Rep. Mike Turner this morning testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of Southwest Ohio companies NewPage Corporation and SMART Papers in their case on unfair competition from paper producers in Indonesia and China. In his testimony, Turner pressed the ITC to take action to prohibit the illegal undercutting of U.S. manufacturers.
“It is important to level the playing field so domestic manufacturers can compete in a global economy,” Rep. Turner said. “Overseas producers should not be permitted to profit from engaging in trade practices that violate international trade rules, particularly at the expense of American jobs.”
Last November, Rep. Turner, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Sen. George Voinovich sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. International Trade Commission Marilyn Abbott urging the ITC to continue its review of the damages NewPage and SMART Papers incurred as a result of dumps and subsidized imports from China and Indonesia. In 2008, NewPage was forced to close its sheeting facility for coated paper due to these unfair trade practices, resulting in a loss of 175 Ohio jobs.
NewPage Corporation is a Miamisburg, Ohio-based paper production company that employs over 350 employees in the Dayton region. SMART Papers, located in Hamilton, Ohio, produces coated paper and employs around 220 workers.