But he’s since changed his tune.
“We've really had a pretty good year,” Howard said Friday in a new interview on FOX Business’ “The Claman Countdown.” “What I was speculating ... all those price increases and stuff, it didn't have a big effect.”
Howard owns Howard Steel, a North Carolina company that manufactures gas lines, structural steel and equipment for job sites.
In his 2018 FOX Business interview, Howard said he paid about 38 cents for a pound of raw materials from domestic steel producers and the price went up to 68 cents after the tariffs were implemented.
But now, Howard said he hasn’t had issues, hasn’t had to lay any employees off and said he actually has more business than he can handle with the size of his company.
FOX Business’ Megan Henney contributed to this article.