Glass Businesses Talk About the Impact of the Recent Oklahoma Tornado
Yesterday's tornadoes that ripped through homes and businesses
in Oklahoma have devastated much of the area between Dallas and
Oklahoma City. Destruction to area businesses and homes includes
glass that will need to eventually be replaced or repaired, though
the full impact of the storm to area glass businesses hasn't necessarily
been felt by everyone just yet.
Jan Fleharty of Allied Glass Co. in Oklahoma City says her company
has not yet received too many calls other than for replacement work
at a few of their area accounts, such as local restaurants and daycare
centers. She also says she does not expect to receive many calls
for repair or replacement since there was so much total destruction
of buildings and residences. Fleharty noted, though, that the area
where her company is located didn't receive as much damage as other
areas, such as Lone Grove and Edmond. (Editor's note: at press
time USGNN.com had attempted to contact businesses in Edmond and
Lone Grove but was unable to reach anyone for comment.)
Ardmore, Okla., just a few miles from Lone Grove, also saw serious
damage. Randy Hendershott with Arbuckle Supply, a company that does
window and glass replacement, told USGNN.com that there was a lot
of residential glass damage in his area, though, like Fleharty,
he had not yet received a massive amount of calls. Considering the
tough economic state of the industry right now, he told us that
he is hopeful he will soon see some extra business.
And unlike hurricane-prone areas such as South Florida and the
Gulf Coast where residents and businesses often have time to prepare
for a storm, Hendershott says you can't really prepare for a tornado
"other than just taking cover," he says.
Stay tuned to USGNN.com for more reports and news from Oklahoma
as they become available.
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