NEWPORT (AP) -- A Vermont company that makes helmets for the U.S. military has laid-off 35 of 57 workers at its Newport plant because it didn’t get a government contract it had hoped for.
Gregory Maguire of Revision Military says the government shutdown is complicating efforts to win other contracts that would allow it to get its workers back on the job.
Maguire says officials had hoped to increase the number of employees, but there are no federal contracts available now. The layoffs do not affect the company’s Essex facility.
The Newport plant makes advanced combat helmets.
The Caledonian Record reports the employees were laid off with the understanding that they would be rehired when the shutdown ends and the U.S. Department of Defense again puts out bid requests for materials.