St. Paul, MN – NOVUS Glass is pleased to announce the opening of a new franchise business in Paris, Texas. Owned by Darren Friesen, this NOVUS Glass location has been open for several months and Friesen is delighted with how quickly his business is growing. “Every new business owner knows that it will take time before the venture reaches the break-even point,” says Friesen. “Yet, I’m already seeing a continued increase in sales with my auto glass replacement business and we haven’t even reached the busy season for windshield repair.” Ted Andersen VP of Operations, says that franchisees like Friesen are what makes this franchise network so successful. “We know that our proven system of business ownershipworks,” says Andersen. “It just takes the right person, one with a can-do attitude and strong work ethic to make it successful.”
Friesen, with the support of his wife, Rachel, searched for a while for the right business. “I considered other business opportunities and franchise businesses, but I was so impressed with NOVUS Glass. Everyone drives a car and every car has windshield. This gives me a large pool of potential customers.” Friesen also weighed in the value of the NOVUS brand. “I knew they were the best glass company with over 40 years of experience. I was convinced that by being a franchisee, I would be a part of the best windshield replacement company.” Another important factor was the attitude of current franchisees. “I had the opportunity to speak with a number of NOVUS franchisees and they were all so excited about their businesses, even those who had been doing this for a number of years. That is pretty impressive.”
The support provided by NOVUS Glass is yet another reason Friesen decided this was the right business for him. They offer ongoing support and a marketing program tailored to the franchisee’s needs, leveraging the NOVUS Glass brand recognition and referral network.“You can start the business without other employees, so your overhead is pretty reasonable,” said Friesen. Although he has not done this type of work before, Friesen does enjoy hands-on work. His previous work experience includes home remodeling and lawn care. He also worked in a feed mill, eventually doing just about all aspects of the business. “I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my own business,” he says.
With 2,000 NOVUS franchisees in 43 countries, the Friesen’s are in good company. NOVUS Glass has been the industry’s research & development pioneer for over 45 years, with more U.S. patents for windshield repair than the rest of the windshield repair industry combined. The hands-on training is the best in the industry and a regional manager spends time at your location, making sure systems are up and running and helping you get the right start.
Right now, Darren’s wife Rachel is busy with the couple’s three small children. However, Friesen anticipates that as the business grows, Rachel can help with bookkeeping, once the children are in school. “I hope that some day our children will become involved, and maybe even take over the business. This is only something someone who owns a business can dream about,” adds Friesen.
About NOVUS Glass
NOVUS invented windshield repair in 1972. For over 40 years, NOVUS has been and remains the industry’s research & development pioneer. NOVUS has been awarded more U.S. Patents for windshield repair than the rest of the windshield repair industry combined. For more information visit us at www.novusglass.com or (800-776-6887) for a NOVUS location near you. For franchise development information, contact 800-944-6811.Back