WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling protecting American paper manufacturers and the jobs they support in Ohio. The ITC today ruled in favor of Verso Corporation – which employs approximately 300 workers in Miamisburg – and Madison Paper Industries, finding that the domestic supercalendered paper industry has been injured by illegally subsidized paper imports from Canada. The U.S. Department of Commerce will now issue a countervailing duty (CVD) order on imports of Canadian supercalendered paper. In October, Brown testified in front of the ITC on behalf of Verso Corporation’s Miamisburg workers and the entire U.S. supercalendered paper industry.
“Today’s ruling is a win for workers in Miamisburg and throughout the U.S. paper industry,” said Brown. “Our workers can outperform anyone in the world but we have to ensure that we take action against countries that would break trade rules to gain an unfair advantage.”
Verso Corporation acquired NewPage Holdings in Miamisburg in January 2015. The Miamisburg location now serves as its sales headquarters.
Brown’s Leveling the Playing Field Act, which was signed into law in June, will enhance to antidumping (AD) and CVD statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies.