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Steel tariffs turn routine orders in to international pain

According to the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA):

“When Giffin Sheet Metals Ltd. needed a large quantity of aluminized steel for an automotive project in Alliston, Ontario, the Toronto contractor reached out to a U.S. supplier in southeastern Michigan. Aluminized steel is harder to come by in Canada and the company required several hundred thousand pounds. It was a transaction the 70-year-old company had done many times before, and with the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, such cross-border purchases were virtually hassle-free.

“‘This time, however, tight supplies since the U.S. instituted tariffs on almost all foreign steel turned a routine order into an international pain,’ said Bill Giffin, a vice president and partner at Giffin Sheet Metals.”

How are Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association members like Griffin handling business since the steel tariffs?

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