Coulee region business representatives met with U.S. Rep. Ron Kind regarding the current state of the economy as well as the chaos created in part by the trade war launched by President Donald Trump’s tariffs. Businesses, manufacturers, and farm groups all weighed in during the meeting.
“In the immediate short term, with the economy doing well,” tensions have eased, but concerns remain about cost increases related either to tariffs, the market in general, or both, said Paul Bagniefski, Mid-City Steel’s president and chief operating officer.
The tariffs have raised the price of cans, which hurts companies that sell canned vegetables, fruits and other products, said Nick George, president of the Midwest Food Products Association in Madison.
“Seventy percent of all processed foods and beans come out of the Midwest. This is a big deal,” George said.
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