Booms in Wichita, Kan., AreaLiterally
July 13, 2009
Business for auto glass replacement companies is literally booming
in Wichita, Kan., this week, in the aftermath of a massive hail
storm last week.
Auto Glass Plus in Wichita has done 54 replacements as a result
of the storm, according to company representative Angie Deatrick.
"We had up to baseball-sized hail in some places," she
Lewis Street Glass Co. normally averages five to six cars a day
for replacement business; since the storm, they've been doing 25
"We've cut out all mobile service just to keep up with it,"
says manager Jamie Byers.
Byers expects the company to get caught up by the end of the week.
"It gave us a nice little boost here," she adds.
Byers noted that initially, the company has had mostly cash work
resulting from the storm, but expects by midweek for the insurance
claims to start rolling in.
"The first couple of days were those who were paying for [the
work] on their own," she says.
Lewis Street also does flat glass and commercial work, but has
found the majority of the work has been on the automotive sideand
the shop itself made it through unscathed as well.
"We were kind of in the middle of where the big part of the
storm was," Byers says.
Northstar Automotive Glass®, a distributor based in Wichita
that also has some retail locations, also has seen a major upswing.
Company president Garry Dunnegan told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine that the Northstar retail locations set a record for the
number of installations it has completed in one day last Thursdaythe
day after the storm hit.
"We have been extremely busy with the hail in our retail stores
the last few days," he adds.
According to local reports, the damage from the storm has totaled
approximately $1.5 million.
And this isn't the last of the storms on the horizon, according
to reports from www.weather.com.
Meteorologists with weather.com/The Weather Channel® predict
large hail will impact the Northern High Plains this week in both
the western Dakotas and western Nebraska, moving East into the Great
Lakes and Ohio Valley by Wednesday.
The Weather Channel also predicts strong storms with some hail
in the Southeast tonight.
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