Glass Companies Work to Restore Tornado-Damaged Buildings in Massachusetts
June 10, 2011

Liberty Glass and Metal has been working with Chase Glass to replace glass that was broken as a result of last week's tornadoes in Massachusetts.

Last week a tornado swept through Massachusetts, wrecking much of the area, leaving many homes and buildings with extensive damages, including glass breakage. Now, area companies are working diligently to help restore the communities.

“The tornado damage was very extensive,” said Chris Rumbaugh, who works in estimating for Liberty Glass and Metal in North Grosvenordale, Conn., about 18 miles from where the tornado struck in Massachusetts. “We’ve seen projects where every window was destroyed.” He adds that whether conditions such as this recent storm are not at all typical for the area. “The last time a tornado came through here was in 1990 in Western Massachusetts and that was small compared to this one,” said Rumbaugh.

Liberty Glass and Metal is just one local company working to help replace broken glass and windows in the area.

“We’re currently working with Chase Glass out of Springfield, Mass., supplying them with 75 insulating glass units for their work on the Reed Hall project,” said Rumbaugh. “There is also a school where about 200 windows were broken and we have a bid in for that project as well.”

The work on the Reed Hall project began early this week and Rumbaugh says he expects the work on other window projects to begin soon.

So for an area such as New England that’s not accustomed to dealing with such weather, how do local glass companies prepare?

“We staffed up in order to continue working and supplying local glass companies so that we could help them out and get the windows secure,” says Rumbaugh. “New England is a nice community and everyone pitches in to help others out.”

And while the glass damage was extensive, Rumbaugh does not think it will likely lead to increasing use of impact glass in the area.

“We’re not a tornado-prone area,” he says.

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