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Electrical Manufacturers Eye Costs Warily in Face of Shifting Tariffs

The prospect of another increase in already rising materials costs is putting manufacturers, as well as contractors, in a tight spot.

American electrical equipment manufacturers this week were bracing themselves for a substantial increase in their raw materials costs in the face of new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. With 15 days’ notice, manufacturers of all kinds placed orders to lay in supplies ahead of the tariffs, but anything that passed through customs after midnight last night was subject to the tax.

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