Glass Doctor’s in town

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rodney and Jewell Beck are the proud new owners of a Glass Doctor franchise.

Doing a good deed for family has turned into a fulltime profession for Rodney Beck, who along with wife Jewell, are the new owners of a Glass Doctor franchise.

For the last eight years, the couple has owned and operated Reliable Auto Glass in Andalusia, and when a Glass Doctor representative contacted them, they leapt at the chance to expand.

“My brother who lives near Pensacola, owns a glass company,” said Mrs. Beck. “Several years ago, he’d gotten hurt and broke all the bones in his hand. Rodney went down there to help him out, and when it was done, he said he really enjoyed it and wanted to do that for a living. I said, ‘Whatever makes you happy.’”

The couple started repairing auto glass, they said, and wanted to expand into the commercial and residential glass business. They said the Glass Doctor franchise was the easiest way.

“There was really no one doing that kind of work,” Mr. Beck said. “So we thought it would be a good fit. Now, we can do large windows, mirrors, shower enclosures, glass work inside and out,” he said.

Mrs. Beck said, “We can do anything but the glass you drink out of.”

The couple, who is sometimes assisted by their son, operate the business out of their Baisden Street storefront. Within the year, they hope to expand and add additional staff and a new service van.

One service they provide that might prove useful in light of Tropical Storm Isaac, which should begin to impact Covington County today, is the 24-hour board up service.

“Usually, that means when someone tries to break in a business and knocks out a window,” Mr. Beck said. “But it works great after a storm, too. Then you don’t have to stand there and guard your stuff. You can concentrate on clean up.”

The couple said they enjoy serving the people of Andalusia and Covington County.

“The people are so nice,” Mrs. Beck said. “We love doing business here.”