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Ziebart repairs sales with new products, franchises

New products, new franchising markets and a strong spring season could bring Ziebart International Corp. to a record year of auto aftermarket accessory business — much of it overseas.

The Troy-based accessories, glass repair, rustproofing, remote starter and protection coating installment company reports April sales were 13 percent ahead of a year earlier, and the company is now in 32 countries after landing new master franchise agreements for Poland and Kazakhstan in the past year.