Rep. Dean Schamore Urges U.S. Government to Support Kentucky Aluminum

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 12.55.49 PMFrankfort, KY -Rep. Schamore is urging the United States Government to support US aluminum manufacturers, one of Kentucky’s signature industries, against unfair trade practices with China.  Rep. Schamore sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, that was signed by the members of Kentucky’s House Leadership. The letters states, “In 2015 the KY General Assembly passed legislation declaring aluminum a signature industry in the Commonwealth. However, this signature industry is severely threatened by unfair Chinese Trade practices.”

“Century Aluminum in Hawesville was forced to idle a large percentage of its operations  due to their inability to compete with China’s manufacturers in the global market,” said Rep. Dean Schamore.”  “China’s policies are encouraging significant increases in exports that are having a negative impact on our manufacturers in Kentucky and in the United States.  We are calling on our government to investigate these unfair trade practices in order to save Kentucky and American jobs.”

In August, Century Aluminum was forced to idle over 500 jobs in Rep. Schamore’s District in Hancock County.  “This has a huge impact on our community and I will continue to fight for jobs for Hancock County,” added Schamore.

Rep. Schamore is an entrepreneur, the founder and owner of Digital Connections Plus located in Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County. He served in the United States Navy and resides in Hardinsburg with his wife and two daughters.  Elected in 2014, Rep. Schamore represents House District 10, which includes Breckinridge, Hancock and portions of Hardin County. He serves as Vice Chair of the Veterans, Military, and Public Safety Committee. He also serves on Agriculture and Small Business, Economic Development, the Tourism Development & Energy and the new Advanced Communications & Information Technology committees.