PoliticalNews.me - Feb 25,2017 - In Clyde, Portman Holds Town Hall Meeting with Whirlpool Employees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Whirlpool plant in Clyde, Ohio that employs more than 3,000 Ohio workers. Portman toured the plant and spoke with employees and plant leadership during an employee town hall meeting to discuss his work on behalf of Whirlpool and its employees and to hear how he can continue to help Ohio workers.
“The workers here in Clyde make a world-class product as efficiently as anyone, and they are doing it all right here in the U.S. at plants like this one because they know that we have the most skilled workforce anywhere in the world. With a washer coming off the assembly line every four seconds and dozens of state-of-the-art autonomous vehicles buzzing around the floor, it’s easy to see why Whirlpool is investing in Clyde,” said Senator Portman. “I held a town hall meeting with Whirlpool employees today to discuss our efforts to help them compete on a level playing field with foreign competition, and I appreciated hearing from them. I will continue my work to crack down on unfair imports and ensure that the workers in Ohio like those I met today get a fair shake. With a level playing field, they can compete with anyone.”
Portman is the author of the ENFORCE Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is already paying dividends for Ohio’s workers, and he has worked closely with Whirlpool and its Ohio employees to combat unfair foreign trading practices. In 2012, Portman sent a letter urging the Commerce Department to defend Whirlpool, which returned all production to the United States in 2008. He also provided testimony to the International Trade Commission (ITC). In response to evidence of foreign companies dumping their washers in the U.S. market, the ITC heeded Portman’s concerns and penalized those foreign companies with anti-dumping tariffs. Following the ruling, however, South Korean manufacturers moved their washer production facilities to China, skirting the order and continuing to dump its products unfairly into the United States.
The Commerce Department recently issued a preliminary ruling confirming that South Korean manufacturers continue to engage in unlawful dumping of clothes washers into the U.S. Portman wrote a letter urging the Secretary of Commerce to protect Ohio workers like those at Whirlpool by updating the tariff rates to better reflect market changes since an initial anti-dumping order in 2013 on imported Large Residential Washers (LRWs) from Korea. Portman testified before the ITC to make his case, and just last month, following Portman’s testimony, the ITC ruled that Whirlpool workers have been harmed by the flood of unfairly traded washing machine imports from China. The decision means additional duties will be applied to washers imported from China into the United States.