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 effects. The Atlanta and Nashville areas, for
example, currently are undergoing long wait times, and, according
to many, even after a wait, they discover there's no gas left at
"Our Nashville branch has had difficulty finding fuel for
our delivery trucks," says Alice Dickerson, director of sales
and marketing for ACI Distribution/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.
In other states, such as South Carolina, while gas has been tight
the effects haven't been quite as bad as what some other areas are
seeing. One shop owner told USNN.com that while stations are
out of regular gas, they at least still have gas.
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