The hurricane season hit the auto glass industry in New Orleans on Sunday with the second most intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana.
Reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the state in August 2005, auto glass shops and other businesses and residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Ida visited the region.
Novus Inc. has three franchisees in the New Orleans area: Sulphur, Lake Charles and Shreveport.
“All are doing very well,” says Ted Andersen, vice president of U.S. Operations for Novus Inc.
According to Andersen, this time last year the three franchisees were greatly affected by Hurricane Zeta. The franchisees in Lake Charles and Sulphur, especially, “were crushed. They were down for weeks,” he says.
“But, this time, the storm went east instead of west,” Andersen says, and the franchisees only received heavy rain and reported that shelves are nearly empty in local stores of supplies and food.
When a natural disaster such as a hurricane happens, Andersen says he makes sure to reach out to franchisees in the affected areas as soon as possible to find out if they are all right, what they need and how Novus Inc. can assist.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are struggling right now. You gotta keep going day by day,” Andersen says.
Mike Lavalais is manager of Glasstastic Auto Glass in New Orleans.
“We’re okay,” he says. He and the shop’s staff are safe, but the shop does not have electricity. According to Lavalais, the mayor of New Orleans said electricity would not be back on for two weeks. So the shop is closed for the time being.
Lavalais said the shop is not filled with water or damaged in any way, but a fence behind the shop is destroyed.
“So, we’re just playing it by ear now,” Lavalais says.
Mygrant Glass would not comment, but a representative said they are in touch with colleagues in New Orleans.
GlassBYTEs.com attempted to reach Jazz Auto Glass and an automated message says
“Unfortunately, we are closed due to bad weather.” Callers were encouraged to leave the make and model of the vehicle in need of windshield replacement or repair in a message.
PGW Auto Glass’s branches in Baton Rouge and Metairie were closed on Tuesday due to Hurricane Ida, and no one there could be reached for official comment.
Glass America’s website lists seven locations in Louisiana. “All of our people are fine,” said Robbie Price, AGRSS coordinator for the company.