Free Trade or Fair Trade
Information gathered by the American Policy
Not Much is Fair About Free Trade
Tax consequences are far less for foreign
There is a big difference between "Fair Trade"
and "Free Trade". Free Trade means that China
and others pay substantially less in taxes to do
business in the U.S. than American companies.
It means they are free to use the strength of
the dollar to close our manufacturing facilities
and put millions of workers out of work. It
means they are free to ignore patent and
trademark laws and protections. Free trade means
that China and others are free to ignore the
environment and dump toxins into the water and
air which soon will affect our air and weather
and eventually our coasts. And free trade means
foreign competitors are free to disregard trade
agreements by closing their countries to U.S.
"Fair trade", on the other hand, would equalize
the tax burdens of our domestic producers and
competing imports. It would price the dollar at
its fair trade value. It would enforce
trademark, patent, and environmental laws and
enforce trade agreements.
Fair trade would reward those companies that
innovate, cut costs and invest in productivity.
Fair Trade would achieve all the goals that Free
Trade advocates espouse.
Until we ensure Free Trade is also Fair Trade,
we are putting our economic future in peril.
The Summitville Story dates back to 1912 when a
share of stock in the company sold for 50
dollars, when shale and clay were dug by steam
shovel, when beehive kilns were loaded by hand
and fired by coal…and when the offices of the
Summit Brick Company were housed in the old
abandoned C & P Railroad Station.
H. Johnson came to Summitville in 1920 and
converted operations over to the manufacture of
face brick. Soon his Summitville Face Brick Co.
was flourishing…well known for its deep red
colored bricks known as “Summitville Reds”.
World War II, a second generation joined the
company. And by 1947, Fred and Pete Johnson
renamed the company Summitville Tiles and began
to produce quarry tile in a wide variety of
colors and shapes. A second quarry tile plant
was purchased in 1965, doubling the company’s
1980, Summitville Laboratories was launched to
produce a full line of tile installation
materials…from latex mortars and grouts to
chemical resistant epoxies and seamless epoxy
floor systems, and more!
third generation of the Johnson family took the
reigns of the company in the mid 1980’s and
today brothers Bruce and Dave Johnson are at the
helm. Under their direction, the company
is refocusing itself back to the core product
lines for which the company is best known:
premium grade quarry tiles, acid-resistant
industrial floor brick, precision-cut thin brick
and installation materials that go with these
Efforts are under way at the company to
modernize and expand the output of kilns, to
enhance the shade control of the tile and brick
products before they are fired and to increase
production flexibility…all to better serve the
new product lines are in development…such as a
new line of frost resistant ceramic roof
shingles, with all the trims. In
conjunction with the development of this new
product line, Summitville has supplied roof
shingles for a number of installations…from the
1850’s Victorian home of Senator Mike DeWine to
several dormitories at Berry College near
Summitville Tiles will celebrate its 95rd
birthday in 2007…making it one of the nation’s
oldest continuously operating tile manufacturers
and the only surviving charter member of the
industry’s national trade association, the Tile
Council of America. Summitville Tiles has
withstood the test of time. And, it
is poised for a bright future.