POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Employees there feel like President Trump is ignoring the negative side effects of steel tariffs which have caused more than 145 layoffs at the nail factory.
Phillip Bennett who has been working at Mid-Continent Steel and Wire for four years weighed in, “Yeah, you can create jobs but you need to stop and look at all the jobs you are taking away. Just creating those one to two hundred jobs doesn’t make up for the 200 that might lose their job here.”
Chris Pratt manages the nail factory and he said more than 145 people have been laid off since the steel tariff took effect on June 1.
?He believes the exemptions have more pros than cons and says DeAcero, their parent company in Mexico, has made huge investments in US manufacturing jobs since they acquired Mid-continent in 2012: “...Doubling the workforce, spending millions of dollars on new equipment, make investments so we can get a grant to build an overpass into the industrial park (in Poplar Bluff).”