On Monday, South Carolina’s Element Electronics announced the upcoming closure of their Winnsboro factory and the termination of approximately 126 employees. The television assembly company claims that the Trump administration’s tariffs on certain Chinese imports have crippled them.
In a Tuesday Facebook post thanking Americans for their support, Element stated in part:
As we are the only USA assembler of televisions, we believe the inclusion of our parts on the list of affected products is 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. Until then, everyone at Element, especially the potentially impacted teammates at the factory, are completely committed to business-as-usual at an otherwise thriving Element. We expect to return to this venue in the weeks ahead to report that we were able to successfully remove our parts from the tariff list and save our US factory and the impacted jobs.
In a more detailed post, Element answered some outstanding questions:
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) recently told The Daily Wire that this push and pull often occurs when an administration imposes tariffs. Congressmen have to seek exemptions for businesses in their district that have been negatively affected, and this behavior creates an environment in which the executive gains even more power:
In the imposition of the tariffs, they’re picking winners and losers, and then in the granting of exemptions, they’re picking winners and losers.
If their official Facebook page is any indication, it appears that Element Electronics is indeed going to seek some kind of exemption by "working with [the] government to reverse its decision to include our parts on the tariff list."
The Daily Wire reached out to Element Electronics for comment, but as of publication, we have not heard back.