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So, as of today all alum & steel from countries like China will now have a tariff of 15% & 25%. As we know, our industry buys a LOT from China, especially a lot of cheap products. I haven't looked into it but I know there are quite a few alum companies who's coils and pre-finished aluminum sheets will now cost a lot higher. I wonder if those finished alum projects will have a tariff too, such as alum letters and alum sign structures? Maybe hard in the beginning, costs will go up, but hopefully American growth will happen again and those costs with lower regulation can get those costs down and start competing on the world market again. After all shouldn't a tax be equal between two countries? If China taxes our exports to them 25%, should we not equally tax theirs? Thoughts?
karl posted a topic in General Message BoardHi, I am looking for a Los Angeles Channel Letter wholesaler that can bend 4" 20ga steel returns (without flanging or notching, just bends) from either .DXF, .AI, or any other file format. We are a home decor company the makes old vintage style marquee signs (you know, the old signs from the 20's and 30's with the globe lights bulbs) and we are currently bending returns by hand. We are already setup to cnc the backers and we have no need for faces or trim. We will have a constant flow of orders that seems like would be a good deal for a vendor because there is litter effort required other than running the job through the bender and shipping it. Great for ROI on the bender purchase. I have not had any luck finding anyone yet because it seems that people are not into doing steel. We would prefer 20ga steel but are open to as thin as 24ga and all the machines I've been able to find online say they can do 20ga steel no problem so I am not quite sure what the problem is. Anyway, anyone out there who might know of someone or someone who has a cnc bender that is interested, raise your hand... k.
Background molecules mounted to slanted glass wall. These were made out of 1.5" designboard, painted and then vinyl applied for the donor names. Custom welded steel frame with chrome-dipped steel inserts. The 3D molecule shapes were out of sheet metal and then chrome-dipped. The 'fronds' were waterjet out of 1/8" aluminum and aluminum studs installed for various height placement.