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Steel Tariffs; Do they help us or hurt us?

It is clear that the current administration stands squarely on the side of the American worker, and looks to the private sector to provide the jobs.  To make that happen, the government must provide an atmosphere that gives business the confidence to invest in themselves because they feel it will be profitable to do so. From research and development of new products, to higher efficiency production techniques, it is all driven by the profit motive which is the inherent driver of free market capitalism.  There are a lot of areas that the government has the ability to impact in creating the necessary positive atmosphere for American business to flourish, international trade is one.

Currently there is a lot of discussion about the steel industry.  Many say that American steel companies (and thus American steel workers) are hurt by foreign countries “dumping” steel in America. Dumping refers to artificially low prices usually due to foreign governments subsidizing their steel producers for product sold to other countries.  The effect is a corrupted market and unfair competition for non-subsidized producers.

Most would find history shows that tariffs create trade wars and in the long run lower economic activity for all parties – which would hurt workers in all countries.  Will a steel tariff help all Americans, or just the steel workers?  Below are some links to articles related to proposed tariffs on foreign steel.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-steel-tariff-threat-faces-resistance-from-lawmakers-1498210202

https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-must-punish-steel-dumpers-with-tariffs-1497543575

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trade-war-risks-from-national-security-tariffs-1497800037

 

Bull Metal Products attends NFPA show in Boston

Bull Metal Products attended that NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) show in Boston last week.  The show was vibrant and well attended.  Many new products and services related to fire prevention, detection, and fighting were on display.

As a component provider of metal enclosures and chassis to many OEM’s in the fire protection industry, Bull Metal met with both current customers and prospective new customers

U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accord

U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accord does not change our individual or collective responsibility to be environmentally conscious stewards of our planet.

As individuals there are a lot of simple and small things we can do to be environmentally friendly.  Collectively this has a significant impact on our environment.

The same can be said for industrial manufacturers. Being squeaky-clean- green can seem like an overwhelming task for small manufacturers.  However, breaking it down and starting with the simple steps is a way to make it less daunting and less costly while having a positive impact on our environment.  An added benefit is that there are potential cost savings to be had when embracing green initiatives as a manufacturer.

Here is a link to a brief but informative article regarding eco-friendly manufacturing.

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/making-manufacturing-processes-ecofriendly-38937.html

 

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