Statement of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

March 8, 2018
: Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Direct: 703.600.0355

Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which represents manufacturers of heating, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, and water heating products and equipment, is disappointed in the proclamations signed today by President Trump to impose additional tariffs on steel and aluminum. AHRI, whose 320 member companies rely on abundant, economical supplies of steel and aluminum to make their products and equipment, does not support additional tariffs on steel and aluminum due to their impact on manufacturers and consumers.

"As major users of steel and aluminum, we have been proactive in explaining to the administration that the HVACR and water heating industry would be negatively impacted by an increase in tariffs, as would the consumers that rely on the products we manufacture," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "While we have been pleased with the Trump Administration's enthusiastic support for manufacturing, and are happy that the President did include at least a temporary exemption for supplies from Canada and Mexico, we believe this step to be injurious, rather than helpful, to our efforts to increase American manufacturing and create jobs," he added.

About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.



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