One Goes, One Comes: New Company Forms After Acquisition

Former Thompson Auto Glass employee Charlie DiPrima is setting out on his own. DiPrima is opening his own business following Safelite’s acquisition of Thompson Auto Glass.

Safelite finalized the purchase of the New Hampshire-based auto glass services company on January 5, 2024. Thompson Auto Glass was known across New England with locations in Windham, New Hampshire; Brockton, Massachusetts and Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

DiPrima was the vice president of sales at Thompson Auto Glass. When he learned of the acquisition, he began making his own plans.

“I had heard rumors that it was coming,” he says. “So I was pretty prepared on what my plan of action was.  I never wanted to work for Safelite.”

DiPrima decided to start his own auto glass business, Prima Auto Glass, which would emulate the qualities he loved about Thompson Auto Glass.

“I like that family atmosphere that we built with Thompson Auto Glass and I think the customers, in general, would rather deal with a local company that has local representatives,” he says.

DiPrima’s not alone in his new venture. Some of the new employees at Prima Auto Glass also previously worked at Thompson Auto Glass.

Prima Auto Glass officially opens March 4. It will be based out of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and plans to provide service up into the lakes region of New Hampshire as well as into the Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, areas.

DiPrima’s goal is capturing the benefits of a locally-owned business with the family atmosphere he loved about Thompson Auto Glass, in turn providing excellent service for his new business’s customers.

“Over the years I’ve built up my reputation and it’s kept to a high standard,” DiPrima says. “I know my customers can depend on me.”

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3 Responses to One Goes, One Comes: New Company Forms After Acquisition

  1. John B. Dale says:

    I understand businesses selling, but isn’t Safelite starting to become a trust?

  2. I love this for you Charlie! I salute you insisting on keeping it LOCAL. Wishing you all the best in this adventure.

  3. Amen be thankful they did not get you caught up in the sale and then a non-compete!! I can tell you that if anyone ever comes to buy me , less I a personally getting 5-10 million I will not sign a non compete.

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