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Illinois Manufacturer to Lay Off 150 Workers, Move to Mexico

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    Allies React to U.S. Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel

    The White House announced the U.S. would place tariffs on aluminum and steel from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. (Published Thursday, May 31, 2018)

    A storage safe manufacturer is closing two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump's administration.

    The Chicago Tribune reportsStack-on Products will lay off about 150 people at its Wauconda and McHenry plants when they close Oct. 12.

    Human resources director Al Fletcher said Tuesday the decision to relocate operations to Juarez, Mexico, was made about two months ago. That's when Trump announced tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China as well as other countries.

    Stack-On makes products ranging from tool boxes to gun vaults.

    Fletcher says the company has a plant in China and another in Mexico, and its only U.S. factories were the two in the Chicago area.

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