Safelite was founded in 1947 by Bud Glassman and Art Lankin. They worked out of an auto junkyard in Witchita, Kansas.
The company operates a chain of automotive glass replacement stores. The company makes and installs automotive glass, such as front windshields, rear windshields, and side door glass, as well as exterior mirrors. Services are offered via mobile glass shops and company owned locations. There are currently 720 locations across the USA.
The company is best known for its mobile glass repair or replacement service. Customers can have their car serviced almost anywhere during business hours. Safelite also files insurance claims on customers behalf. The company was purchased by Belron US, Inc. and operates as a subsidiary.
Safelite Auto Glass operates in all 50 states and recently opened a 5th call center in New Mexico, in July of 2016, which added an additional 900 jobs to the economy.
In September 2021, Safelite acquired competitor Glass.net for an undisclosed amount.
It’s estimated that the demand for new auto glass will explode over the next 5 years.
Safelite maintains a corporate office in Columbus, Ohio.