With up to six feet of snow hitting the area and a travel ban in effect for South Buffalo, N.Y., most AGRR companies are closed today. “I told my techs to stay home,” says Gary Louth of Buffalo Auto Glass.
Owner Louth, however, made the trek into the office, but is unlikely to put in a full day.
“There is a ban on driving, but I’m sitting here in the office and they are driving by left and right,” he says. “There is six to eight inches of snow here at the shop. About 10 miles away at my house there is about two feet. Then about five miles from my house there is six feet. I’m probably not staying here all day.
“Due to the driving ban where all three warehouses are located, they are not open for business and I can’t get stock,” Louth adds. “If I don’t have a part in stock, I can’t do the job. I don’t stock a lot because normally it’s so easy to get glass. Why keep it in inventory? All of our service centers are closed.”
There is no answer at Pilkington’s Buffalo distribution center.
Pittsburgh Glass Works’ distribution center in Buffalo is closed due to weather, according to a customer service representative. She is not sure when the warehouse will reopen.
Louth’s company doesn’t have a snow policy in place. Usually, he just “plays it by ear.” If it’s bad enough, like today is, he tells his technicians to stay home.
X-Treme Auto Glass in Buffalo is also closed today.
“We haven’t opened in two days,” says Richard Urbanski, owner. “We can’t get glass. And we haven’t been able to go anywhere in two days. Maybe by Friday it’ll get better.”
Delta Sonic, which has three locations in Buffalo, is closed as well. The company offers AGRR services.
“Due to poor weather in the New York state, Delta Sonic’s customer service department is closed. We plan on reopening Thursday, November 20,” according to the company’s automated message.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 10 counties, and the National Guard has been activated to help.
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