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September 6, 2018

Q&A: Small manufacturer caught in trade war

  • ‘A small company like ours — we are getting squeezed between our customers and foreign competition. We will disappear."
  • By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — Troy Roberts has been at ground zero for the trade war being waged by President Donald Trump. And he worries that American companies like his will get hurt.

    Roberts is CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing, which employs 74 people at a plant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, producing specialty metal parts for medical equipment. The cost of the steel and aluminum he uses jumped after Trump announced his intention in March to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.


     
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