Volume 39, Issue 9, September  2004


Florida Glass Shops Feel the Fury 
in the Aftermath of Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley, a class-four hurricane, hit Florida’s West Coast last month, resulting in billions of dollars worth of damage. In its aftermath, glass shops in the area are feeling its effects.

When asked by USGlass what business has been like since Hurricane Charley, Doreen Townsend of EN Townsend Glass in Port Charlotte, Fla., chuckled.

“It will take me more than a minute to tell you about all that’s been going on here,” Townsend said. “It’s just a catastrophe … windows and glass are broken everywhere.”

Townsend explained that for them, work revolving around Hurricane Charley actually began the night before with board-up jobs. Following the hurricane, Townsend said employees worked for two weeks straight, relying on generators for power, phones ringing non-stop and handling both commercial and residential glass repairs and replacements.

Glass shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., also felt the impact. Megan Culbertson of Active Doors & Window also said phones there had been ringing constantly.

“We’ve had probably 4,000 job requests,” Culbertson said. “And people are angry because it’s a five- to seven-week wait time before we can do an estimate.”

She said that currently the company isn’t handling glass repairs, but rather window and door replacements.
“It’s crazy and hectic and you want to help as many people as you can, but you just can’t,” she said.

Steve Sabac, owner of Sun Coast Glass Protection Inc. in Boynton Beach, Fla., saw the damage first hand.
“We thought it was going to hit Tampa. We’d just gotten done doing a window lock on the Nielson Media Research building,” Sabac said. “We were going to follow Charley up the coast and document what happened when it hit Tampa. As we were driving up I-75, the hurricane turned and came into Florida early. We ended up in the eye of the hurricane. We rode out the storm in a truck in front of the store.”

Once the hurricane passed, Sabac found himself at a new land of ground zero.

“We documented a lot of windows and film and framing and plywood and how it failed,” he said, explaining that once a window fails, the winds from the hurricane penetrate the building.

“Once the windows were broken, the winds get in, the roof comes off and once the roof comes off, the walls came apart. The walls are supported by the ceiling, which is held up by the wall. It’s like a sealed envelope—once you open it, it’s gone.” Sabac said much damage was caused by small missile impact.

USGlass Readers Respond: Who’s Your Choice for President?
 Of those readers polled about their opinions on the upcoming presidential election, most haven’t been able to make up their mind about whom they’re voting for. Out of a small sampling of 20 readers, 45 percent of those polled were undecided, while 40 percent of the respondents said they were going to vote for Bush over Kerry. 

The majority seemed to agree with one respondent in Pennsylvania: “I don’t like either candidate [so] I don’t know which way I will vote in November.”
Candidate Percentage
Bush................................................... 40%
Kerry................................................... 15%
Undecided.......................................... 45%

IGMA and IGCC Reach License Agreement
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has licensed its certification program for the ASTM E 2190 standard to the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC). The IGMA certification procedures committee will become part of the IGCC committee and all IGMA program licensees (manufacturers that have been certified to the IGMA certification) will be eligible to vote at IGCC. The initial term of the license will be for one year.

“Both IGCC and IGMA have agreed to proceed judiciously to ensure the long-term success of this affiliation,” said Marg Webb, IGMA executive director. “A short-term, mid-range and long-term strategy has been proposed that will lead, eventually, to the development of one certification program.” 

According to Webb, program strategies include the following:
Short Term
• The formal adoption of IGCC guidelines for certification product changes by IGMA;
• The merger and harmonization of actions by the IGCC certification committee and IGMA certification procedures committee (an IGCC meeting will be scheduled for late October this year);
• The continuance of the IGMA technical services committee as an independent committee under IGMA; it will serve in an advisory role to IGCC. (A position for the IGCC program administrator will be created on the IGMA technical services committee.)
Mid Range
• The establishment of an appeals board under IGCC to replace the IGMA certification council.
Long Range
• Upon harmonization of ASTM E2190 and EN 1279 under the current ISO format, IGMA and IGCC will work toward a certification that will be recognized and accepted in Europe; and
• The creation of a single North American set of requirements for certification. 
According to an announcement from IGCC administrator John Kent, IGCC certification fees will not increase and will remain at current levels under the licensing agreement. 
The harmonization effort will not involve the IGCC Certified Products Directory initially.
In addition, IGMA still recognizes ALI and NAMI certification 


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