In the face of existing and potential tariffs that could affect its business model, officials at Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon are demonstrating little public concern.

   Citing strong customer loyalty and wise business practices, Alliance’s spokesman explained Ripon’s largest employer should continue to exhibit the strength it’s enjoyed in recent years.

   “As a company, Alliance Laundry Systems has never been stronger,” said Randy Radtke, public relations manager for Alliance. “We feel that we have made the right investments in research and development, talent, technology and facilities to expand our leadership position, despite growing global competition and other challenges within the global marketplace.

   “Ripon has been a key center for that investment, as we have recently expanded our manufacturing and distribution facilities, in addition to adding office space.”

   As of a February count, Alliance employed 2,042 between its office, warehouse and manufacturing areas.

   Producers of laundry equipment such as Alliance have been at the eye of the storm recently in regards to tariffs implemented and proposed by Washington and President Donald Trump.

   In January, the federal government put in place a tariff on the import of washing machines, raising the spectre of reciprocal tariffs abroad.

   Then, last week, Trump began pushing for tariffs on steel imports, a move that could impact manufacturers of steel products, such as Alliance’s laundry equipment.

   The rhetoric on steel tariffs continued into this week.

Read the full story in the March 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.