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Chicago Manufacturers Share Woes
Relating to Steel Tariffs

Chicago Manufacturers Share Woes
Relating to Steel Tariffs

Friday, June 28, 2002
 
Seventy of the area’s top manufacturing CEOs met June 24 in Chicago to discuss the effects steel tariffs are having on their businesses and the steel-consuming industry. Members of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Chicago District gathered at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) headquarters for the roundtable. “Everywhere in the industry the story is the same: We can’t get steel,” said Nels Leutwiler, CEO of Parkview Metal Products and PMA second vice chair, who presented attendees with an overview of the situation. “Domestic supply cannot support our demand. Prices have spiked across the board and we are at risk of losing our business.” About 50 companies were represented, including manufacturers, steel service centers, rollformers and spring manufacturers. Also in attendance were Senator Peter Fitzgerald and staff members from the offices of Congressman Mark Kirk and Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky’s, as well as representatives from TMA. PMA continues to inform the president and legislators of the effects steel tariffs are having on the metalforming industry. More roundtables are planned for other PMA districts throughout the country. “It is imperative that manufacturers speak out for the industry,” said Chris Howell, PMA director of government and public affairs. “Without action, it cannot survive.”

 

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