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Midwest

Jupiter Aluminum Corporation

years ago to 55 percent today. "Jupiter
Aluminum supports President Trump's
decision to preserve and grow American
manufacturing," Chevalier says. "While
competition is good, unfair competition
is not and Chinese aluminum companies
have built an enormous capacity very
quickly benefiting from governmental
help through subsidies and other various
incentives. Over 20 smelters closed in
the U.S. in the last 20 years, even though
American demand did not really drop."
As a member of the Aluminum Association, Jupiter Aluminum's position is that
establishing fair rules is vital for the survival of the domestic aluminum industry.
"Aluminum is a commodity and production cost structures are similar," Chevalier adds. "How could China finance the
construction of so much capacity and

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"there is something
magical about transforming aluminum scrap
into shiny coils. enormous pay-loaders grab
specific series of scrap
and charge them in the
furnaces."
have low prices for customers when U.S.
companies could barely compete?"
Chevalier says Chinese practices have
been unfair and should change to allow
fair competition in the aluminum world.
"Global trade is important," Chevalier
adds. "However, it needs to abide by international rules."
Chevalier, loyal to U.S. environmental
standards, also takes issue with China's

environmental policies. Besides, "China's aluminum production sources its
energy from coal-fired power plants,
making it one of the dirtiest aluminums
in the world," Chevalier notes. "Jupiter
believes that the American aluminum
consumers will eventually recognize
that clean aluminum is more sustainable
than dirty aluminum." (Jupiter sources
from natural gas).
Initiatives such as the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and
the U.S. Green Building Council have a
mission of moving the market towards
greater environmental compliance
through programs, education and certifications. "It is extremely encouraging to see environment-friendly innovations at the Greenbuild trade shows
and the increasing number of young


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