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US Manufacturers Seek Relief From Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

FILE- A model of a Mercedes-Benz sits in front of company officials as they wait to speak during a ceremony in Atlanta announcing the company's relocation of its U.S. corporate headquarters to Sandy Springs, Ga., from New Jersey, Feb. 3, 2015. German business leaders have expressed concerns that President Donald Trump's 25 percent tariff on imported steel could affect the auto industry in the South.

President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for hundreds of American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief.

Nearly 2,200 companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff, and more than 200 other companies are asking to be spared the 10 percent aluminum tariff.

Other companies are weighing their options. Jody Fledderman, chief executive of Batesville Tool & Die in Indiana, said American steelmakers have already raised their prices since Trump's tariffs were announced last month. Fledderman said he might have to shift production to a plant in Mexico, where he can buy cheaper steel.

A group of small- and medium-size manufacturers are gathering in Washington to announce a coalition to fight the steel tariff.