rowe Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program is a new program designed to encourage visionary spirit and hard work among teenagers. It rewards high school seniors in the Central Pennsylvania region who have developed and ran a business during the past three years.

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