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According to a statement issued by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, the association is “disappointed” in the decision announced March 1 by President Trump to impose additional tariffs on steel and aluminum.
“As we made clear in letters to the president, and to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, AHRI does not support additional tariffs on steel and aluminum due to their impact on manufacturers and consumers,” the statement says.
"As major users of steel and aluminum, we have been proactive in explaining to the administration that the HVACR and water heating industry would be negatively impacted by an increase in tariffs, as would the consumers that rely on the products we manufacture," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "While we have been pleased with the Trump Administration's enthusiastic support for manufacturing, we believe this step to be injurious, rather than helpful, to our efforts to increase American manufacturing and create jobs."
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