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04-15-2013

Safelite® Group Announces Columbus, Ohio Expansion Plans, Beginning 2014

Nation’s Leading Vehicle Glass Company Expects to Add Approximately 350 Jobs in Three Years

COLUMBUS, Ohio – April 16, 2013 - Safelite® Group, a multi-faceted vehicle glass and claims management service organization, is pleased to announce plans that the company will expand its presence in Columbus, Ohio with up to 350 jobs within three years and will relocate a portion of its headquarters to 2500 Farmers Drive, Columbus, OH 43235 in 2014, contingent upon approval on incentives from the City of Columbus and State of Ohio.

“I want to thank Safelite® for working with the City of Columbus to expand its business here and create jobs for our residents,” Mayor Coleman said. “This great company exemplifies our growing reputation as one of the best cities for jobs in the nation.”

Established in 1947, Safelite® Group first moved to Columbus in 1990. The company’s headquarters will remain at 2400 Farmers Drive, Columbus, OH 43235. By adding the additional space next door and remodeling the existing space, Safelite® Group will accommodate its significant growth achieved in the last five years while also preparing for future growth.

“As we have grown our business, thanks to continued commitment to our customers and insurance clients and ongoing investments in our people, we are excited about our future here in Columbus and nationwide,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite® Group. “We have been on a tremendous upward path and this expansion will allow us to invest even more in world-class service, talent development and support for the central Ohio community.”

Safelite® Group plans to relocate several corporate functions to 2500 Farmers Drive after January 2014, while 2400 Farmers (3rd through 5th floors) is remodeled to allow the remaining corporate functions to grow with 2400 Farmers. One of Safelite’s national contact centers is housed on Floors 1st and 2nd of 2400 Farmers, which were remodeled recently in 2009-10.

“We thank Gov. Kasich and JobsOhio, Mayor Coleman, the City Council, and Columbus2020 for the continued support in the development of our company,” Feeney said. “Their commitment to making central Ohio an attractive place to do business has made Columbus a well-suited home for us.”

“Successful economic development is a team effort,” said Councilmember Zach M. Klein, chair of the Columbus City Council Development Committee. “By working together, we can help companies like Safelite® stay and grow their business Columbus. In the end, their presence is good for our central Ohio region.”

About Safelite® Group
Safelite® Group is a multi-faceted vehicle glass and claims management service organization based in Columbus, Ohio. The company, which has been in business since 1947, is comprised of four major business operations that include Safelite AutoGlass®, a vehicle glass repair and replacement services provider; Safelite® Solutions and Alliance Claims Solutions®, which offer fleet and insurance claims management services; Service AutoGlass®, a wholesale and distribution operation; and Safelite® Glass Corp., a manufacturing and distribution business unit. The company employs approximately 10,000 people throughout the United States.  For more information, visit www.safelite.com

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Media Contact: Melina Metzger, Safelite AutoGlass®, 614.210.9232, melina.metzger(at)safelite.com

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