South Carolina plant announces closure, cites Trump tariffs
Experts warned Donald Trump that his ill-advised tariffs would have damaging ripple effects on a variety of industries and now American workers are paying the price. In South Carolina, 126 people are soon-to-be on the unemployment line. From WLTX:
Element TV Company in Winnsboro has served notice to the S.C. Department of Workforce and Employment (SCDEW) that it will close in October, which will result in the layoff of 126 of its 134 full-time employees.
The high tech television company said the tariffs are entirely to blame for their closure:
Officials with Element say the layoff and closure are the “result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro.”
Element has long paired its commitment to building state-of-the-art TVs with its belief in building the community it employs.
In 2014, they partnered with Walmart to tout their “assembled in the USA” approach, something that the workers and owners clearly took pride in during this video. One worker described the company coming to Winnsboro, South Carolina, as a “blessing.”
In 2015, the company championed workers and jobs here in the U.S.A, even releasing an ad explaining why they wanted to bring these jobs back to America.
What a shame. Here’s to hoping they’ll be back at work this fall.