WASHINGTON — Wisconsin lawmakers and union leaders cheered paper maker Appleton's victory Thursday against foreign competitors.
Appleton won the final round of a 13-month effort to prove German and Chinese lightweight thermal manufacturers used unfair trade practices that warranted U.S. government action.
Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold and Reps. Steve Kagen and Tom Petri said the International Trade Commission made the right decision in finding that artificially low prices for foreign paper products posed a significant economic threat to Appleton.
Kohl, Kagen and Petri along with Gov. Jim Doyle, D-Wis., testified before the commission at an October hearing on the case.
"Given the competitive global economy, this is a fair and proper response,” Petri, R-Fond du Lac said.