Portman Welcomes President Trump’s Visit to Clyde, Ohio’s Whirlpool Factory
Portman Has Successfully Fought to Protect Whirlpool’s Workers Against Unfair Trade Practices
WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) welcomed the news that President Trump will be visiting Clyde, Ohio’s Whirlpool factory. Since joining the Senate in 2011, Portman has fought on behalf of Ohio Whirlpool workers against unfair trade practices. Specifically, Portman has consistently worked to level the playing field for Whirlpool and its 10,000 Ohio workers, including the more than 3,000 workers at Clyde -- Whirlpool’s largest American factory. Portman released the following statement:
“I’m pleased that President Trump will be visiting the world-class workforce at Whirlpool’s Clyde factory. Since I joined the Senate in 2011, I’ve successfully fought to level the playing field for Whirlpool’s workers to ensure they can effectively compete with their foreign competitors. Over the years, I’ve testified before the International Trade Commission four times to combat unfair foreign trading practices.
“Unfortunately as Whirlpool won cases against unfairly traded washing machines, foreign trade cheats moved production to other countries to avoid paying the tariffs. First, production moved from Korea and Mexico to China and then to Vietnam and Thailand. This whack-a-mole approach was unsustainable, which is why I supported Whirlpool’s safeguard case to impose global tariffs on washing machines. In response to my testimony at the ITC, I was pleased that the ITC approved, and President Trump authorized, the safeguard in 2017, and since those tariffs went into effect Whirlpool has increased their investment in their workers and American production. I will continue to everything I can to ensure the jobs of hardworking Ohioans are secure during these uncertain times.”
NOTE: Portman is the co-author of the ENFORCE Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is paying dividends for Ohio’s workers, and he has worked closely with Whirlpool and its Ohio employees to combat unfair foreign trading practices. In 2012, Portman sent a letter urging the Commerce Department to defend Whirlpool, which returned all production to the United States in 2008. He also provided testimony to the ITC on four separate occasions on behalf of Whirlpool. In response to evidence of foreign companies dumping their washers in the U.S. market, the ITC heeded Portman’s concerns and penalized those foreign companies with anti-dumping tariffs. After foreign competitors moved production to other countries to avoid paying those anti-dumping tariffs, Portman advocated for Whirlpool’s Section 201 “safeguards” case to impose global tariffs on washing machines. President Trump imposed those Section 201 tariffs in January 2017.