AHRI issues statement on steel, aluminum tariffs
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) says it is disappointed in the decision announced by President Trump to impose additional tariffs on steel and aluminum.
In letters to the President and to Commerce Secretary Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer, AHRI said it does not support additional tariffs on steel and aluminum due to their impact on manufacturers and consumers.
"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."