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November 26, 1993 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-11-26

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job will go to Mexico.
"You never know. They can
do whatever they want. They
could shut the door instantly,"
Mr. Hamburger says."I am at
the point where I don't know if
I should trust the government,
and I love this country.
"I just see more bad than
good if it will take jobs away
from the No. 1 (United States).
They say, 'So what if the mid-
dle-cl A ss people lose homes and
jobs.' They don't realize that we
are the ones who give them
their jobs."

Thorn Apple Valley
already purchases
hogs from Ontario.
reducing these
tariffs, business
costs will decrease.

Thorn Apple Valley Presi-
dent Joel Dorfman is encour-
aged by NAFTA. His company
sells meat products to Mexico.
With NAFTA in place, it will be
cheaper to sell products there,
he said.
"It would help business for

see. There is no real way to
measure right now.
"Everybody's estimates are
generally high or low," Mr. Dorf-
man said. "I just think gener-
ally for us to isolate ourselves is
a mistake. We can't live in a
Thorn Apple Valley has no
plans to move plants to Mexico,
Mr. Dorfman said. Mexico pro-
vides no raw materials, he said.
"We couldn't save enough
money to make up for the extra
freight costs," Mr. Dorfman
Guardian Industries, a flat
glass manufacturer owned by
Bill Davidson, has a different
tale to share.
Guardian Vice President Pe-
ter Walters said the company
supports free trade. The com-
pany, he said, would have been
a major supporter of this free
trade pact if the United States
would have been on equal foot-
ing with the other countries.
Mexico, Mr. Walters said,
gets preferential treatment
from the United States in the
flat glass industry. Because of
this arrangement, duty on im-
ported gings to Mexico is 20 per-
cent. In most cases, Mexican
glass comes into the United
States duty free.
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people who are in the food
industry other than those
with competing products made
in Mexico that can come into
this country," Mr. Dorfman
said. "It should be good because
this will allow us to sell prod-
ucts more easily into Mexico
and Canada."
Thorn Apple Valley already
purchases hogs from Ontario.
With NAFTA reducing these
tariffs, he said, business costs
vvill decrease.
'Cl am encouraged," Mr. Dorf-
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lifted, and Guardian has been
lobbying hard to expedite the
elimination of these tariffs. If
they are not removed quickly,
Guardian has argued, thou-
sands of U.S. jobs are at risk.
"We have made some
progress," Mr. Walters said.
"Now is our chance to fix it."
because of
Guardian's efforts, U.S. Trade
Minister Mickey Kantor and
the Mexican trade minister
have agreed to meet in January
to talk about accelerating the
elimination of tariffs on flat
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