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Lee & Cates Glass acquired by Safelite (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal) — Longtime Jacksonville auto glass supplier Lee & Cates Glass has been acquired by Safelite Group, one of the largest companies in the industry.

Details of the transaction, which was completed Nov. 6, were not disclosed. “We’re honored to welcome associates from Lee & Cates to our business,” Safelite CEO Tom Feeney said in a statement. “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 by two brothers in law — Thomas Lee Sr. and Raymond Cates — in 1926. Family-owned since its inception, the company grew to have locations throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. “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.”

Image courtesy of Safelite.