A Jeffersonville company is telling national media outlets that it’s had to lay off 75 employees since February because of tariffs.
The CEO of Brinly-Hardy Co., which was founded in 1893 in Kentucky, but has been manufacturing lawncare accessories in Jeffersonville for 20 years, originally testified before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in July about the damages tariffs have been wreaking on her business.
Jane Hardy warned that the taxes on imported goods could be the “nail in our coffin” for her company, as prices have risen by as much as 37 percent for the domestic steel that Brinly-Hardy uses. The United States has imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on foreign imports of the materials, which has reduced competition and raised prices for domestic steel.
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