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Made in America

A hearing set for Sept. 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland will be the latest round of a dispute in which Canada and Mexico are challenging U.S. regulations for labeling the origin of certain meat products.907MadeInUsaHeader

The World Trade Organization will conduct the arbitration hearing as Mexico and Canada inch closer to implementing retaliatory tariffs.

In June, Congress approved a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken with many of the bill’s backers noting the U.S. had already lost disputes and appeals to the WTO.

During deliberations on the bill, Congressman K. Michael Conway, (R- Texas), a sponsor who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, said Canada and Mexico challenged the rule implementing COOL within months after the rule was published.

Each year, Labor Day gives us a chance to recognize the achievements and contributions of workers to Ohio and our nation. 907MadeInUsaHeaderLast month I had the opportunity to travel across Ohio on a jobs tour that took me over 3,000 miles through 22 different counties where I met with workers in factories, on farms, in a coal mine and in businesses large and small. As always, I was impressed at the determination, resolve and creativity of Ohio workers.

Some of those I have been working with are in the tire and rubber industry, which has a very proud history in our state. For more than 100 years, generations of Ohio workers have not only manufactured tires that drive America, but they have also been important engines to our local economy. If we want to keep this industry competitive and grow the number of good paying manufacturing jobs in our state then we must make sure they are competing on a level playing field in the international marketplace.

The argument never really goes away — Ford or Chevy. Either way you are buying from an American company, but for some families its tradition.907MadeInUsaHeader

“It’s kind of funny because we’re kind of bred, or influenced by our parents, I should say. You know you grew up driving either Ford or Chevy,” says Jeff Brown, general manager for Baumann Ford and Baumann Chevy in Genoa.

“Not a lot of people make that crossover as they get older. You’re seeing it more and more nowadays, somebody will have a preference. It is still there. You know what, I think it’s kind of a family value thing. It’s funny because we always kid about it. My family grew up GM, and then for many years later, I made the changeover, obviously to Ford, and then now I do both.”

Either way, buying from an American company is a big deal. That does not necessarily mean the automobile’s parts were made in this country, or even that it was assembled here.


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