SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- You may have forgotten about the 'sequester' but many Connecticut workers and their families have not.
The automatic federal spending cuts that went into affect back in March are causing slow downs at many Connecticut Defense Contractors, and with another federal budget showdown coming next month, jobs may be on the line.
There are hundreds of smaller companies here in Connecticut, employing thousands that depend heavily on these defense contracts.
Workers at a Connecticut company are making the same kind of microscopic circuitry found in devices you probably use everyday, like cellphones, GPS, and WIFI modems.
But the ones they make guide the 'Patriot Missle' that can detect and destroy an incoming missle that may be only 10 feet long, traveling at three to five times the speed of sound, protecting civilians and soldiers from attack.
"Our parts are used in the ground radar that finds the target and guides the missle," said Tom Marten, Phonon Corporation.
But while the market for cellphones and GPS devices appears to be steady, orders for the more sophisticated circuits they make here at Phonon Corporation are dropping, dropping because of the sequester, the automatic government spending cutbacks that went into effect back in March.
Employees News 8 spoke with there Tuesday, said they are worried.
"Actually, I am, yes, and you know how things are, they snow ball, go down hill, ya know, it may not stop here," said Craig Tuitt, Torrington.
"We're starting to get a little bit worried. Things are slowing down and we really hope that the President's defense budget passes. A lot of families in this company's depending on it," said Jennifer Hanna, Enfield.
But Craig and Jennifer are not alone. Connecticut is heavily dependent on these kinds of contracts because so many smaller companies like Phonon depend on it for the bulk of their work.
Senator Dick Blumenthal came there Tuesday to get a picture from the big bosses about what it would mean if they continue to lose orders.
"There are hundreds of these companies that are, in essence, suppliers of parts, components vital to weapons platforms that are essential to our national security," said Blumenthal.
The slowdown they're already seeing at this company is from the first round of the Sequester.
Blumenthal says he's not against spending cuts, but doesn't see this as a smart spending cut.
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