Touring Bemis, Walker says Trump tariffs are ‘existential threat’ to business
March 6, 2018

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs are an “existential threat” for companies like plastics-maker Bemis Corp.

The proposed 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports could squeeze Neenah-based Bemis, which relies on ultra-thin aluminum for packaging it makes at its sprawling industrial products plant on Oshkosh’s west end, Walker said Tuesday during a tour of the company.

Walker toured Bemis and food processor Seneca Foods in Janesville Tuesday as part of his rare public break with Republicans on trade policy. Bemis employs 5,000 workers in Wisconsin, while Seneca has 1,200 employees across nine plants.

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