A day after President Donald Trump announced steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, Baltimore-area businesses that rely on overseas supplies of the metals braced for uncertainty.
Nearly all of them expected costs to rise and supplies to be disrupted. Some worried about the impact on jobs, while others expressed hope that the move might level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers.
Prime Manufacturing Technologies was already expecting delays getting the overseas aluminum from which it makes the plastic injection moldings for customers in the automotive, medical, electronic and construction industries, said Luke Chow, president and CEO of the Howard County company.
Its supplier was having trouble getting the raw material amid threats of the tariffs.