Moog Speaks Out On Trump Tariffs, Fears For Their Effect On U.S. Synth Manufacturing

first_imgRecently, synthesizer manufacturer Moog Music Inc. has denounced the 25% tariffs on Chinese electrical circuit boards and components by U.S. President Trump, which will take effect on July 6th. The company has noted that the tariff will increase the cost of building a synthesizer, putting the company at a disadvantage against other international manufacturers and threatening jobs among U.S. synth makers. With many U.S. companies priding themselves on being made in the U.S., those companies may be forced to relocate outside the country or have the bulk of their production done in China.As noted by Moog, 50% of all the components with a Moog synthesizer are from China. With such a high percentage of components coming directly from China—and therefore subject to the new tariffs—it’s easy to see why Moog and other U.S. synth companies will struggle to stay competitive with the tariffs enacted. Immediately, the tariffs could cause layoffs and force individual businesses like Moog to fold. In the long term, the tariffs could threaten the viability of production of U.S.-made synthesizers. These tariffs will not affect completed synthesizers that were fully made in China and exported to the U.S.Recently, the North Carolina-based company posted an open letter on its website, calling for fans and customers to speak out against the tariffs and write to state representatives to convey their opposition. As they explained,We need your help. A U.S. tariff (import tax) on Chinese circuit boards and associated components is expected to take effect on July 6, 2018.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.There is one thing all of us can do together to try and stop this: Write to our elected officials.They also attached a fully written form letter for advocates to use, which notes that Moog synthesizers have been used by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, and many others. You can check out the full form letter below, and head to Moog’s website here for full instructions on how to get involved.Dear (Congressman or Representative):I am writing you on behalf of Moog Music, a company of 100 employee-owners, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I am urgently contacting you about the recently announced 25% tariff on Chinese goods.In case you are not familiar with Moog, they manufacture the world’s leading analog synthesizers used by artists including but not limited to Michael Jackson,The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and many others.Roughly half of the circuit boards and associated components for Moog’s instruments come from China. This tariff would significantly limit their ability to manufacture synthesizers, and could put many of their employee-owners out of a job.As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want  their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.Thank you,(Your Name)[H/T Ask Audio]last_img read more

Read more

Jordan-Elbridge indoor track sweeps OHSL Division II meet

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Zach Barber nearly swept the jumping events, recording a top triple jump of 39 feet 8 ½ inches to prevail as he also went 19’3” in the long jump to claim second place.Quigley earned a title of his own in the pole vault, the only competitor to clear 9’6”. Tyler Spencer had a second-place weight throw of 36’1” and was sixth in the shot put, heaving it 32’5 1/2”.To lead the J-E girls, Vassianna Klock would beat the field in the 1,000 in 3:12.92 as Abby Burns (3:39.06) was fourth, with Klock also taking the 1,500-meter run in 5:04.50, Hannah Fichter (5:43.04) getting fifth place.Going 1-2 in the 55 hurdles, the Eagles had Kyra White win in 10.01 seconds and Mia Delap (10.48) grab second place. Not stopping there, White won the pole vault by clearing 7 feet, with Cassandra Gates (6’6”) in third place.Moving to the relays, J-E had Gates, Coral Uhle, Olivia Bennett and Jazymn Stevenson win the 4×400 in 4:41.31. Klock, Bennett, Hannah Fichter and Abby Burns were victorious in the 4×800 in 10:59.09.Uhle took second in the 600 in 1:45.25 and Bennett (1:59.18) was sixth, with Uhle third in the 300-meter dash in 45.98 seconds as Stevenson (47.10) was sixth, also helping the Eagles take fourth in the 4×200 in 2:04.18.Tatianna Parkolap cleared 4’10” in the high jump and was second to Syracuse Academy of Science’s Justine Bell. Fichter and Ella Jewsbury were third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.Bishop Ludden had freshman Beatrize Gurgol prevail in the long jump, going 15’11” as J-E had Delap fifth and Parkolap sixth.Then Gurgol won again in the triple jump with 34′ 1/2” as Burns was fourth for the Eagles with 29’5”, Gurgol adding a third-place high jump of 4’6”. The Gaelic Knights’ Isaiah Patterson was fourth in the boys high jump.A day later, in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division meet, West Genesee finished fifth in the girls standings and seventh in the boys standings.WG’s Caitlin Mills was fourth in the 55 sprint in 7.63 seconds, with Sandy Gardino (7.76) fifth as Abby Kuppinger was fifth in the 600 in 1:44.63. Vivian Youmans finished fifth in the weight throw.The Wildcats finished third in the 4×200 in 1:51.55 and fourth in the 4×800 as Olivia Becker was fourth and Rachel Reynolds fifth in the 55 hurdles Mikeayla DeJesus was fifth in the 300 and Becker sixth in the triple jump.For the boys Wildcats, Matt Bartolotta ran the 1,600 in 4:38.28 to finish fourth. Chris Moser was sixth in the 600, with WG fourth in the 4×200 and fifth in the 4×800. Connor Scott finished sixth in the long jump. A winter full of consistent results prepared the Jordan-Elbridge indoor track and field teams well for a post-season conquest as the Eagles won both the boys and girls team titles in Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Division II championship meet at SRC Arena.J-E’s boys had 127 points, just ahead of Hannibal’s second-place 120 points. The girls Eagles picked up 125 points, beating out Tully (113 points) for the top spot as Bishop Ludden had 27 points for sixth place.To get the J-E boys going, Sean Dristle ran 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 17.38 seconds, winning that race as Lee Jewell was third in 10:51.66. Dristle also was second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:59.10 Kenny Williams won the 1,000-meter run in 2:54.27, with Colin Jewsbury third in 3:00.21 to go with his third (5:06.12) in the 1,600.Derek Quigley, Michael Bennick, Rick Rauss and Aiden Lewis would go 3:54.29 to win the 4×400 relay, the only time under four minutes in the field. Lewis finished eighth in the 55-meter dash.Moving to the 4×800, Dristle, Jewsbury, Jewell and Bennick went 9:14.43 to beat Hannibal (9:33.14) by nearly 19 seconds. In the 4×200, Williams, Jewell, Rauss and Lewis were second in 1:44.61 to Onondaga’s 1:42.36. Tags: indoor trackJordan-ElbridgeWest Geneseelast_img read more

Read more