WASHINGTON. D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) testified on behalf of Ohio Aluminum Extrusion Workers and producers before a hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission Tuesday. Formal petitioners in the case included Hydro Aluminum of Sidney.

The local company at 401 N. Stolle Ave. fabricates complex aluminum components and assemblies principally serving the heavy truck and automotive industries. It is a unit of Oslo, Norway-based Norsk Hydro.

The ITC conducted the hearing on whether unfairly subsidized aluminum extrusion products from China are adversely impacting the domestic industry, including 16 Ohio producers. Aluminum extruders sell products for a variety of consumer goods including autos, heavy machinery and other products.

If the ITC rules in favor of the domestic aluminum extrusion industry and enforces trade law, countervailing duties would be applied to aluminum extrustion imports from China.

"Ohio workers and manufacturers can compete with anyone in the world, but Ohio aluminum manufacturers deserve to compete on an even playing field in the world economy," Brown said. "This is about enforcing trade laws so that American producers can sell their products in America and around the world."

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