Glaziers Speak Out on Weekends and Holidays: To Work or not to
The decision to keep doors open or shut on weekends and holidays
such as Labor Day in the glass business is as individual as the
businesses themselves. By and far, contract glaziers prefer to keep
the doors closed, however, demand and/or necessity can be the determining
factors when it comes to working weekends and holidays.
At Alamo Glass in Dallas, owner Cory Worsham says his company's
employees need and take their allotted holidays. "We are closed
Saturdays and holidays. However, by doing so, we must be prepared
for the rush of work when we reopen after the weekend or after a
holiday. For example," Worsham points out, "the Tuesday
after a Monday holiday [such as Labor Day] is always hectic from
the work that has been called in over a long weekend. Sometimes
we'll have to work overtime throughout that week to catch up, but
that's just a given and we get through it. In terms of the bottom
line, being closed weekends and holidays doesn't hurt us. Our staff
members have earned and deserve their days off."
Metuchen Glass serves a good portion of Middlesex County in New
Jersey and used to offer Saturday hours. Today, this small glazing
contractor with more than three decades of experience in the industry
is closed on weekends and holidays. The company typically has a
glazier at the office early in the morning for customers to stop
in before work, which ultimately eliminated the need for Saturday
hours. However, it will make exceptions for a customer that has
a big job requiring Saturday work.
"It's our workload and construction timeline that are the determining
factors in whether or not we can take off for a holiday," explains
James McLean, glass superintendent at Sunbelt Glaziers, a mid-size
glazing contractor servicing the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.
McLean and his staff of seven generally work five days a week, but
sometimes duty calls and they need to make adjustments to that schedule.
"We had a job with a tight schedule and ended up working over
the fourth of July," continues McLean. "Our workload was
more manageable over the Labor Day weekend and we enjoyed having
that three-day holiday."
When Larry's Glass in Prescott Valley, Ariz., was founded in 2002
the decision was made to avoid weekend and holiday work if at all
possible. "So far, we've done pretty well with a five-day work
week," says Steve Wood, the company's estimator. "We focus
on the commercial end of the market, maintain a steady workload
and are able to keep our weekends and holidays to ourselves."
Washington Glass & Glazing in Everett, Wash., also only handles
commercial work. "Our company, which fabricates frames and
installs glass, has made it a long-standing practice to keep its
weekends and holidays open," notes company accountant,"
Joe Januszewski. "We don't need to work weekends and holidays
so we don't."
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