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October 29, 2012

Johnson's Auto Glass and Trim Shop closed

Part of the Plattsburgh business community since 1953

PLATTSBURGH — Johnson’s Auto Glass and Trim Shop has closed after 59 years in business.

The last day of work at the shop, owned by Dick and Dan Johnson, was Oct. 26. 

The business was started by their father, Harmon (Jack) Johnson, on Green Street in the City of Plattsburgh in 1953. A city firefighter, he died unexpectedly from a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1961.

His wife, Daisy, took over the business. She moved it to the present location at the corner of Bridge and Macdonough streets in 1962.

“She did a great job in a male-dominated industry,” Dan said. 

Dick and Dan joined the team in 1960, and took over when their mother retired in 1988.

“It’s been a good run,” Dan said, adding that he is now 65. “It’s time to relax a little.” 

LARGE SERVICE AREA

The Johnsons had planned to sell the business but changed their minds. Dan said two of their four technicians are thinking about starting a similar enterprise, but it won’t be at the present location. 

Johnson’s Auto Glass offered windshield repair, automotive glass replacement, heavy-equipment safety-glass replacement, sunroof installations, truck rear-window sliding units, T-top replacements and pickup truck tonneau covers. The business also specialized in repair of convertible roofs.

“That’s a master trade in itself,” Dan said.

Their service area extended from the border and Lake Champlain to Massena, Tupper Lake and Lake George.

‘THE RIGHT METHODS’

The brothers remember working all-night shifts to replace windshields and windows on construction equipment used to build the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87). They would drive down to the work site, pick up the glass, bring it to the shop to cut a match and then bring it back to the site for replacement in time for work the next day.

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