When the events of 9/11 occurred, there were few industries hit as hard as aviation. There were many reasons that event took such a large toll on the industry, but regardless of those reasons, the landscape we were operating in was forever changed on that fateful day.
Led by the legacy carriers, aviation began to experience a large number of bankruptcies and structural overhauls. Demand for aircraft technicians fell to almost zero after and many found themselves jobless.
The events of September 11th seemed to make a very fragile industry even more so as it struggled to stay afloat. Because STS was a niche-based operation, it took the hit of the industry downturn very hard. In the months following the attacks, our team decided that STS could no longer survive being an aircraft mechanic staffing service selling to the MRO industry exclusively.
A few months after 9/11, the idea for STS Aviation Group was conceived. We began to brainstorm on how we could leverage the great network of support we already had in the aviation industry and soon asked ourselves, “How could we use that support to springboard new service offerings to our current customers?”