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Element appealing tariff inclusion, plans to close plant

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Travis Boland
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Element Electronics is appealing the inclusion of parts it assembles in making televisions on a recent tariff list and hopes to avoid the closure of its Winnsboro plant.

“We have started an appeal process, but there is currently no timeline for a resolution,” Carl Kennedy, Element vice president of human resources, said Wednesday. “Right now, it is business as usual.”

The television maker announced Monday it would shut down its facility in Winnsboro and lay off a majority of its workers in a move it attributed to tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump.

Kennedy said the Fairfield County facility’s 134 permanent employees were given a 60-day notice Monday. Layoffs are scheduled to begin Oct. 5.

A statement issued by Element called the inclusion of its parts on the list of affected products “accidental and resolvable.”

“Element is working hard to have our parts removed from the tariff list, and we remain hopeful that the closure of our South Carolina factory will be avoided,” the statement said.

Last August, Fairfield County lost more than 5,000 jobs after the abandonment of a project, co-owned by S.C. Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper, to build twin nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear station. In July 2017, the closure of textile company DuraFiber’s Winnsboro plant resulted in a loss of more than 200 jobs.

Reach Travis Boland at colanews@scbiznews.com.

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August 11, 2018

The whole idea of bringing in foreign components and assembling them in the USA is a tax avoidance scheme that needs to stop. The component part supplier will discount their items and Element knows this. The timing of this has everything to do with the ekection in november2018.

August 09, 2018

Sorry to see the situation that your facing. Many businesses are going under soon. Americas in a mess with this president. Stay strong!