Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says he hopes a southeast Missouri nail company will commit to staying open and protect its workers. Mid Continent Nail Corporation in Poplar Bluff has been losing millions since President Trump’s tariff on foreign steel began in June.
During a debate, on Kansas City television station KMBC, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill says the factory could move the jobs to its parent company in Mexico.
McCaskill says Mid Continent Nail Corporation in Poplar Bluff continues to lose money while it waits for the federal government to decide about its tariff exemption requests.
Republican candidate and Attorney General Josh Hawley says he hopes the plant will commit to staying open.
Mid Continent has sliced at least 170 jobs since President Trump’s tariff on foreign steel began in June.