Documentary about auto glass’s biggest supplier to be released on Netflix

“The locally made documentary about Fuyao Glass America will be released on Netflix Aug. 21.

The film — made by Yellow Springs filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert and their colleagues — follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine.The plant today is the largest single-site auto glass production site on the planet, with about 2,300 workers.”

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If you ever wondered about how the auto glass industry works, this film will give you some insight. If you look at the technological history of Fuyao, you might be surprised to learn some of their innovations that we take for granted these days. Things such as wired glass defrosts, HUD (heads up display) glass, even solar glass! No doubt, they have some exciting things on the horizon.

IAS Auto Glass specializes in getting the right glass replacement for your vehicle. We offer a wide variety of OEM glass options to get your vehicle back on the road. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Mattress comes crashing through NC woman’s windshield

It’s fortunate that the woman only sustained minor injuries. An object that heavy travelling at a high rate of speed is going to make quite an impact. The driver who failed to properly secure the mattress will most likely be apprehended if not already. One things for sure, as the woman says, avoid following vehicles hauling heavy loads unless absolutely necessary. If you’re on a single lane road then make sure to allow for a great distance between your vehicle and the one in front.

If you’ve been in an accident and sustained windshield damage, call the pros at IAS Auto Glass. We offer free mobile service and our rates are competitive. Visit our auto glass service page or dial 952-797-4374 for more information.

Old car windshields may soon be used as 3D printing materials

“Researchers from Poland’s Silesian University of Technology are getting in on the recycling action via 3D printing, and the title of their recently published paper certainly grabs the attention, whether you are a tech buff or not. ‘The Use of Shredded Car Windscreen Waste as Reinforcement of Thermoplastic Composites for 3D (FDM) Printing,’ authored by Piotr Olesik, Mateusz Koziol, Daria Konik, and Jakub Jała, outlines their recent experimentation with shredded windscreen glass in FDM 3D printing.

In beginning their study, the researchers were able to obtain glass powder from ground windscreen glass waste to create a composite for 3D printing filament by adding low density polyethylene (LDPE). The powder still contained the PVB (polyvinyl butyral), however, which is a necessary component to safety glass as a binding resin that adds strength but also some degree of flexibility. By keeping it in the mix they were also able to eliminate the added expense of removal.”

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It’s an interesting concept that might not only be practical but also help to reduce waste from old windshields. 3D printing has seen all sorts of advacements over the last decade. Most notably is the progress made in the medical field as it pertains to 3D printed organs. It’s doubtful that you’ll see old car windshields used for printing out devices for medicine, however, there is certainly potential for other great things.

Speaking of great things, the team at IAS Auto Glass is always eager to help customers with their windshield repair or replacement. Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule service. We also provide mobile service at no extra charge to area residents.

Geico is going after repair shops that submit fraudulent repair bills

“GEICO is redoubling its zero-tolerance policy towards fraud, by filing its second federal lawsuit in Arizona against an auto repair shop that has been suspected of filing fraudulent repair bills.

The insurer alleges that the Advantage Auto Glass repair shop submitted invoices with forged signatures of GEICO’s customers, for repairs that were never even performed. In particular, GEICO alleges that it was billed for repairs associated with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – systems that were not even available on many of the cars being “repaired.”

In addition to billing for services that were not provided, GEICO’s suit alleges that the defendants submitted falsified documents from Arizona automobile dealerships for reimbursement of glass parts that were not purchased.”

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Unfortunately insurance fraud has been a problem across all industries for some time now. If what GEICO claims is true, this particular repair shop had a lot of audacity in filing these fradulent claims. It’s hard to imagine that a reputable business would employ this tactic to save some money. However, it’s best not to rush to judgement as GEICO has been sued in the past for underpayment on legitimate claims.

At IAS Auto Glass, we are a preffered provider for many insurance companies. We help our clients file the necessary and appropriate claims as they are entitled to for auto glass repair and replacement. If you’re in need of auto glass service, contact us at 952-797-4374 to discuss your options.

Cat becomes internet sensation when accidentally shipped from China to an auto glass shop

“A six year old orange tabby has become an internet sensation and made an auto glass company famous in the process. The cat spent three weeks without food or water, after having traveled from Shenzhen, China to the port in Vancouver until she was found inside of a shipping container by some of the team at Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia.

“For 20 sum years of doing this, I’ve never seen anything like this before. Initially I wanted to protect my guys because you never know what an animal can carry. We found the tiny thing at the back of the truck after about an hour of unloading, originally we thought it was a rat or something because we had seen so many pieces of cardboard on the ground and heard sounds leading us to the last container,” said Darcy Legeard, Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia manager.

The British Columbia SPCA North Cariboo District Branch took donations for medical treatment for the traveling feline. According to B.C.’s SPCA, the animal, also known as Stowaway, was believed to have survived by licking condensation that formed on the shipping container’s walls and consuming cardboard.”

Read more on this incredible story here.

We can’t say that we’ve found any stowaway cats from any of our distributors. However, we’re delighted to hear how this particular cat is making a full recovery after such an arduous joruney. It’s amazing to think that this animal survived with no food or water for a whole month!

At IAS Auto Glass Solutions, we might not have any pets roaming around, but we do know our stuff! We offer a wide range of auto glass services and even offer mobile auto glass service in the twin cities are at no extra cost. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

Man arrested for smashing dozens of windshields in New Jersey

“Police have tracked down the man they believe terrorized dozens of motorists on Route 539, allegedly lobbing missiles from his car at theirs between December and March.

Anthony A. Lewis, 35, of Chesterfield in Burlington County, is facing 31 counts each of criminal mischief, interfering with transportation and reckless endangerment, according to a statement from township police.

Police agencies from throughout the county took reports from victims in 41 different cars “struck with objects thrown from another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction,” Manchester police Lt. Vincent Manco wrote in the statement. “A majority of the incidents occurred on Feb. 14, 2019, along a stretch of County Route 539 in Plumsted Township.”

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It’s worrisome enough when drivers have to be on alert for debris and loose objects striking their windshield while driving. However, when people maliciously try to damage another vehicle and harm their occupants, it’s downright infuriating. Fortunately, the suspect has been detained and will most likely be facing a very hefty fine along with some jail time. It’s a miracle that none of the victims were seriously injured or killed.

If your windshield has been damaged due to vandalism or otherwise, contact IAS Auto Glass solutions at 952-797-4374 for expert auto glass service. We even work on commercial equipment such as bulldozers!

Newly expanded Auto Glass Safety Council holds first spring meeting

“The spring meetings of the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) were held last week in Tampa, Fla. The meetings were the first in which the members of the former National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) were incorporated into the AGSC.

Newly-elected to the expanded board of directors were Linda Rollinson, of Superior Auto Glass in Tampa and Jeff Reddell, of Pace Glass in Texarkana, Texas.

“We are so pleased to have both repair and replacement in one tent and focused on safety,” said Troy Mason of Technaglass. Mason had sat on both boards of directors.”

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This new council seeks to include standards adopted by the NWRA as well as address repair concerns of today’s auto glass industry. They’ll have plenty of time to mull things over as the next meeting isn’t until September at Auto Glass Week. Among other things to keep an eye out from the council is the new ADAS certification program. Things are certainly starting to change rapidly in the auto glass industry!

IAS Auto Glass practices safe and proper installation / repair during all of our service procedures. We realize that proper care during these processes is necessary to ensure your windshield or glass isn’t damaged due to technician negligence. If your vehicle needs auto glass service please don’t hesitate to contact us at 952-797-4374.

Recognizing women in the auto glass industry

“Today is International Women’s Day, and it wouldn’t be complete without highlighting a few women in auto glass. Though the industry has been and is still predominately male driven, more women are finding success working on everything from installs to shop ownership.

“I think more women should get into this industry because it can help your business grow, it did for our business,” says Alicia Maples, co-owner of Fix-A-Crack Windshield Repair & Replacement.

“There have been times when I’ve been out doing mobile repairs and people have slowed down to see what I was doing crawling around a car. Then they’ve called our shop to confirm that yes a woman was working a car by herself,” adds Maples.”

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The article expands on how new technology for auto glass repair shops has made it easier for all technicians to provide auto glass service. What once was a male-dominated industry is starting to see some diversity among auto glass shop owners. More competition is a good thing, as it means that shops have to work hard and strive for excellence to appeal to their customer base.

At IAS Auto Glass, your satisfaction is always our priority. Whether you need a large glass repair or have a small chip to fix, no job is too big or too small. Contact us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website for further details.

Man arrested after smashing woman’s windshield with bare hands

“man has been arrested following a road rage incident in which he allegedly smashed a woman’s windshield with his bare hands.

Police said Joshua Robert Dalton, 28, jumped on the hood of Veneranda Alvarez’s car and smashed the windshield.

Alvarez, 34, her two daughters and a friend were in the car at the time.

“I was just in panic mode, and in shock and everything all at once,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said Dalton followed her friend out of a Walgreen’s parking lot and tailgated them before he got out of his vehicle.

Dalton is charged with felony vandalism and is being held on $20,000 bail.”

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Being the victim of a road rage incident is scary enough. Imagine having your children with you during such an event. Fortunately, neither the driver nor her passengers were hurt. The man who allegedly smashed her windshield has been apprehended and will be taught a valuable lesson. Whatever the reason is, it’s never okay to threat another driver.

If you windshield has been damaged due to vandalism, your insurance should cover it. We’ll work with insurance companies and replace your windshield or other damaged auto glass. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website for more information.

Yellow dots placed on windshield program gaining traction in several states

Photo of yellow dot program utilized in Washington County, New York courtesy of Washington County Sheriff

“It’s called the Yellow Dot Emergency Program. It has already been implemented in several states including New York, Illinois and Tennessee.

Being part of the program is entirely voluntary. If drivers opt-in, they place a small yellow dot in the lower left of their front windshield. In the event of an emergency, first responders see the dot and know there is a corresponding yellow envelope in the glove box.

“It’ll have your photo in there, it’ll have information on recent surgeries medications you take and your medical history so the first responders can best treat you in that emergency situation,” said State Representative Ethan Manning.”

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While this yellow dot program isn’t complicated, it may end up being a life-saver. That’s because in the event of a emergency, responding personnel may only have a matter of minutes to make life-changing decisions. Having access to critical information as soon as possible can only benefit victims in an accident.

Supposedly, this program is also implemented in Minnesota. If you’re an eldery driver with a medical condition, it may be worth it to check it out. At IAS Auto Glass we care about our customer’s safety. Our Auto Glass Services are followed by manufacturer guidelines. Call us at 952-797-4374 for more information.