Three Cities, Three Days: Mygrant Takes East Coast Tour with Open Houses
October 22, 2009

Mygrant Glass is holding open houses along the East Coast at several of its warehouses this week. The company, along with several vendors, started at its Morrisville, N.C., location on Tuesday, October 20, where it held an open house for local shop owners and their staffs. Last night, the group held a similar event in Richmond, Va., and tonight they will wrap up at their location in Baltimore, Md.

The events have been held from 5-8 p.m. on the warehouse floor of each location with a variety of table top displays from suppliers such as Equalizer Industries, Mainstreet Computers, Delta Kits, AEGIS Tools International, Quest Software, AGC, Dow Automotive, Irwin Industrial, Sika Corp., ADCO and more.

Quest Software representative Rob Rust pointed out that while many company owners attend national events, oftentimes the installers are not able to get away, making such regional events particularly valuable to auto glass businesses.

"Today's installer is tomorrow's owner," said Rust.

Rust, who was displaying the company's software offerings, including its recently launched GlassQuote Enterprise, reported that the company recently expanded and added 63 employees as part of a Michigan initiative to revive the economy, and added a second location 2 miles from its headquarters in St. Johns, Mich.

Equalizer's Gilbert Gutierrez provided a presentation on some of the company's new launches, including its interior paint protectors, the Stingray, and Milwaukee digital inspection camera.

He pointed out that the company's Stingray is its lightest weight Express tool, and that it's both ergonomical and economical for technicians. Gutierrez also presented the company's one-man setting device.

"We all need a little help every once in awhile," he said.

Delta Kits Inc. account executive Korey Gobin also was on-hand, displaying the company's latest. The company just introduced the HX1000 Heat X-Changer, which works as a heat sink, removing heat from the glass and transferring it into the tool.

Dow Automotive displayed its O°ne Clear EZ Kit, which contains the material for eight windshield replacements and has a one-hour safe drive-away time. It can be used in conditions above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sika Corp. promoted its SikaTack®-QUATRO, a one-component, cold-applied, fast curing, non-conductive, black primerless to glass, "All-in-One" modulus polyurethane. Company officials say it is easy to use due to its easy extrusion, short cut-off sting and non-sag properties, and is available in both a standard 24-cartridge Super Kit carton and a DAY PAK.

A.N. Designs displayed its UltraWiz UltraThin Paint Protection Blades, which are coated with a special resilient, durable coating, designed to reduce the risk of scratches and paint damage while cutting out windshields with exposed pinchwelds.

Gold Glass Group featured its line of part-specific mouldings, which includes more than 700 windshield and backlite mouldings.

Mygrant's Jean Pero, a member of the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council, discussed the validation program with attendees. Validations are due to begin in early November, and several attendees from the Richmond area reported that they have been notified that they'll be among the first validated during the month of November.

Mainstreet Computers featured its Glas-Avenue 8.0 software solutions.

ADCO displayed its Titan line of adhesives.

Mygrant opened the Richmond location earlier this year. Tonight, the company will host another open house in Baltimore from 5 to 8 p.m. The Baltimore facility is located at 1327 Western Avenue.

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