The New Normal: How Coronavirus is impacting local repair businesses

The Sapulpa Times spoke to several local repair businesses to find out how the pandemic has affected business and what precautions are they taking.

Wayne Parker of Parker Plumbing said that business has dropped off dramatically. He said that they were not wearing masks but asked the customer to keep his or her distance.

David Nabozny of Nabozny’s Auto Electric said that during Spring Break he was busy, and even though the business has slowed since then, he has an ample number of customers. He attributes this to people taking their children’s vehicles in for maintenance while they are home from school. He also said he thought people being at home and not working, they had more time to bring their vehicles in for service.

Jim Whinery of J & P Automotive said that business had slowed to the point he has temporarily closed. He said he had been asking customers to keep their distance and he sanitized everything in the vehicle that he would need to touch.

Lonnie Sechrest of A & M Electric said that business had decreased dramatically. He was concerned that if this trend continues, he would have to lay employees off. He said he and his employees were wearing a mask when they went to customers’ homes or businesses.

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Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.