AUBURN, Maine — July 21, 2022 — Today, Auburn Manufacturing Inc. (AMI) — an industry leader in the manufacture of advanced textiles for extreme-heat environments — hosted officials from the U.S. Commerce Department at AMI’s plant in Auburn. Part of an outreach initiative with Maine businesses, the Commerce Department’s visit focused on the state’s manufacturing sector and how global trade issues affect local manufacturers like AMI. The company’s successful anti-dumping claims against Chinese competitors also came up in the conversation, with AMI again coming out in support of fair, rules-based trade.
A Maine textile manufacturer with over four decades of experience, AMI is a leading producer of fire- and heat-resistant materials, manufacturing the most advanced products to meet U.S. safety standards. AMI textiles are used as protection from extreme high heat in mining, shipbuilding, steelmaking, and other critical industries. The company also manufactures end-use products, including a patented, modular removable insulation kit.
The AMI event featured a delegation of 12 Commerce Department representatives, led by Lisa Wang, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance. A photo shoot was staged at the Auburn plant, with AMI CEO Kathie Leonard and other company officials showcasing recent improvements to the facility and new equipment upgrades.
The Commerce Department visit was facilitated by Thomas Conley, Senior International Trade Specialist at the International Trade Administration, and supported by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), of which AMI is a proud member. A longtime supporter of AMI’s advocacy for Maine manufacturers, Conley is a former staffer at the Maine International Trade Center.
“The AMI team was proud to host the Commerce Department at our Auburn plant,” said Leonard. “It’s important for Maine-based manufacturers to collaborate with the federal government whenever possible, updating public officials on new threats and opportunities in the global marketplace. Today’s event shows that the public and private sectors are unified in their support for textile production and other domestic industries. Business leaders in states like Maine and federal officials in Washington, D.C. can indeed work together to solve a wide range of problems, and today was an important step forward in that regard.”
“Protecting U.S. workers and industries from the impacts of unfair trade is at the core of Commerce’s mission, and is critical to ensuring that U.S. companies can continue to produce high-quality products in the United States,” said Wang. “It is exciting to meet and connect with the workers impacted by the important work that Enforcement and Compliance does.”
“We sincerely appreciate Assistant Secretary Wang’s inaugural visit to AMI and the U.S. textile industry, where she gained firsthand knowledge of the company’s incredible, innovative, and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities,” said NCTO President and CEO Kimberly Glas. “The Assistant Secretary’s visit reinforced the importance of a public-private partnership between American textile producers and Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance division, which assists U.S. firms harmed by unfair dumping of imported products into the U.S. market and a whole host of other unfair trade practices that continuously pose a threat to our industry and our workers. It is critically important that Commerce engage in robust trade enforcement to address predatory trade practices from China and other countries that undermine our industry and many others.”
Posted July 21, 2022
Source: Auburn Mfg.