December 9, 2012

New auto glass shop open

PLATTSBURGH — Two former employees look to carry on the Johnson’s Auto Glass and Trim Shop tradition.

Trevor Gillespie and Kevin Bushey are the owners of North Country Auto Glass and Trim. The former employees at Johnson’s Auto Glass opened the business Nov. 12 after that business closed near the end of October after 59 years in business.

Bushey said he worked at Johnson’s for 33 years, while Gillespie said he worked there for 25.

They are working to spread the word to former vendors and customers about their new business.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response,” Gillespie said. “We thank them for coming with us in this new venture.”

In addition to all types of auto glass, they can also offer repairs or replacement safety glass for heavy-duty equipment. North Country Auto Glass also specializes in sales and service of all aspects of convertible roofs.

“Our main thing is anything to do with automotive glass and convertibles for now. We do everything but house glass so far,” Bushey said, adding they hope to eventually offer that service as well.

There are three employees at the moment, the two owners and an office manager. They hope to bring two other former Johnson’s employees on board in the near future, Bushey said.

They decided to start their own company because the auto-glass business is what they have done their whole lives. Both said they didn’t want to start working for another auto-glass company.

“We have a certain way we want things done,” Bushey said.

Gillespie said they have arrangements with a number of service garages so their mobile units can do repairs and replacements in a controlled environment. While the urethane sealants used in the industry are rated for installations in temperatures as low as zero degrees, they prefer the quality that can be achieved in a controlled environment.

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