Oklahoma City Auto Glass Shops See Influx of Business Following Hail Storm
May 31, 2012

by Katie O'Mara, komara@glass.com

Tuesday evening, Oklahoma City experienced a beating of hail, flooding and thunderstorms. As the city begins to recover, auto glass business is booming for local auto glass shops.

“Business is four times what it normally is,” says Joe Rogers, owner of J&J Glass Service in Oklahoma City.

“We’re working on 25-30 cars today—same as yesterday. I’ve got 15 pages of people to call back with quotes,” says Elizabeth “Bumper” Haddock, office manager at Penn Glass Company. “We are right where the storm hit so I think that’s why it has been so much.”

Other auto glass shops like City Glass on May barely had time to talk on the phone stating that they were extremely busy and really backed up in the shop.

“Business has tripled,” says Kyle Launchbaugh, owner of Metro Glass. “So far we have been able to keep up with it though.”

Some shops reported difficulties obtaining enough glass and stated that they were currently waiting on glass to arrive to complete auto glass installations.

“We are waiting on six pieces of glass right now,” says Rogers. “We are getting it in, but it’s just slow right now.”

Others reported smooth deliveries, despite the increased number of replacements.

“There has not been a glass shortage yet for us. We haven’t had any warehouse problems. I know they are overloaded, but it seems to be running more smoothly than the last storm we had,” says Haddock.

None of the shops reported increased prices for glass from suppliers although some local reports referenced a rise of 25 percent in the cost of auto glass overnight.

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