Safelite to Move East Coast Distribution Center to New
Facility in Georgia
Safelite® Group will be moving its main East Coast distribution center
from Enfield, N.C., to a new 357,000-square-foot facility in Braselton,
Ga. The new distribution center is expected to become operational in September,
and will be its largest to date (and parent company Belron’s largest in
The facility will support distribution to states east of the Mississippi
River. The new facility is 36 percent larger than the distribution center
in Enfield, allowing for storage of 250,000 windshields and 90,000 other
vehicle glass parts, according to the company.
As a result of the move, Safelite will be restructuring the Enfield distribution
center, which is connected to its manufacturing plant. The company says
it will retain its manufacturing operations there, along with 288 employees
in that capacity, and the current distribution center in Enfield will
now serve as a warehouse, and some of the distribution center employees
will move to the manufacturing part of the facility.
“We considered maintaining our East Coast distribution center operations
in Enfield, which are adjacent to the manufacturing plant, but because
of the inability for us to further expand in that location we had to consider
new options,” says Tom Feeney, president and chief executive officer of
Safelite explored several options for the facility, according to a company
statement, and looked at various sites along I-85 between Atlanta and
Charlotte “in areas that would allow for more efficient and lower-cost
transport of manufactured glass to points east of the Mississippi River.”
Safelite officials say they plan to expand 12 more warehouses in 2010,
though details were not available at press time.
EFTEC Aftermarket Sold to Dutch Company
The EMS Group, which previously owned industry supplier EFTEC Aftermarket,
has sold its aftermarket adhesive division to a Dutch company, Facilitas
Bergeyk B.V. Specific terms of the purchase were not disclosed, but in
its statement about the sale, EMS notes that the purchase price was a
“high single-digit Euro million figure.” EMS Group will retain its OEM
adhesive division, EMS-EFTEC.
The transfer of ownership has already occurred, and Facilitas has taken
over EFTEC’s production site and logistics center in Lugde, Germany.
In a company statement, EMS notes that this expands the automotive aftermarket
offerings of FACILITAS and that the company has made a long-term agreement
to now supply aftermarket auto glass adhesives to EMS. Likewise, EMS-EFTEC
will continue to supply FACILITAS with its product, which is made in Romanshorn,
EFTEC North America spokesperson Joseph Renzi says no changes are expected
for the way the company operates or for its customers.
“It’s an absolutely huge opportunity for us,” he told AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs.com™.
“We’re extremely excited about it, because we are now expanding our operations.”
SIKA Acquires ADCO’s Replacement Adhesive Systems Business
SIKA AG has announced that its U.S. subsidiary, SIKA Corp., has acquired
the automotive glass replacement business of ADCO Products Inc.
According to a statement from SIKA AG, ADCO will be integrated into SIKA’s
aftermarket business unit in the United States and its industry division
in Canada and Latin America.
As part of the transaction, SIKA acquired the rights to the “Titan” brand
name of auto glass adhesives. Four sales representatives from ADCO’s AGR
division are expected to join SIKA’s existing 21-person sales force, according
to the press release. The names of those moving to SIKA had not yet been
Reid Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Reid Manufacturing Co. in Coopersville, Mich., has become certified to
ISO 9001:2008 standards.
“The system streamlines everything,” says Reid president Jeffrey Cothery.
“We can respond to customers faster, implement changes faster, and manufacture
products faster while we make sure our quality remains extremely high.”
Novus Holds 2010 Super Session in San Diego
Novus Glass franchisees from across the country gathered in early March
in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado to share education and experiences.
The Novus Super Session 2010 featured a number of educational seminars
and an interactive vendor fair, as well as the company’s annual franchisee
The 2010 Novus Awards Banquet also was held during the event. Franchisees
were treated to dinner and cheered on their fellow franchises as director
of national accounts Jim Olson announced the winners. Mark Pixley, George
Lytton and Vanessa Terrell from Sheridan, Wyo. were named Franchises of
the Year, while Gary Fix and family from Mora, Minn., and Rusty and Carrie
Cox from Chehalis, Wash., were announced as the runner-ups. Novus recognized
those who have been in business the longest, including the presentation
of a 30-year award to Paul Torgerson from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
In a recent interview with AGRR magazine, Allan Skidmore, co-executive
chairperson and chief executive officer of TCG International Inc., parent
company of Novus, predicted that more and more auto glass transactions
will take place online in the coming years. Skidmore’s company, which
also owns Speedy Glass, Trans America Glass Network and Shat R Proof,
launched its own site for this, www.windshields.com,
in late 2007.
“A very big change I expect to occur in the next ten years are more
online glass transactions, which are already starting to take place
through Internet media such as windshields.com,”
says Skidmore. “Online glass transactions will form a major
part of the retail glass business. Businesses will need to embrace
this new way of operating to survive. With this change, I still expect
to see the independent family operations existing with the major
operators throughout Canada and United States.”?
Windshields.com offers an auto glass business locator service, quoting
mechanisms and a variety of information about auto glass to consumers.
It also offers an online option for auto glass businesses to sign up to
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