Congressman Gibbs joins bipartisan effort, testifies for American Workers before Trade Commission

June 19, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) testified before the U.S.  International Trade Commission in the matter of Tapered Roller Bearing from China Investigation No. 731-TA-344 today. The testimony took place under the investigation petitioned by the Timken Company in order to ensure that the antidumping duty order on tapered roller bearings (TRBs) from China was continued.  The removal of this particular order would lead to an increase in imports from China at depressed prices which would result in lost volume for domestic producers.

“In my district alone, the Timken New Philadelphia bearings plant employs hundreds of workers producing numerous varieties of tapered roller bearings.  These men and women take pride in their work and I hope that they have the opportunity to remain at their jobs as long as they wish. Unfortunately, these manufacturing jobs are unlikely to survive if the antidumping order on TRBs does not remain in effect. “

“Removal of this order would lead to a large increase of imports from China at very depressed prices which, would result in lost volume for domestic producers. This would result in the closure of plants and the loss of jobs for working men and women in Ohio and across America.”  

China’s trading practices are an ongoing threat to the domestic tapered roller bearing industry. American Companies and workers can compete with any country in the world given a level playing field.  Foreign Governments subsidizing their businesses to allow them to dump artificially low-priced materials into our markets is unfair trade.  Congressman Gibbs (OH-18) testified with four other Ohio members of Congress: Senator Sherrod Brown, Betty Sutton (OH-13) and Jim Renacci (OH-16) on this issue in hopes that the antidumping duty order will stay in effect to continue to grow, not only Ohio’s jobs but the country’s as well.