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SPECIAL INTEREST SMITH CORONA LEGISLATION SHOULD NOT HOLD CONGRESS HOSTAGE: COMPANIES SHOULD COMPETE IN MARKETPLACE

 SPECIAL INTEREST SMITH CORONA LEGISLATION SHOULD NOT HOLD
 CONGRESS HOSTAGE: COMPANIES SHOULD COMPETE IN MARKETPLACE
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corporation issued the following:
 A Smith Corona-inspired Senate filibuster threatens to sidetrack Congress and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. It will also sacrifice Tennessee jobs in a crass attempt to shore up the image and profits of a company that will abandon U.S. manufacturing.
 Even before its recent announced pullout to Mexico, British- dominated Smith Corona exported over 1,100 jobs to southeast Asia as it became America's largest importer of portable electric and portable automatic typewriters.
 "In a classic case of role reversal during these years, Brother Industries, Smith Corona's largest rival in the marketplace, became America's number one producer of these products," said Brother International Corporation President Patrick T. Gilmore. Brother no longer imports any of these products, producing all the portable electric typewriters it sells in the United States at its factory in Bartlett, Tenn.
 "That's what makes the current filibuster and other recent legislative attempts to protect Smith Corona so appalling," Gilmore added. "These blatant, special interest efforts jeopardize 800 Brother manufacturing and distribution jobs in Tennessee but the primary beneficiaries are Smith Corona's foreign workers in Asia and soon, Mexico. Even at this late date, Smith Corona has not promised to retain New York jobs if its wins protection."
 At the core of the dispute between the two companies is a fear of competition in the marketplace, said Gilmore. Accordingly, Smith- Corona invents a series of alleged misdeeds by Brother to shift blame from its management and petition for protection, often asserting that Brother's is a mere "screwdriver assembly operation."
 However, time after time, government agencies and the courts disagreed with Smith-Corona. In November 1991, the U.S. Department of Commerce found Brother's Tennessee plant to be a manufacturing operation with fully 69-80 percent of the value of its products "non- Japanese" in origin.
 More recently, on Sept. 3 of this year, the U.S. Court of International Trade ordered the Commerce Department to continue its investigation of Brother's dumping petition against Smith-Corona's underpriced imports from Singapore. Said Judge Jane Restani, Brother's "operations at Bartlett can only be described as 'manufacturing.'"
 "Not content with these outcomes, Smith Corona is once again seeking help from Congress," said Gilmore, " and this time all Americans, not just our employees, are being asked to foot the bill. Such special interest legislation has no place in Congress. Our workers, Smith Corona's workers in New York and the American public deserve better."
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 /CONTACT: Patrick T. Gilmore, president, Brother International Corporation, 908-356-8880, ext. 4004/
 (SCO) CO: Brother International Corporation; Smith Corona ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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