AGSC and NWRA to Consolidate

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) and the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) will consolidate into one organization, effective January 1, 2019. Though technically not a merger, NWRA will dissolve and its membership, standards and work products will be welcomed into the newly formed Windshield Repair Division of the AGSC.

“A good third of our memberships overlapped already,” says AGSC vice president Jean Pero. “We are delighted to have the entire auto glass industry under one umbrella. It will enhance the services we can provide as well as our clout.”

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the memberships of both organizations together,” said Troy Mason, NWRA president and a member of the boards of directors of both organizations. “We found that there was a significant overlap in services and a redundancy to some of the things both organizations were doing. Speaking as one stronger voice also helps all of us.”

Mason addressed those companies that are “repair-only” members and do not do replacement.

“There will be a place for all our members in the new organization.  The formation of the Windshield Repair Division will allow all members, including those who do repair only, to have a voice,” Mason said.  He added that the ROLAGS™ and BIS Standards will become part of the new organization as well.

Both memberships will receive more detailed news about the consolidation in the near future.

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. The AGSC was founded and is supported by companies in the auto glass replacement industry that keep safe installation as their primary goal and is an accredited American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards development organization. It has developed North America’s only auto glass replacement standard, the AGRSS™ Standard (ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard 004-2018), which addresses procedures, education and product performance.

The NWRA was organized in 1994 to promote the legitimacy of the windshield repair industry. The NWRA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between its members and provides the public, industry and government with a reliable source of information regarding windshield repair. The NWRA also organizes, at a grass-roots level, campaigns to influence the governmental agencies responsible for establishing regulations for the windshield repair industry.

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