The news of steel and aluminum tariffs being proposed this past spring by President Donald Trump’s administration was met with concern and frustration by many northern Michigan manufacturers.
As the tariffs began to take effect in June, many of these employers are reeling in the wake of the price increases, product lead times and general chaos in the market place. Other industries, such as agriculture in northern Michigan, are bracing for the impacts they know are coming from the retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries.
In April, the Chamber and the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Coalition teamed up to host a roundtable discussion with Michigan 1st District Representative Jack Bergman to talk about the issues surrounding the then proposed tariffs, and the local impacts to many manufacturing businesses. We have continued to follow up with the Congressman and his office – including encouraging he and his colleagues to sign a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in May – and are continuing to find opportunities to engage state and federal leaders on this topic.
In June, the Chamber sent a letter to every member of Michigan’s Congressional delegation to highlight the negative impact the tariffs are having on local, small and medium size businesses as they attempt to compete in global markets. Most recently, Chamber staff and board chair Kevin Schlueter of Kalkaska Screw Products sat down with U.S. Senator Gary Peters.
Click here to read the letter to Congress, and members facing impacts from the tariffs are encouraged to contact Chamber Director of Government Relations Kent Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-995-7109.