WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced two bills to renew duty suspensions on chemicals for resins used by DuPont in Circleville to manufacture parts for the transportation, aerospace, business machines, and glass handling industries. The bills, which would temporarily suspend duties on chemicals not otherwise produced in the United States, are aimed at keeping production costs low and thereby helping save jobs at DuPont.
“Keeping production and overhead costs low for companies like DuPont is vital to saving Ohio jobs,” Brown said. “We should do all we can to keep important manufacturing jobs in communities like Circleville. These bills would help ensure that DuPont can continue to do business in central Ohio.”
Since 1982, Congress has passed legislation to temporarily reduce or suspend tariffs on certain imported products and make technical corrections to U.S. tariff laws. These bills, known as miscellaneous tariff bills (MTBs), are designed to boost the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers by lowering the cost of imported inputs without harming domestic firms that produce competing products. Brown’s bills were introduced as part of the MTB process initiated by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means.
DuPont develops, produces and sells monomers to manufacture specialty resin used for parts in automobiles, military applications, and consumer electronics, including cell phones and laptops and displays. In October 2010, Brown toured the Circleville plant which received a $175 million investment to expand production of its high-performance Tedlar photovoltaic film used in solar panels. This expansion created 70 jobs and retained 444 jobs in clean energy manufacturing.
Full details on the bills, along with the bill numbers, are below.
S.2498: A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on 4,4'-oxydiphthalic anhydride.
S.2503: A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on 1,3-Bis(4-aminophenoxy)benzene (RODA).