The RV Capital of the World relies heavily on two things President Trump may be targeting – steel and aluminum. So what impact could new tariffs have on life in Indiana’s Elkhart County?
“When you increase the price of materials it takes to build RVs – when you do that, obviously that cost has to go somewhere,” said Levon Johnson, the president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.
ABC 57 News reported that Johnson said Elkhart’s RV industry, and other local industries that use steel and aluminum, are keeping a “very watchful eye” on what President Trump decides to do after he proposed a 25% tariff, or tax, on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum.
According to CNN, Indiana and Michigan are two of the top five states that depend most on manufacturing. Lake County, Ind., is home to Gary Works, the nation’s largest steel mill.
Johnson said raising the cost to get much-needed steel into Elkhart manufacturers’ hands could put a freeze on the tremendous economic growth the area has seen in the last few years.
He said he and his colleagues are waiting to see if President Trump will put the tariffs in place immediately, over time, or at all.
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