Jalaa Fiberglass has manufactured Fiberglass tanks in Newton for several years competing against out of state manufacturers and wholesalers.
These tanks are actually manufactured in Newton with local labor from liquid resin and reinforcements.
With average3 of 50 man hours of labor per tank paid to local employees, unlike autos or other equipment just sold in Jasper County with very little labor.
This new tax will make them less competative by adding $50-60 to the price of the tanks.
Sales may be lost as well as employees losing jobs in Newton. Every tank sale lost will cost local workers at least a week of pay.
Therefore we feel it is very unfair and discriminating to local industry providing real jobs.
Actual products made in Jasper County should be exempt to keep jobs here.