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Felker Bros. Corp. asks for federal help to prevent foreign predatory pricing

Stainless Steel Seamless Pipe and Tube (Photo By Jatinsanghvi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Stainless Steel Seamless Pipe and Tube (Photo By Jatinsanghvi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A Marshfield maker of stainless steel pipes and fabricating systems is the latest to ask the federal government to stop predatory pricing by foreign importers. 

Felker Brothers Corporation has filed a petition with the International Trade Commission, and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin went to bat for the company at a hearing last week.  

Felker accuses importers from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam of charging much less than their cost for the welded stainless steel pressure pipes -- and they've taken a quarter of the U.S. market over the past two years.  

This is not the first time Felker's in a battle over this.  

It won its case in 2009 for anti-dumping relief, in the form of a duty on the importers. Felker said it improved its sales until about 2012.  

The company expects a decision on its latest request late next month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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