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Plexiglass, puzzles and pedals: The pandemic economy in Texas

“We’re not only excited we have a job, but we’re also involved in trying to slow down this [virus],” said the CEO of a plexiglass company in Houston.
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A shopping cart sits at the edge of a fairly empty parking lot in front of a normally busy retail shopping center in Dallas, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The first U.S. economic indicators to capture the devastation brought on by the pandemic have begun to arrive. The plunge in retail sales exceeded what happened during the economic crisis a decade ago and industrial production posted the biggest declines since the United States demobilized after World War II. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS — Even as COVID-19 cuts a deep hole in the Texas economy forcing businesses to either operate at a fraction of their capacity or close permanently, the virus is creating a boom for some companies.

“We’re hearing from everyone. We’re hearing from hospitals, from dentist offices, from car dealerships, from restaurants – anybody who is concerned about the safety of their customers,” said Carolyn Faulk, CEO at A&C Plastics in Houston.

Her company distributes plexiglass panels across the country. Demand is surging.

“We’re not only excited we have a job, but we’re also involved in trying to slow down this [virus],” Faulk added.

At the Richardson Bike Mart, Woody Smith said he has 6,700 bicycles on back order for customers that are now spending more time outside.

In Central Texas, J.B. Manning, who owns the Wimberley Puzzle Company, said so many people are at home now that it has led to a spike in orders for his puzzles. He has even shipped them around the world since this all started.

Faulk, Smith and Manning are among the guests for this week's episode of the Y'all-itics political podcast.

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