Ohio-based Safelite buys auto glass business from Lee & Cates

The Jacksonville company now will focus on its other operations.

  • By Mark Basch
  • | 3:00 p.m. November 10, 2020
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Safelite Group said Nov. 10 it acquired the assets of the Jacksonville-based Lee & Cates Glass auto glass business.

“The acquisition by Safelite includes the auto glass business and provides Lee & Cates with the opportunity to further invest into their flat/residential operations,” Safelite CEO Tom Feeney said in a news release.

“Their history will continue as they move forward to further evolve their business,” he said.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Brothers-in-law Thomas Lee and Raymond Cates founded Lee & Cates Glass in 1926 as an auto glass company. It has grown into a full-service glass business with locations throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite says it is the largest auto glass business under one brand in the world.



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