KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) - As a company that once produced everything from toys to tennis rackets and now does parts for planes, Starwin Industries knows how to change with the times.
But you can't adapt to what you don't know.
"That uncertainty is as bad as a bad decision," says Starwin Industries' President Rick Little.
The Kettering company and its 35 workers have actually seen some benefits from sequestration.
Government work is half its business. One of the biggest contracts is for radomes, which protect radar units on planes.
The replacement part is in demand with fewer new planes being purchased because of cuts.
"We've seen things pick up a little bit," Little says.
But many of the company's other government contracts are starting to go the way of the toys it once made.
"We're part of a multi-million dollar contract with the navy but they're afraid to spend a dollar," Little says. "In that contract they haven't spent anything."
Little says he hasn't had to lay anybody off but his fellow area contractors may be forced to soon.
"They're afraid that whole programs they support will be canceled," Little says.
Little says the uncertainty from Washington about future budgets has even hurt the commercial side of his business.
He holds out hope that just like with his business, political leaders will eventually hit on what they're good at.
"It's difficult to plan when your crystal ball is as fuzzy as ours is now," Little says.
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