Long Island Plastics Company Blames China For Business Decline

NEW YORK (WCBS 880 / AP) – The vice president of Autronic Plastics in Westbury estimates his company has lost some 90 percent of its emergency exit sign business to China.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“The last seven, eight years in manufacturing in New York has been challenging. We probably lost about fifteen jobs and tens of millions of dollars in revenue for our company and the state,” Daniel Lax said.

Lax is endorsing legislation that he and Sen. Charles Schumer say will help American business compete.

Schumer says New York state lost more than 160,000 jobs since 2001 to China because of what he calls unfair trade practices and currency manipulation.

The Democrat is trying to build an argument for his bill that would target China’s currency practices. He expects the bill to pass in the Senate next week.

Schumer says New York companies have been outbid on projects by Chinese companies using methods Schumer says creates an uneven playing field for New Yorkers.

He and his supporters say China has an undervalued currency, uses export subsidies and pays depressed wages that provide an unfair advantage. by slapping stiff penalties on countries that engage in unfair trade practices.

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  • Rob

    Shumer is trying to make us stupid by fanning the flame. Anyone that’s studying economics in college will know that Shumer is talking out of his butt. Please stop blaming other countries for our downfall in the labor dept. when it comes to jobs.
    We have to start manufacture our own products in our heartland and make ourselves the leader of the world. The real culprit here is Washington itself.

  • Ziggy

    The sooner we stop blaming others for our poor decisions of the past, the sooner we will be able to learn from those mistakes and begin to do better.

  • Single Mom of 5 kids

    I don’t need to work if I get can get gov’t assistance and housing and food stamps and medicaid and free school lunches….

  • E

    yes indeed. how can we even compete with slave labor

  • bullett

    Don’t only blame China for undercutting, blame Washington for not supporting stronger laws for American manufacturing.

    • Dr. Meh

      I agree, It’s such as shame to hear this happen in our country. Whether we are white, black, brown, yellow, red, green, the american worker is not being looked after by the federal government. I don’t want to bash Washington for all our problems, but when dealingwith internation trades, tariffs and exports they are responsible. This is a legisltation issue in Washington, and we have to ask are poor decisions being made there, or is this due to corperate influence on our politicians leading to decisions that is benefiting foreign countries. It is a shame, and I bet there are many other stories like this one througout the States. Changes will need to happen soon else we will be on the outside looking in.

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