SC TV company lays off 126 workers due to new tariffs

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A South Carolina television maker says it’s laying off 126 workers because of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports from China.

Officials at Element TV company say 126 workers at their plant in Winnsboro will be let go in October.

They say they use Chinese-made components in assembling the televisions and the 25 percent import tax hit hard. 

“The layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro,” the company wrote in a letter.

The layoffs are the latest blow to the economy in Fairfield County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state.

In 2002, Winnsboro lost a Mack Truck manufacturing plant. More recently, its lost its Walmart.

A year ago, work stopped on two new reactors at the nearby V.C. Summer Nuclear Station and thousands of jobs were lost as a result.

The textile plant DuraFiber also closed its doors last year.

Element will retain eight employees to watch over the plant while it’s shuttered in the hope they can return to operations in a few months.

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