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West Virginia and South Korea – Linked by Free Trade
Originally published in 100 Days in Appalachia
When President Trump came this close to beginning the U.S. withdrawal from its free-trade agreement with South Korea in September, jobs in Wellsburg, W.Va., were suddenly put at jeopardy. How could that be?
When heavy industry began leaving West Virginia, and Appalachia, for foreign shores, businesses that supplied them had to look for overseas customers, as well. Wellsburg’s Eagle Manufacturing sells industrial safety products,