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How NOVUS Got its Start

It was the late 1960s and Dr. Frank Werner decided he had had enough of replacing his windshield. Dr. Werner loved to ski and spent as much time as he could on the ski fields. After having three windshields replaced due to small breaks caused from the rough terrain of Wyoming, Colorado, Manitoba, and other ski destinations, Dr. Werner felt he needed to find a solution to fix breaks without having to dispose of the entire windshield. The combination of his curiosity, driven determination, and help from chemical engineer Bill Wiele led to the discovery of windshield repair.

In 1972, Gerald Keinath bought the patent rights for windshield repair, and then strategically designed the business plan that would bring windshield repair to the general market for the first time. It started as a business called Keinath Incorporated and it was located in the basement of his home. The name of the business was later changed to NOVUS – the Latin word for “new” or “innovative” – and, in 1985, NOVUS Glass became a full-fledged franchise company.

For over 45 years, NOVUS has remained the industry’s research & development pioneer. In fact, NOVUS has been awarded more U.S. Patents for windshield repair than the rest of the windshield repair industry combined. With the addition of NOVUS’ high quality, fully guaranteed windshield and auto glass replacement and other diversified services, NOVUS is able to support all consumer glass service needs.

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