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Rep. Budd, Walker Lead Effort to Urge ITC to Uphold the Public Interest and NC Manufacturing Jobs

June 1, 2017
Press Release
Sends letter to Chairman of the International Trade Commission

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and two other members of the North Carolina congressional delegation sent a letter urging the Chairman of the Internal Trade Commission (ITC) to consider the North Carolina manufacturing jobs at stake before making a ruling in a patent infringement dispute between Diebold-Nixdorf, an American manufacturer of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), and Hyosung, a Korean ATM maker.  Budd and Walker released the following statement after sending the letter to the United States International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein:
“What this letter is about is whether or not a foreign company will be able to use legal gymnastics in order to hurt a U.S. company that employs more than 150 people in Greensboro,” said Budd. “What I’ve tried to underline for the International Trade Commission is that if they rule in favor of the foreign company, it would have a major negative impact on an American company’s ability to compete.  That, in turn, would jeopardize manufacturing jobs in our state.  Free trade means everyone has to play by the rules, not twist the law into a pretzel to gain a competitive advantage.”
“The government cannot get involved in picking winners and losers in our economy – especially when those decisions hurt our small businesses in North Carolina,” said Walker.“Preventing Diebold from selling and manufacturing their products in the United States would be devastating to the North Carolinians who depend on the company for jobs and economic growth.”