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The shutdown could have far-reaching effects on many local businesses that work with the Arsenal. We know the shutdown will have a lot of immediate effects on Government workers, from those working on the Arsenal to other Government offices and national parks, but the shut down could have a ripple effect that trickles down to some of local companies that do business with the Arsenal too.

Those possibly affecting our local economy right here in the QCA 

"It's from the top all the way down," said Sam Kupresin.
     
For Kupresin and 45 employees at the Mandus Group in Rock Island, an end to the Government shutdown can't come soon enough. 
     
The Mandus Group supplies equipment for the U.S. Army, National Guard, Marine Corps and other organizations.

"It does stress us out of course because we are a government contractor," said Kupresin. "100% of our business is involved in servicing the US military and so consequently, if this shutdown continues, it certainly could have an effect on us."
     
Right now, they're working to fulfill a contract for 450 of hydraulic service test repair units, among other items. They may have to stop if the shutdown continues.
 
"Then we don't deliver and we have to stop, wind down and start to postpone our orders with our vendor base," said Kupresin.
     
It not only affects them but the vendors they work with too. For example, every piece of equipment in this maintenance vehicle from the drawers to the tools inside, all comes from a different company, some of them local. 

"So it's a ripple affect that goes down the line," said Kupresin. "If the Army stops accepting our products, then we have to stop accepting the products that go into our product so it's just a chain reaction for our vendor base."
    
And they're not alone.
     
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce says there are over 600 contractors in our region that do work for the Arsenal. They could be impacted by this too. 

For now, work at the Mandus Group is going on as usual and company reps say if the shutdown only lasts a few days it won't affect them.
     
But it's all a question of when.