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I'm sure it will come out that PPG got a 2 or 3 year deal from Iowa to purchase glass for their retail locations. Why else would they buy Independent? They can only sell to themselves and body shops. Also heard Lynx would like to start making suggestions to the insured on which shop to use. Look out all of you small mom and pops.
I can tell ya one reason they bought Independent. In Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin market there has always been two main players: PPG, & Independent Glass(which was preceeded by and purchased from Hoffer's Glass, an independent wholesaler since 1925). We could buy from Pilkington in Chicago but logistically that was difficult, can't will call 70 miles away and they only had a nite run. Then Pilkington came to Milwaukee 6 years ago, so now that PPG has taken over Independent we are back down to two vendors, whom happen to be the largest manufacturers on the planet. This is about controlling prices and the marketplace. State Farm is very big here too...fill in the blanks. PPG is being very cold hearted to their existing employees also. They are closing the warehouse they have been in 30 years and moving to the existing Independent Glass warehouse, and the 5 or 6 people I talked to and have known for 20 years at PPG have not been told if they are being retained or not. Most are looking for other opportunities instead of waiting for the ax to fall.
Just had an Independent delivery guy in here a while ago, and he says he thinks they're simply out of a job. This guy was out of the Minneapolis warehouse. We also have a PPG rep coming this afternoon.