ELYRIA — Federal regulators should protect diamond saw blade makers from unfair Chinese trade, Ohio’s two senators said.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, have urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to use available data to determine tariffs on Chinese diamond saw blades.

The tariffs on imported blades will prevent “dumping” of blades into the U.S. market and protect domestic companies, including Diamond Products in Elyria, from unfair competition, according to the senators.

“We urge the department to reconsider which financial data to use, consistent with U.S. trade law, to ensure that the department is able to accurately calculate the margin of dumping,” the senators wrote in a letter to Paul Piquado, assistant secretary for enforcement and compliance in the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration.

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