One of the biggest news lately is the trade war between the United States and many of its allies and competitors like China. While people on both sides continue to argue the pros and cons of imposing tariffs on imported goods, many in the private sector have echoed the concern that for the United States, this could impact jobs and even send companies that have been manufacturing in the US, overseas. One such company is Moog Music.
The US recently announced that on top of the tariffs already imposed on goods such as steel, it would add an additional 25% on imported Chinese electronic components; which Moog heavily relies on to make their popular brand of analog synthesizers. As the company states on their website, this would make manufacturing much more expensive, inevitably sending their already high prices, even higher. This is especially unfortunate given that recently the company, perhaps being receptive to customers' sentiment of such high prices, had begun marketing new releases such as the recent "Grandmother", at a relatively reasonable pricetag; promising to drive even more customers to purchase Moog instruments. Moog has also stated that there is a: "Very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas."
The company is asking its supporters to write North Carolina's representatives, using the letter on this page, and sending to the addresses provided.
Whether you agree or disagree with the tariffs being imposed on imported goods, one thing is clear and it is that we cannot allow our policies to affect an economy that has been experiencing an upswing, creating more jobs than ever before, and promising to drive manufacturing; long outsourced to countries like China and Mexico, back to the United States. To create a scenario where we drive iconic American companies like Moog Music and Harley Davidson out, and motivate giants like Apple and the like who had promised to bring manufacturing back, to not do so, would seem awfully counter productive and more harmful in the long term. Let's hope cooler heads prevail.
For now, please support Moog Music, and write your representatives to express your concerns.