De Soto Twenty-nine employees at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant were told Monday they would lose their jobs as a result of federal budget cuts.
Sharon Fritz, public affairs officer at Sunflower, said the plant's operating contractor, Hercules Inc., was forced to lay off employees who hold positions associated with maintenance of Sunflower's inactive industrial facilities.
"The layoffs were due to decreased federal funding for maintenance of inactive facilities at the plant," she said, adding that employees were given 60 days notice.
Hercules Inc. operates the plant under contract with the Army and currently employs 698 people.
Fritz said the nitroguanadine production area has been the only active area at the plant for a number of years, but other facilities are maintained for mobilization purposes in case additional production is needed.
She maintained that the layoffs are not related to the Army's proposal to mothball the plant in August as a result of a reduced demand for nitroguanidine, part of a three-component propellent used in tank and artillery ammunition.