WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the Foreign Trade-Zones Board granted a prohibition on unfairly traded silicon metal from being imported duty free into a Foreign-Trade Zone in Kentucky. This decision benefits Globe Metallurgical, Inc., a domestic supplier of silicon metal in Beverly, Ohio. The decision will prevent dumped foreign silicon metal from being obtained without paying duties.

“It is no secret that China’s currency manipulation and penchant for dumping have had adverse effects on manufacturing in Ohio and throughout the country,” Brown said. “This ruling is good news for Globe and SE Ohio workers and their families who depend on manufacturing as an entrance into the middle class.”

In September, Brown and Sen. John D. Rockefeller sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke urging that the FTZ subzone status be granted to Dow Corning with a prohibition on unfairly dumped silicon metal. FTZs were created to provide special customs procedures to U.S. companies engaged in international trade activities.