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Tiberi Statement on USITC Vote in Favor of Whirlpool Workers

"This is good news for the 10,000 Ohioans who work for Whirlpool and a big win for American-made products."

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Washington, October 5, 2017 | Olivia Hnat | comments
"This is good news for the 10,000 Ohioans who work for Whirlpool and a big win for American-made products."
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Congressman Pat Tiberi released the following statement praising the U.S. International Trade Commission’s unanimous vote determining that a surge of large residential washer imports from Samsung and LG has seriously injured American manufacturers and workers. The vote was part of a section 201 safeguard petition Whirlpool Corp. filed earlier this year to stop Samsung and LG from repeated country hopping to evade U.S. trade laws.
 
“When our trade laws are strictly enforced, that provides the right incentives for American manufacturers to keep investing in the American worker. So I am pleased that after my testimony in September, the USITC unanimously voted in favor of Whirlpool and their ability to compete on a level playing field against global competitors. This is good news for the 10,000 Ohioans who work for Whirlpool and a big win for American-made products.”
 
On September 7, 2017, Tiberi testified before the USITC and urged them to vote in favor of Whirlpool workers in Ohio. The following was his testimony:
 
“Chairman Schmidtlein, Vice-Chairman Johanson, and Members of the Commission.  
 
“It is an honor to appear today along with Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. I’m here to support Whirlpool’s petition for global safeguard relief on large residential washers.
 
“Whirlpool has 10,000 workers in the Ohio communities of Findlay, Marion, Ottawa, Greenville, and Clyde.  It is a company that takes pride in American manufacturing, employing 25,000 workers nationwide and supporting tens of thousands of additional jobs in its supply chain.  If you go to a home appliance store and look at the fantastic appliances made by Whirlpool, you’ll see a red, white, and blue sticker that proudly says “Designed, Engineered, and Assembled in America.”  There could not be a better model for American manufacturing.
 
“A key part of Whirlpool’s American manufacturing footprint is in a small town in north central Ohio, just down the road from Sandusky.  Whirlpool has 3,000 dedicated employees at the Clyde facility, where they produce high-quality, innovative washers.  That facility is the lifeblood of the Clyde community and the communities that surround Clyde, from which Whirlpool sources component parts and raw materials like steel from other American manufacturers.
 
“I do not need to tell you, but trade is a front-page topic these days.  Companies are reinvesting in America, which is something Whirlpool never stopped doing.  
 
“This reinvestment in America hinges upon fair trade.  All producers — whether domestic or foreign — need to follow U.S. trade law.  When it comes to washers, Samsung and LG have engaged in a pattern of unacceptable trade practices.  These companies have been shipping unchecked volumes of washing machines into the United States from multiple export platforms over the last few years.  This surge in imports has been fueled by Samsung and LG’s “country-hopping” to evade country-specific antidumping orders every step of the way.  High volumes of imports — imports that this Commission has already found to have been unfairly traded — have eroded the domestic industry’s financial performance and have turned a winning decision to manufacture in the United States into a losing one.  
 
“Samsung and LG’s “country hopping” behavior is extremely frustrating.  But with an effective safeguard remedy in place, if Samsung and LG want to relocate their manufacturing again to avoid trade measures, the only place they can go is here, to America.  I have seen some articles indicating they are opening facilities in the United States.  From my point of view, if this safeguard case ensures they actually move to the United States and they actually make washers here, it would be a great result for America, and finally allow all washer producers to compete on a level playing field.
 
“On behalf of American workers who are trying to compete and win here in the United States, I am asking you to fairly consider the facts in light of the legal requirements under Section 201.  Given what this Commission has found in prior cases, there can be no doubt that the domestic washers industry is seriously injured and the cause is from the substantial and increasing volume of imported washers.  And the need for a remedy is urgent. Thank you.”

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