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Auto glass company opens facility

June 12, 2005

Hagerstown is the site for the first expansion into Maryland by central Pennsylvania glass company Cindy Rowe Auto Glass.

Its founder, native Marylander Cindy Rowe, said that as part of opening the facility at 1481 Salem Ave., she hopes to encourage more people in the Hagerstown area to help the environment by repairing, rather than replacing, their windshields.

"As a full-service auto glass company, we offer both windshield repair and replacement," said Rowe, who grew up in Baltimore. "However, we encourage consumers to have their windshield repaired, instead of replaced, when possible.

"Because windshields can't be recycled, each time a windshield is replaced, it goes into a landfill. If we can repair four windshields, rather than replacing them, we can save a cubic foot of landfill space. If we're able to repair 1,000 windshields, which is our goal in Hagerstown this year, we can save 250 cubic feet of the landfill."

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Rowe founded Cindy Rowe Auto Glass as a one-woman business 25 years ago, after a 13-year career as a registered nurse.

Rowe encourages entrepreneurism in young people through the annual Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, which has awarded more than $40,000 to high school students since 1999, according to a prepared release.

In addition to providing auto glass services, the company provides paintless dent repair. Its Web site is at www.cindyrowe.com.

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