Gun safe maker Stack-On Products recently announced their decision to relocate two Chicago-area factories to Mexico in the wake of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on metal from China, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“The operation is really not profitable,” said Al Fletcher, human resources director for Stack-On’s parent company, Alpha Guardian. “Mr. Trump is part of this.”
The President announced in June his decision to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum in an effort to support those industries in the United States. Since that time, the U.S. has imposed tariffs on $3 billion of Chinese steel and aluminum and has proposed tariffs on an additional $16 billion.
Fletcher said their decision to relocate their Chicago factories to Juarez, Mexico, came shortly after Trump announced his first set of tariffs. Both factories will close, affecting 153 jobs in manufacturing, warehouse, and administration. Office staff will have the opportunity to relocate to El Paso, Texas, across the border from the Juarez plant. Engineering and sales and marketing employees will be retained and relocated within the Chicago area, Fletcher told the Tribune.
Stack-On already operates a plant in Mexico and another in China.
The firearms industry has been largely silent on how Trump’s metal tariffs might affect business. Excepting a strange statement in February, Trump has staunchly defended Second Amendment rights even in the wake of high-profile school attacks in Florida and Texas. Trade organizations like the National Shooting Sports Foundation have thus far declined to choose between criticizing a pro-gun president and supporting policies that might cause gun manufacturers to raise prices.
The NSSF told GunsAmerica via email that tariff discussion in the gun industry has so far been limited, and they haven’t taken an official stance on this issue.