NEWPORT, Vt. — Vermont officials say the state could see an influx of jobs after the federal government approved a tax on plywood made in China.
Democratic Rep. Peter Welch tells Vermont Public Radio Chinese manufacturers had exercised control over the plywood market with their ability to provide cheaper products.
A group of U.S. manufacturers petitioned the federal International Trade Commission to impose tariffs against the Chinese four years ago, but the request was denied. Welch says the commission cast a unanimous vote in support of U.S. manufacturers after they filed another complaint close to one year ago.
It is unclear how much in tariffs the Chinese will pay.
Glenn Foster, worker at the Columbia Forest Products plant in Newport, says he expects more job openings at the plant by spring.
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