Safelite Group, a leading vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass, announced recently an agreement to acquire the assets of the Lee & Cates Glass auto glass business. The transaction was completed on Friday, Nov. 6.
“We’re honored to welcome associates from Lee & Cates to our business,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite Group. “Like Safelite, they have a rich history steeped in a commitment and dedication to their people and the customers they serve. It’s a fantastic opportunity to leverage the skills and talents of this team, honor their legacy and strengthen our national footprint.”
Lee & Cates Glass was founded in 1926 by brothers-in-law Thomas D. Lee Sr. and Raymond H. Cates in Jacksonville, Florida. The company ultimately grew into a full-service glass business with locations throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia and has remained family-owned since its inception. With a strong reputation for its customer service, craftsmanship and work ethic, the company also expanded their services to include flat/residential glass.
“The acquisition by Safelite includes the auto glass business and provides Lee & Cates with the opportunity to further invest into their flat/residential operations,” Feeney said. “Their history will continue as they move forward to further evolve their business.”
Lee & Cates Glass will leverage Safelite’s operational systems, advanced safety system expertise (recalibrations), distribution network, global purchasing power and strong insurance and commercial relationships.