Poplar Bluff nail producer weathers tariffs, hopes for exemption

Labor Day has come and gone and Mid Continent Nail, the Poplar Bluff manufacturer that has been vocal about the adverse effects of the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs, is still in operation.

That’s significant because Mid Continent management said earlier this summer that the company might not survive through Labor Day.

The company is down to 335 employees from about 500 three months ago, but Mid Continent has survived, according to Chris Pratt, the plant’s operations manager, because its Mexican parent company, Deacero, has absorbed the losses Mid Continent is suffering.

Mid Continent’s hopes for long-term survival hinge largely on its application for tariff exemptions. Company officials met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the exemptions last month, and Ross was sympathetic, they said.

Read more: Missourinet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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