Safelite Celebrates 75 Years in Business
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Safelite, the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration services, celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.
“From humble beginnings in 1947 to today, our commitment to our people, clients and customers remains constant,” said Renee Cacchillo, Safelite’s president and CEO. “Every day, I am honored to work alongside bright, driven and dedicated individuals passionate about helping our customers get back on the road and on with their day. They are the reason we reached this milestone.”
Over the past seven decades, Safelite grew from a single auto glass store in Wichita, Kansas, to a nationally recognized brand with a catchy jingle and locations in all 50 states. The company’s people-powered, customer-driven philosophy is just one of the reasons why associates take pride in supporting the communities where they live and work.
“Words cannot express our immense gratitude to those who have supported us along this journey,” Cacchillo added. “We respect and value our company’s roots and believe our founders would be proud of where our business is today and impressed with how far we’ve come.”
Safelite led many advancements since opening its doors, from bringing shatter-proof glass to the post-war auto boom to leading the way with its service offerings to supporting new technology common in today’s vehicles.
Cacchillo shared credit for the company’s success with Belron, the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement group who acquired Safelite in 2007. “Belron’s support over the past 15 years has been instrumental in shaping the Safelite of today. And now, with a strong past and an innovative mindset, we look forward to writing our next chapter.”
Safelite is a multi-faceted vehicle glass and claims management service organization based in Columbus, Ohio, and operating company-owned facilities in 50 states. The company, which has been in business since 1947, is comprised of two major business operations: Safelite AutoGlass®, a vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration services provider and Safelite® Solutions, which offers fleet and insurance claims management services for vehicle glass and other claims. The company employs nearly 16,000 people throughout the United States. Safelite is a subsidiary of Belron®. Safelite AutoGlass is the largest vehicle glass repair, replacement and recalibration company under one brand in the world.
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Operating in 37 countries across 6 continents through wholly-owned and franchise operations, Belron is home to around 29,000 employees who served 16 million customers in 2021. Belron is the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement group. Our market-leading brands include Carglass®, Safelite AutoGlass®, Autoglass®, Lebeau®, O'Brien®, Smith&Smith® and Speedy Glass® .