Regional economy has stake in global trade wars

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Regional economy has stake in global trade wars

Dayton Daily News – Major Dayton-area and Ohio manufacturers responsible for thousands of jobs are on the front line of international trade battles.

NewPage Corp., the Miami Twp.-based maker of coated papers, and AK Steel Holding Corp., a producer of flat-rolled steel based in West Chester, have allied themselves with competitors and labor unions to fight what they say are unfair trade practices.

In September 2009, NewPage, Appleton Coated Paper and Sappi Fine Paper North America filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions against the People’s Republic of China and Indonesia.

NewPage declined comment for this story. But, according to a November International Trade Commission report, the company told federal investigators it once had received a per-ton premium of between $40 and $60. To remain competitive with Chinese and Indonesian producers, those premiums had been reduced.

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