Vice President of Illinois Manufacturers’ Association discusses trade with China

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, hopes the United States can create a modern trade agreement with China that benefits the American manufacturing sector.


Mark Denzler, vice-president COO of Illinois Manufacturers Association  

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, hopes the United States can create a modern trade agreement with China that benefits the American manufacturing sector.

Question: How will tariffs impact Illinois businesses?

Answer: Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States so trade is critically important to the Illinois manufacturing sector that exported nearly $55 billion in goods last year.

Q: What are the positive and negative effects?

A: Trade wars do not benefit manufacturing companies, nor their workers, in the United States. There is no doubt that China has engaged in unfair trade practices and the theft of intellectual property in clear violation of trade agreements.

Q: What would you like to see happen?

A: The Administration and China should get back to the negotiating table and create a modern ... trade agreement that will benefit the American manufacturing sector.

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