Holiday Season Leaves Some Residents Without Work

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A wiregrass company is seeing less business come through this holiday season.

PEMCO World Air Services says they are cutting back because of a lack of airplanes coming through their hangars.

The PEMCO Company provides heavy maintenance and modification services for different aircraft from around the world.

Right now, work is hard to come by, but officials say that's typical this time of year.

PEMCO is temporarily scaling back it's workforce; a common practice for the company during the holiday season.

“This time of the year they don’t have a lot of aircraft scheduled in because of the holidays,” said Art Morris, Airport Manager at Dothan Regional Airport.

“Those aircraft are being used because of the holiday travel season so that's when airlines make a lot of money during the holiday season,” said Matt Parker, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President

Right now, PEMCO is performing maintenance on two airplanes.
There's a third on the way, but because of construction on the airport runway, there's been a delay.

“We should be able to get that aircraft in this week. We are waiting on one piece of equipment to be certified so that particular aircraft can land on our short runway,” said Morris.

Officials at PEMCO declined a request for an on camera interview but they did release a statement:

“Pemco’s Dothan customers recently notified the company of their plans to operate all of their airplanes during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period and to temporarily discontinue maintenance at that time. As well, runway construction at the Dothan Airport is preventing some customers from landing large aircraft. These two developments will result in a gradual workforce draw-down over the next 45 days, with a corresponding ramp up immediately following New Year’s. We have informed our employees of this development, and will actively work with them to preserve their jobs and benefits over the hiatus period,”

“We know how important that company is and this community has always stood very strongly to support them,” added Parker.

Parker says PEMCO isn't the only company feeling the effects of the economic recession.

“I think as a whole the climate for all the businesses right now is a lot tougher than it has been in past years,”

But for now, it looks like many PEMCO employees will be home for the holidays.

About 500 employees will be affected by this temporary hiatus.

WTVY spoke with a couple of them today. They say they'll be working sparingly over the holiday season, a couple of hours here and there, performing menial tasks.

PEMCO World Air Services has performed more than 300 aircraft conversions over the past 40 years for operators around the world.

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  • by curious Location: Dothan on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    If you are laid off "indefinitely", your benefits do NOT continue, your insurance is no longer in force effective the first day of the next month! How does that translate to helping workers maintain benefits?? It is bad enough to be without work (thus without PAY) during the holiday season, but to be without health insurance as well? Go ahead, kick me while I'm down!
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