Representative Turner fights to keep manufacturing jobs in southwest Ohio


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) appeared before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) this week to defend Domtar employees and, more broadly, the Southwestern community of Ohio.

Domtar is a leading thermal paper manufacturer and influential employer in Southwest Ohio with a primary production site in West Carrollton.

“Domtar is an influential employer in Ohio’s 10th District that offers high paying jobs and if foreign companies continue to dump thermal paper in America, Domtar will have to dramatically downsize its operations and we will lose this critical capacity,” said Turner.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic slowing production around the world, the United States cannot afford to fall behind our domestic production due to the unfair practices of other countries. I have urged the USITC to look into this issue and work to put in place the appropriate precautions to prevent the spill and collapse of the Domtar plant in my community.

“We really appreciate the support and leadership from Congressman Turner on this issue,” said Robert Melton, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Domtar Corporation.

“Winning this business venture is critical to the long-term viability of our manufacturing facility in West Carrollton. Rep. Turner has mobilized meaningfully on behalf of the 93 women and men who work there.”

Background

On May 12, 2021, the Commerce Department preliminary determined that thermal paper producers in Germany, Korea, Japan and Spain are throwing thermal paper in the United States and flooding the industry. The ITC held a hearing today to make statements regarding the impact of dumping on the domestic industry.

Dumping is a term used in the context of international trade. It occurs when a country or company exports a product at a lower price in a foreign market than the price in the market of the exporting country or company. Because dumping normally involves massive amounts of export, it often endangers the fiscal health of the manufacturer of the product in the importing country.

Representative Mike Turner served as mayor of Dayton for eight years. He was first elected to Congress in 2002. Representative Turner is currently the senior member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he has jurisdiction over the country’s nuclear arsenal, programs. Ministry of Defense intelligence and also on missile defense systems. .


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