Colonial Pipeline Shutdown Empties the Window Film Industry’s Tank

May 12th, 2021 by Chris Collier

According to CNN, gasoline demand has surged following a ransomware attack that crippled the Colonial Pipeline—a system that stretches more than 5,500 miles and transports about 45% of fuel consumed on the East Coast. The system transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil. Authorities believe criminal group DarkSide is responsible for the attack.

Gasoline demand in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia spiked by a collective 40.1% on Monday.

For Mike Burke, owner of Charlotte-based Sun Stoppers, the effects of the crisis hit sooner than that.

“We have six vans that go out doing residential and commercial work every day in Charlotte,” Burke said. “As of 2 p.m. [Tuesday], there was no gas in the stations.”

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown has taken the power out of many business owners’ hands.

“It’s a scary feeling when gas is what we need to get around and work to make money,” Burke said. “[I] felt horrible for my staff and employees.”

Les Helton, owner of Performance Window Tinting in Carrolton, Ga, said his business hasn’t been affected yet.

“If the shutdown continues for more than three days, it could definitely affect our business,” Helton said. “Window tint isn’t a need like having gas in your car. Customers will weigh out the options and choose gas over window film.”

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