Ozark aviation business hit hard by pandemic

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Since the pandemic hit, aviation across the nation has taken a huge hit.

At Globalstar Aerospace, owner Todd McGarvey said it’s affected his business too.

“I think aviation, at the end of the day, would be one of the hardest-hit industries, but to say that it hasn’t affected our business would be a huge understatement,” McGarvey said.

Since the grand opening in July of Globalstar Aerospace, Mcgarvey said it’s been difficult.

Before COVID hit, business was booming, and they were expanding. Now the industry is 50 percent of what it once was.

McGarvey said the feeling is unsettling, but he has hope that it will go back to normal.

“I don’t think it’s a terminal situation; I think the aviation will come back to the same extent it was before,” he said.

When it comes to his business, COVID-19 hasn’t caused them to make too many adjustments aside from wearing a mask.

Being a federal aviation company, they typically work with equipment wearing gloves and working isolated — following CDC guidelines anyway.

Mayor Bob Bunting said while many people have lost jobs across the Wiregrass, he hopes Globalstar Aerospace will continue to bring a financial boost to his city.

“They’re well-paying jobs,” Bunting said. “The City of Ozark is all about aviation. This is the kind of thing we need. It’s job creation. Globalstar Aerospace belongs here.”

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