Shops Feel the Effects of Southeast Gas Shortage in Wake of Hurricanes
The recent hurricanes have led to a shortage on gas in several Southeastern
areas, and glass shops and distributors are some of those feeling its
"It's been pretty bad," says James Cain, owner of Glass Pro
Shop LLC in Hendersonville, N.C. "For the last three weeks, it's
been really touchy as to where you can get [gas]. I've definitely felt
However, in his area, it is lightening up a bit. "It got a lot better
last Thursday," he says. "It's not nearly such a problem now."
During the toughest part, though, Cain (whose business is purely mobile)
found himself waiting 2.5 hours at a time to get gas.
"We did what we had to do," he says.
The Atlanta and Nashville areas currently are undergoing similar wait
times, and, according to many, even after a wait, they discover there's
no gas left at many stations.
"Our Nashville branch has had difficulty finding fuel for our delivery
trucks," says Alice Dickerson, director of sales and marketing for
Vitro America in Atlanta. "They wait for hours in line and they finally
get to the pump and they're out. Our Atlanta branch had trucks waiting
in line for an hour and an hour and a half trying to get fuel."
This is just compounding the problems much of the industry already is
having, Dickerson says, in today's economy.
"Here we are, trying to make deliveries, trying to get fuel, business
is down, and now we're paying a driver to sit at a pump for an hour and
a half," she says.
Brian Diamond of Brian Diamond Glass, also in Atlanta, has been out of
town for the last two weeks, but says as he returned to town yesterday,
noticed something off.
"There were lines at all the gas stations, so I'm sure it's affecting
everyone," Diamond says, though he notes he filled up his tank before
he returned to town.
South Carolina hasn't gone untouched either, though for one shop owner,
Bob Finger of Auto Glass Service in Spartanburg, the effects haven't been
quite as bad as what some other areas are seeing.
"[Stations] are out of regular, this or that, but they still have
gas [here]," he says.
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