WASHINGTON —Michigan and Ohio's U.S. senators urged the Obama administration Tuesday to investigate unfair foreign trade practices and defend manufacturing jobs at Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp.
In a letter to the U.S. Commerce Department, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Detroit; Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, asked the government to enforce trade laws to "level the playing field for companies like Whirlpool."
In December, Whirlpool filed a case with the Commerce Department regarding the dumping of large residential washers, made in South Korea and Mexico, into the U.S. market.
On May 30, the Commerce Department announced its preliminary finding that Korean companies Daewoo Electronics Corp., LG Electronics Inc, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., were receiving subsidies ranging from 0.2 to 71 percent.
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