Glass Shops Hit by Hurricane Havoc Work Quickly to Rebound
October 30, 2012

by Kaitlan Mitchell, kmitchell@glass.com

Hurricane Sandy carved a path of destruction across the Northeast resulting in more than 2 million New Jersey customers and 500,000 Connecticut customers without electricity Tuesday morning. Despite the lack of power, some architectural glass businesses managed to dodge the worst of the storm.

“Our faculties and most of our employees are located in Salem County, N.J., which was in the path of the hurricane,” says Arthur Berkowitz president of J.E. Berkowitz L.P. “Late Sunday afternoon we made decision to cancel all deliveries for both Monday and Tuesday. A skeleton crew came in early Monday morning, powered down all plant equipment (ovens, etc), and powered down all computers, phone lines, etc, and we shut down offices.”

Despite outages across the state, Berkowitz said his company received confirmation at 6 a.m. it had regained power and brought in a workforce to begin operation at 9 a.m. today. Berkowitz anticipates limited deliveries on Wednesday.

With much of the damage occurring in New York and New Jersey, calls and emails made to other companies in those states including Crystal Window and Doors based in Flushing, N.Y., and W&W Glass in Nanuet, N.Y., were unanswered at press time.
However, the following message from vice president Steve Chen was posted on Crystal's website f: "Due to the impending dangerous and widespread, Hurricane Sandy, Crystal will be closed beginning Monday Oct. 29th at 12 noon (EST) into Tuesday Oct. 30th. Window delivery schedules will resume on Thursday, Nov. 1 . The safety and well-being of our employees, window dealers and their families are of utmost importance. Crystal shall resume business operations on Wednesday, Oct. 31, providing electricity, public transportation and bridge services are in place."

Affected East Coast states took proactive action in an effort to prevent further storm damage. Public transportation and highways frequency declined due to state imposed restrictions. The Level 2 driving ban for Delaware which prohibits all non-essential vehicles from roads and highways, was lifted Tuesday morning. While the East Coast states took precautions, local glass shops made their own preparations as well.

“It got a little hairy yesterday,” says Chad Dansby, manager of the Dover, Del., Mr. Go-Glass branch. “We basically started Friday night boarding up the shop and hunkering down. We then just waited this thing out. We are now fully staffed and back open this morning.”

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