MANNING, S.C. (BRAIN) — The Trump Administration’s newly announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will — at least temporarily — put a jobs expansion proposal by Kent International on hold.
Arnold Kamler, Kent’s CEO, said the new tariffs pose no immediate impact to his company. However, Kamler is putting off a decision to purchase welding robots and start welding frames from imported pre-cut and shaped tubing at his South Carolina factory.
If Kamler were to move ahead by year’s end as he had planned, the move would have added between 60 and 80 jobs at his South Carolina facility. “The idea was to work first on the welding and then eventually purchase the automatic bending and laser cutting equipment, but this is now on hold,” Kamler told BRAIN.
“The move by the Trump Administration was done too hastily, and was done to fulfill his campaign promise, and will not help our economy and, in my opinion, will cause job loss,” he said.
Last year Kent International assembled approximately 300,000 bikes at its Manning factory. The city, with a population of about 5,000, is 63 miles southeast of Columbia, the state’s Capitol.
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