GERMANTOWN, Wis. —  Desert Aire welcomed Peter Davidson, general counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, to its manufacturing and headquarters facility as part of a series of fact-finding events focused on the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). Davidson serves as the legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and is the Department’s chief legal officer.

Davidson was joined in his visit to the Desert Aire facility by Koreen Grube, director; and Rebecca Gladen, senior international trade specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Wisconsin, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Also taking part in the fact-finding visit was Loni Hagerup, chief of staff to Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Republican representative for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District who serves on House Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs.

“As a small manufacturer Desert Aire has leaned upon the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist us in growing our international sales beyond the domestic marketplace,” said Keith Coursin, president, Desert Aire. “We are happy to meet with Department leaders and explain in person the difficulties we face from a regulatory and resources point-of-view as we strive to continue our sales growth outside the borders of the United States.

“We hope this visit provides renewed confidence in the Department’s favorable impact on businesses throughout southeastern Wisconsin,” Coursin added.

According to background materials, the purposes of the events are to foster open discussions about the USMCA agreement, how it differs from NAFTA, and what impact it would likely have on businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Commerce states the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

Publication date: 7/1/2019

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