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HARDI Official Statement on New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs.

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) expresses concern over the new steel and aluminum tariffs announced this week, in that they may have detrimental impact on demand for HVACR products.

According to a survey of HARDI members conducted by the HARDI Sheet Metal & Air Handling Committee which concluded on March 7, the current overall domestic production capacity of steel and aluminum HVACR products cannot alone meet current demand of the domestic market.

The American steel and aluminum industries also cannot currently make certain materials such as the low-gauge foil required to make FSK (Foil-Scrim-Kraft) facings used on essential duct insulating products such as duct board and duct wrap. Therefore, our concern is that an increase in aggregate costs brought by the new tariffs may also result in a decrease in demand for HVACR products further along the supply chain.

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HARDI does not currently know how these tariffs will affect the demand of finished HVACR products in terms of quantified metrics, but going forward HARDI intends to quantify this impact through closely monitoring its benchmarking and statistical programs.

"The immediate impact of these new tariffs will be felt first by our suppliers," says HARDI CEO Talbot Gee. "They have HARDI's full support so long as the interests of and benefits to the rest of the channel are maintained."

"The HARDI Sheet Metal & Air Handling Committee has been integral in working with members for our analysis of the potential impact of these new tariffs," Gee continues. "We are confident in their ability to give continued, accurate assessments of the effects on our industry as this new policy is implemented."

HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry.

HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.
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