DSE Inc., a maker of military ordnance, has cut 113 jobs in its Tampa facility in the wake of losing out on a major government contract in March.
In a layoff notice filed late last week with the state, DSE said the affected workers were initially furloughed and expected to be recalled within six months. That was why, the company said, it did not previously alert the state through a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, notice, which is required when companies with more than 100 employees plan to lay off 50 or more workers.
However, "due to business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable," the furloughs became permanent job cuts effective May 31, according to DSE's notice
Two months ago, DSE lost out on getting a share of a $64.5 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 40mm practice and tactical ammunition. In previous years, the award had been split with Wisconsin-based AMTEC Corp., which was awarded an exclusive contract this year.