This is the first I've heard of this problem, so maybe it's an isolated case. But a Winnipeg, Manitoba, thermoformer, profile extruder and rotational molder says some of his potential customers in the United States are telling him they'd rather buy from an American supplier. The story comes from the Winnipeg Free Press, and quotes Craig McIntosh, president and CEO of Acrylon Plastics Inc. "It's the first time in the 15 to 20 years I have been doing this stuff that I have felt this," McIntosh told the newspaper at a trade summit organized by the Manitoba office of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. "It used to be we were greeted as friends." To battle the problem, McIntosh says he's looking for an opportunity to buy a supplier in the United States. "With a U.S. address, we can be seen creating American jobs and that will overcome some of the fears," he said. Most of the stories that I see related to jobs and trade are focused on China, not Canada (or Mexico). So I wonder, are other Canadian processors and suppliers feeling this sort of pressure from potential U.S. customers?
Are US customers shunning Canadian suppliers?
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