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Top Musical Instrument Maker Warns Customers: Trump Tariffs Forcing Us To Leave US, Raise Costs


Top Musical Instrument Maker Warns Customers: Trump Tariffs Forcing Us To Leave US, Raise Costs

Musical instrument manufacturer Moog sent out a letter to customers warning that President Trump’s recently imposed 25% tariff on some Chinese products are forcing the company to “immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments” and could compel them to shut down their factory in North Carolina and move production overseas.

The synthesizer designer is the latest major American company that has threated to move its business overseas due to increased operating costs caused by Trump’s tariffs, NPR News reported Monday.

In an email to customers, the company warned:

As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.

These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.

I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.

I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.


Moog’s letter comes less than a week after Wisconsin-based motorcycle company Harley-Davidson announced that it would shift some of its production overseas due to a separate set of Trump tariffs.



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