East Tennessee Companies Wary of Tariffs, But Not Hurting Much Yet

East Tennessee businesses are still adjusting to steel and aluminum tariffs – even as the Trump Administration gears up to tax more foreign imports. Many local companies say the 25 percent tax on imported steel has driven up their own costs by 7 to 15 percent. But so far, those pressures have been offset by the thriving economy. Sometimes, the tariffs have even provided new opportunities. “Right now we've not had a negative impact because of the tariffs,” said Kevin Barth, vice president of...

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