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Baytown Steel Manufacturer Exemption Request Denied

Baytown steel manufacturer Borusan Mannesman received a reply from the White House, denying a requested two year exemption on tariffs.

Employees of Baytown steel pipe manufacturer Borusan Mannesmann write postcards to President Trump asking for exception to steel tariffs


When the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Baytown steel manufacturer Borusan Mannesman requested a two year exemption so it could build a second factory in Baytown and stop importing green tube from its parent company in Turkey.

To try to stand out among the thousands of other companies pursuing similar "Section 232 exclusions," workers at the company wrote postcards to President Trump, Governor Abbott, and other politicians including Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

In the audio above, Houston Matters’ host Craig Cohen talked with Joel Johnson, CEO of Baytown steel manufacturer Borusan Mannesman, about his reaction after receiving a reply from the White House denying the exemptions and what–if any–other options they will pursue.

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