WMMA says proposed tariffs already affecting steel prices, plans to survey members
May 1, 2018 | 8:15 pm CDT
LAHAINA, HI -- Several members of the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) Public Policy Committee said today that they have already seen significant increases in steel even though the Trump Administration's proposed 25% steel tariffs on Europe, Mexico and Canada have been stalled to at least June 1.  The comments were made during the WMMA Public Policy Committee's annual meeting at the Wood Industry Conference.
According to Todd Herzog, the Public Policy Committe Chairman and President of CNC Machinery manufacturer Accurouter, the situation has prompted the group to prepare a member survey to fully understand the impact of the proposed steel tariffs.
"WMMA will be emailing a short survey to its members to understand their thoughts and concerns about the proposed steel tariff to the competitive landscape," said Herzog.  "That feedback will be used to develop a series of handouts for elected officials." Herzog said funding for continuing technical education will a remain a high priority with the group as well.
The WMMA, WMIA, and AWFS will be conducting a fly-in to meet members of Congress in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers, June 19-21.  Among the benefits of WMMA & WMIA member companies is a discount to exhibit at IWF Atlanta.  Inquire with Dan Bond ([email protected]) about either joining the association or participating in the fly-in.

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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.