FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Nucor Steel--P894219
J. ROBERT KERREY
United States Senate
August 6, 1997
Director, Office of Congressional Relations
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am enclosing correspondence from one of my constituents, John Ferriola, who raises an issue that falls within your jurisdiction.
I would appreciate any information that will enable me to respond to my constituent's concern. Please return the enclosed correspondence with your reply to:
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
J. Robert Kerrey
July 22, 1997
Senator Bob Kerrey
I am the General Manager Vice President of Nucor Steel in Norfolk, NE. We employee four hundred and seventy-eight people at this facility and have been here since 1972. Nucor- Nebraska ships more than six hundred thousand tons of product every year to our customers.
We supply steel to the domestic hand tool industry that makes hand tools from scratch in the United States. The FTC has proposed guidelines that would change the definition of the "Made in USA" label and we think this is very unfair to the American workers and misleading to American consumers
The "Made in USA" label is second only to price in a consumer's decision to purchase a hand tool. It is well known that a hand tool marked "Made in USA" is a quality product. That is why some hand tool manufacturers want to stamp their tools "Made in USA," though their products are not wholly American made.
We need your help. Thank you for your attention to this problem. Please let me know if you do cosponsor this resolution. If you have any reason for not supporting us on this important issue, please let me know. I would like to discuss this with you further.
This is important to our business, our city, and our state. American jobs will be in jeopardy if we do not stop this FTC rule, and U.S. consumers will be misled. The United States government should not support any action undermining of the meaning of the Made in USA" label.
If you have a chance to visit us in the fall, we would encourage you to tour our new state of the art eighty million dollar Melt Shop.
Nucor Steel, Norfolk-NE
John J Ferriola