USA-Trade Frictions/Factory

Trump's tariffs backfire, force U.S. factory to shutdown

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Winnsboro, South Carolina, USA - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Sign board reading "Element", pointing location of Element
2. U.S. national flag
3. Workers walking
4. Vehicle running, factory
5. Walls of factory
6. Various of workers driving vehicles
7. Female worker walking
UPSOUND (English) Element worker (name not given) (with reporter asking questions):
(Reporter: "What do you think about it?")
"It is what is."
8. Vehicle running, bell tower
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Terri Vikers, President of Fairfield Country Chamber of Commerce (starting with shot 8):
"We knew the tariffs were in place. We had no idea that Winnsboro South Carolina was going to feel the detrimental impact of that so quickly. It was a shock."
10. Various of bell ringing, bell tower
11. Sign board reading "Element", pointing location of Element
12. Facility with words "Winnsboro"
13. Men talking, vehicles
14. Poster with words "Winnsboro, a town for all time"
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Terri Vikers, President of Fairfield Country Chamber of Commerce (starting with shot 14):
"It's like any change. There is detriment to begin with, but I do think that in the long run we are going to see a stabilization, which is going to be good for American business."
16. Workers walking out from factory

Storyline


U.S. President Donald Trump's tariff policy has forced a consumer-electronics manufacturing factory in South Carolina to shut down.

Element Electronics, a company aiming to bring the world's best technology home to Winnsboro in South Carolina, can't afford to assemble TVs at this site because Trump's tariffs have made imported Chinese components too expensive. It planned to close, laying off 126 employees and maintaining just a skeleton staff.

Element noted that the layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in their assembly operations in Winnsboro.

The Fairfield Country Chamber of Commerce is worried about the knock-on effect.

"We knew the tariffs were in place. We had no idea that Winnsboro South Carolina was going to feel the detrimental impact of that so quickly. It was a shock," said Terri Vikers, president of the Fairfield Country Chamber of Commerce.

While the U.S. unemployment is at record lows, it's nearly double the national average in Winnsboro, as the region has suffered some big economic blows in recent years. A textile mill which operated for more than 100 years closed last year in Winnsboro, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. That was after Walmart, another large employer, pulled out.

Element is trying to persuade the U.S. government to waive tariffs so that it can maintain operations.

"It's like any change. There is detriment to begin with, but I do think that in the long run we are going to see a stabilization, which is going to be good for American business," said Vikers.

But these workers don't have the time or money to stake their immediate futures on the outcome of an escalating trade war.

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  • ID : 8087630
  • Published : 2018-08-10 11:55
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-10 20:38:10
  • Location : Winnsboro,South Carolina,United States
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'23
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
  • ID : 8087630
  • Published : 2018-08-10 18:55
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-10 20:38:10
  • Location : وينزبورو,كارولاينا الجنوبية,الولايات المتحدة
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'23
  • Audio Language : الانجليزية/الصوت الطبيعي
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
  • ID : 8087630
  • Published : 2018-08-10 20:36
  • Last Modified : 2018-08-10 20:38:11
  • Location : Виннсборо,Южная Каролина,США
  • Category : economy, business and finance
  • Duration : 1'23
  • Audio Language : Английский/Естественный звук
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : Недоступно материковой части Китая
  • Version : 1
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