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DuPont, the manufacturer of Corian, the kitchen counter-top material that is popular in RVs, says Corian will continue to be produced in the U.S. even though DuPont announced today (March 5) it has bought a Chinese company that makes similar solid-surface materials.
DuPont will continue making Corian in Buffalo, N.Y., Korea and at a joint-venture manufacturing plant in Japan.
DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., bought the assets of Guangzhou Montelli Material Technology Corp., a company in the People’s Republic of China, to increase its presence in emerging markets. As a result of the acquisition, DuPont will sell solid-surface materials under the Montelli and Corian brand names in China.
The out-sourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs to less developed countries such as China where labor costs aren’t as high has become a hot political issue this presidential election year and, even though the vast majority of RVs sold in the U.S. are American-made, there are RV industry suppliers who are beginning to worry about a possible consumer backlash against products, including non-U.S. components.