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December 9, 2012

New auto glass shop open



That can be critical when you realize the passenger-side airbag relies on the windshield’s structural integrity to ensure proper deployment.

“A safe installation is our utmost concern,” Gillespie said.

He said one of the recent changes in the industry is in the glass contained in retractable hard-top roofs. When that glass is replaced, it has to be recalibrated to ensure the roof retracts at the proper speed for the weight involved. 

After looking at possible locations in the area, they decided to lease the building at 64-B Hammond Lane, behind M&M Auto Body and Collision Center, owned by Michael Macey. He was using the 45-foot by 55-foot building for mechanical work and storage.

It has enough room for two service bays. Bushey and Gillespie did the renovations, including conversion of the south side of the building to a reception and waiting area.

North Country Auto and Glass can handle all of a customer’s insurance paperwork to alleviate one less hassle when repairs need to be made. Customers can wait while repairs are made, or take advantage of a courtesy ride to locations in the immediate Plattsburgh area.

North Country Auto Glass and Trim serves all of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, as well as part of St. Lawrence County. They just took delivery of their new mobile service van.

The partners thanked Dan and Dick Johnson for their support and encouragement.

“They gave us all the knowledge to open this place,” Gillespie said. “I hope we can be as successful.”

Gillespie said he is originally from Saranac and graduated from Saranac Central in 1987. He started at Johnson’s Auto Glass when he was 19 years old.

Bushey said he is originally from Beekmantown and now lives in West Chazy. He attended Beekmantown Central and also started at Johnson’s Auto Glass soon after.

North Country Auto Glass and Trim is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Emergency repairs are available.

Payment can be by cash, check and credit card. For more information, call 324-7200. Website construction is underway.

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