What is happening: The tariffs on materials such as steel have been a curse for some companies, but a blessing for others in the supply chain.
Byer: Steel suppliers Byer Steel Co have been enjoying higher prices for their material in the last year, posting improved results in 2018, and even handing out bonuses to their staff.
Laclede: Manufacturer Laclede Chain Manufacturing Co on the other hand have been facing cuts due to rising material costs. They have been forced to cut costs and investment in a time in which they were growing.
Stable: Business has apparently now stabilized, according to both businesses, since the US-China trade conflict of last summer.
Long term: This could change all over again in the long term though, as US trade relations with China are still up in the air.
Steelmakers: The profits recorded by US steel makers are not surprisingly up in the last year, however a significant portion of the market is still made up of foreign imported steel.