Updated July 15, 2013 - News release issued by Day & Zimmermann:
Day & Zimmermann Announces Completion of Land Transfer from U.S. Army to Save Operations at the Former Kansas Ammunition Plant
Philadelphia, PA - July 15, 2013 - Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), the century-old, family-owned provider of construction & engineering, staffing, and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world, today announced the completion of a land transfer with the U.S. Army, which included a portion of land from the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, to D&Z in Parsons, Kansas.
"We're ecstatic that the land transfer process is finally completed and the ammunition plant is a D&Z owned and operated facility," said Mike Yoh, President of Munitions & Government at Day & Zimmermann. "Now that the ownership uncertainties are behind us, our workforce is reenergized and refocused to move forward with facility plans that will expand our customer-base, increase production and strengthen our workforce."
This agreement marks the end of nearly eight years of negotiations and allows D&Z to continue operations at the Parsons plant for its nearly 130 employees. As part of the land transfer, D&Z acquired 4,112 acres of property, and also agreed to take on the environmental clean-up of those acres in accordance with the Purchase and Sale Agreement.
"It's been a difficult process, but the final step to continued operational success is for the Great Plains Development Authority (GPDA) to honor their prior commitments and execute their part of the agreements," said Tom Rudy, Vice President & General Manager at Day & Zimmermann Munitions. "Those agreements are vital to ensure the competitiveness of this facility and ultimately the number of jobs in Parsons."
In preparation for the land transfer, the company signed a standing agreement with the GPDA in December 2011, which outlined logistics and payment specifications for water and wastewater upon transfer of the property.
"We're finally looking forward to putting this behind us and once again focusing on what we do best -supplying the best ammunition to the best military in the world," said Sally Boulanger, Operations Director at the Parsons Ammunitions Facility.
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Updated March 11, 2013 by Liz Holliday: An agreement will save jobs at a former southeast Kansas army ammunition plant.
After seven and a half years of negotiations the U.S. Army has reached an agreement with Day and Zimmerman for D and Z to continue operations at the former plant. As part of the agreement Day and Zimmerman will acquire just over 4,100 acres of the property.
The U.S. Army had planned on vacating the land near Parsons, Kansas due to budget cuts.
Officials have not disclosed financial terms of the agreement.
Updated March 10, 2013: Day and Zimmermann signs a new agreement with the U.S. Army to save the Parsons, Kansas ammunition plant, saving the jobs of many.
The company received approvals to sign the purchase and sale agreement to allow the U.S. Army to transfer more than 4,100 acres of land to D & Z. The company will also take part in the environmental cleanup of those acres. The agreement comes after 7 1/2 years of negotiations.
What is left now is to consummate the transfer of property.
Posted January 18, 2013: Employees at the Day & Zimmerman Ammunition Plant near Parsons, Kansas says they are at risk of closing down, which could leave 150 locals without jobs.
Tonya Hudson works two jobs, one as a care giver, and the other as an explosions operator at the ammunition plant.
But after a staff meeting Thursday morning she heard word that her job at Day & Zimmermann is now at risk.
"They just explained to us that the Army is basically tired of negotiating with Day & Zimmermann and that they want us to pack up and get out," says Hudson.
According to Hudson a letter from the U.S. Army, who owns the land Day & Zimmermann is on, was read at aTthursday meeting and told Day & Zimmermann employees that they had 180 days to get everything they own off of the property.
This comes after seven and a half years of negotiation with the Army over land for the plant.
"They said that we should contact our senators, our government, our governors, write letters," says Hudson.
Kansas 7th District state representative Richard Proehl says that is happening.
"I've gotten a lot of phone calls, especially from constituents who work out there," says Proehl.
Proehl says that most are worried about the potential job losses, not just for Day & Zimmermann employees, but for the local economy as well.
"Any time you lose jobs, then they aren't shopping for groceries, they aren't buying as much fuel, they aren't going out to eat, so everything... it just snowballs, and everything kind of goes downhill," says Proehl.
But Proehl says not to lose hope and that representatives on the national level are in office to try and help. He says he is telling constituents to do as he does and contact Kansas U.S. Senators Roberts and Moran's offices and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins to see what can be done.
We made calls to Day & Zimmerman today for comment on the issue but have not yet heard a response.