People are being laid off at my US customers production facilities due to the increased cost of the raw materials they need to import to build their products.
Welsh Forest Products
Xena / AerChem
St. Charles, IL 60175
We have lost more than $60,000 this year due GSP. We import Granite stones that are not available in US. These beautiful color stones are available only overseas. American people need the choice of these beautiful stones. We have 22 jobs in line and relying on this business. So we need GSP to renewed right away to survive this year.
Global Values Inc.
“My company manufactures belts in the city of San Francisco. We are one of the last remaining US manufacturers in our industry. We have utilized all of the technological innovations available to us to remain competitive in our field. We employ 125 people in our factory. The leather we use from overseas is no longer available domestically, and we count on GSP to help maintain our viability as a manufacturer.”
San Francisco, CA 94124
We’ve been importing chromium trioxide from Kazakhstan for several years. The payment of duties because of GSP expiration has hurt our competitiveness, caused us to lose sales, and reduced our need for warehouse labor due to the lower sales volume.
Reinstatement of the GSP program will enable us to resume our company’s growth (and the resultant employment).
Michex International Inc.
Houston, TX 77068
Johnson City, Tenn
Besa Lighting, Inc.
We manufacture footwear components from sole leather purchased in Argentina. Our customer base is comprised primarily of domestic footwear manufacturers. Our largest customers are based in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Maine, Washington and of course, here in Pennsylvania.
There is no sole leather made in the USA today, thus it has to be imported. The higher cost due to the expiration of the GSP threatens not only jobs in our factory in Williamsport, but literally coast to coast.
Dave Murdock, Co-Owner
Williamsport, PA 17701