Day & Zimmermann Announces Workforce Reduction at Kansas Munitions Plant

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 18, 2014 – Day & Zimmermann, the century-old, family-owned provider of construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world, today announced it will be reducing its workforce at its Parsons, Kansas location, former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, beginning in mid November. The decision comes as current production contracts come to an end. Despite recent efficiency and workflow adjustments, decreases in demand and contract work, resulting from the defense budget downturn, is forcing the company to reduce its workforce while continuing to pursue opportunities for the facility. The plant is expected to cease production by year’s end.

“This is an extremely difficult decision for our company, and while we will be stopping production, I want to be clear, we are not closing the plant,” said Michael Yoh, President of Munitions & Government at Day & Zimmermann. “If demands change moving forward, our Kansas plant will be ready and able to take on new contracts and production projects. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to support our employees and ensure they are fully informed throughout this process. ”

Over the past five years, contracts in Kansas have matured or are winding down, and the site does not have enough sustainable business on the horizon to create an affordable cost structure to maintain and win new business.

“We recognize how this will affect the lives of the highly skilled men and women who work here, so we will do everything possible to assist our employees, their families and the community through this difficult transition," said Tom Rudy, Vice President & General Manager at Day & Zimmermann Munitions.

The Kansas plant currently has 109 employees: 84 union and 25 non-union. Day & Zimmermann is providing assistance and ongoing support to employees during this difficult time.


Day & Zimmermann is a century-old, family-owned company whose 21,000 employees specialize in construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations with 2.2 Billion USD in revenue, Day & Zimmermann is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes. Founded in 1901 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, our first work was to develop "Betterment Reports" that helped modernize American factories. Today, we are still in the business of betterment -- maintaining the nation's power infrastructure, protecting American freedoms and driving technological advancements around the world. We do what we say.®