Ok, now Trump’s tariffs have gone TOO FAR.
Moog Synthesizers, a manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, has put up the bat signal for electronic music lovers everywhere. The Asheville, North Carolina-based Moog is in danger of layoffs, and even moving manufacturing overseas, once Trump’s 25 percent tariff on some Chinese goods go into effect on July 6.
“These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas,” Moog wrote in a letter.
Moog is a 100-person employee-owned company that’s been in business in North Carolina for 60 years. In a letter Moog is asking its supporters to send to Congress, it says that it sources “roughly half” of its circuit boards and other materials from China. It needs to maintain this mix in order to keep manufacturing in the U.S. affordable. And to keep the beats bangin’ in the USA.
The first wave of Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods is set to go into effect on July 6, with the second wave following some time after (it does not yet have a set date). The tariffs affect around $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in total. They’re meant to hamstring China’s “Made in China 2025” manufacturing campaign, which Trump really doesn’t want to see go into effect. China retaliated on Sunday with its own list of tariffs.
Although many expected the first wave to impact automakers (like Harley Davidson) and consumer tech (like Apple), Moog’s campaign shows just how far Trump’s chest-puffing is reaching in the real world.
They can take our beats, but they can’t take our freedom!