Sen. Lesser Visits Local Business Harmed by Trump Tariffs

Manufacturer forced to look overseas for a supplier to fulfill product orders

Lesser: “I came here today as a show of support and solidarity for our local employers and to say to the President, ‘Enough is enough, end this trade war!’”

WILBRAHAM — Senator Eric P. Lesser visited Norpin Manufacturing in Wilbraham on Monday after sales manager Luke Pincince alerted him to the difficulties the company has had since the Trump Administration imposed tariffs on goods and materials imported from China, including steel and aluminum.

Overnight, Norpin Manufacturing saw a 40 percent increase in costs as soon as the tariffs were put in place, according to Pincince, of Palmer.

Norpin, family-owned and operated since 1956, manufactures a variety of products such as cans, boxes, canisters, and custom-made instrument housings and casings for the food, aviation, medical, automotive, electronics and aerospace industries.

The company uses a very specific type of  aluminum, but because of its smaller size, Norpin’s U.S. suppliers pushed it down the supply chain order when they were overrun with demand because of Trump’s tariffs.

Now, Norpin has been forced to look overseas, and is switching from an American supplier to one in Mexico.

“In Massachusetts, we are doing our part. We have invested in a well-educated workforce, focused on new initiatives around vocational education and supporting our local businesses and workers, but all of that is at risk if we can’t sell Massachusetts-made products to markets around the world. Western Mass has been a manufacturing center for two centuries, going back to George Washington’s Armory. These tariffs, unilaterally imposed by President Trump, are now hurting our family-owned businesses in Wilbraham and will eventually lead to fewer jobs,” said Sen. Lesser.

“I came here today as a show of support and solidarity for our local employers and to say to the President, ‘Enough is enough, end this trade war!’” Sen. Lesser added.

The tariffs affect billions of dollars worth of goods, with import taxes on another $16 billion worth of Chinese products expected to go into effect this week. China has responded by levying its own retaliatory tariffs on products U.S. companies export to China.

Consumers will soon see the effect of these tariffs in increased prices for everyday goods and services — including the cost of maintaining their cars, according to AutoZone and other car parts stores. The price of tires, windshield wipers and mirrors are all expected to increase.

The Massachusetts fishing industry is also being hurt by the tariffs. In a letter to Trump, members of Congress called on the administration to give relief to fishermen who need steel and aluminum for their boats, fishing hooks and lobster and crab traps. China has also leveled a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on 170 American seafood products.

Sales Manager Luke Pincince shows Sen. Eric Lesser the products Norpin manufacturers.
From left to right: Sen. Eric P. Lesser, Owner Mark Pincince, Tim Regan of Yard Metals and Sales Manager Luke Pincince.

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