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Glass repair shops working overtime following storms

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Plow drivers and contractors were not the only people working overtime in the wake of the past few winter storms.

Auto glass repair shops said business is booming for them as well.

"Any inclement weather, it explodes business-wise," said John Wisneski of Payless Autoglass in Hartford.

Wisneski said the phones at the Wethersfield Avenue shop have been ringing off the hook.

He said the company's road crews have been loading up on extra windshields while the crews were swapping out the busted glass.

The reasons for the repairs run from falling ice and tree branches to dings that grow as it gets colder.

"Eighty-five to 90 percent of our business is windshields and our volume definitely picks up," Wisneski said.

Payless employees said business typically picks up in January.

"Right now what happens with insurance companies, they may only offer you one choice or two, and they may be backed up," Wisneski said.

He said if that's the case, drivers could always call around. However, chances are that they'll have to wait no matter where they go.

Safelite Autoglass in Cromwell said it's also backed up.

Wisneski said winter is not the only season that makes them busy. He said summer can be just as hectic.

"They say the two best places to own a glass company are either Arizona or Colorado," he said, but added Connecticut is not bad either.

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