Belron is an international vehicle glass repair and replacement group that operates in 34 countries and employs more than 25,000 people. The company was founded as Service Auto Glass in 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, by Bud Glassman and his partner, Art Lankin. Initially, the business focused on providing replacement services, but it soon began manufacturing laminated glass blocks for architectural applications and laminated flat glass for windshields in 1951. The company also adopted the name Safelite that same year. The term 'Safelite' is derived from the word 'safe', which refers to laminated glass. This type of glass incorporates a layer of plastic film between two sheets of glass to prevent glass fragments from flying freely in the event of an impact.
'Lite' is an automotive term for car windows. Recently, Safelite Group, a national vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass, announced an agreement to acquire Henderson Glass in Michigan. However, neither Safelite nor CenterOak Partners, the Dallas hedge fund that owns TruRoad, disclosed the terms of the deal. Belron, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom, is the parent company of Safelite.