To keep Globe Specialty Metals in business and 100 people employed in Niagara Falls, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has asked the Commerce Department to deny license applications that would give an unfair advantage to its foreign competitors.
In a letter to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board, the New York Democrat urged the board to reject three pending FTZ manufacturing subzone applications that would give preferential access to silicon metal imports from countries such as China and Russia.
Their approval would undermine Niagara Falls-based Globe Specialty Metals' operations, leading to the loss of about 100 jobs and millions of dollars in investment, Gillibrand said.
Globe Specialty Metals, which recently underwent $40 million in renovations, is one of the world's largest producers of silicon metal and silicon-based alloys.
Gillibrand said that approving these subzones would create an unlevel playing field for domestic manufacturers such as Globe because they would be up against unfairly priced markets and loose regulatory environments, including China's, and foreign producers that benefit from government subsidies.