The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute's (ARI) President William G. Sutton said President Bush's decision to rescind tariffs on steel is a “clear victory for consumers and the manufacturers of heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment for whom steel is a vital and fundamental component,” in a statement. ARI said the tariffs threatened the ability of American firms to compete. It joined other groups in warning the International Trade Commission that tariffs were encouraging manufacturers to move facilities abroad. The ARI trade association represents manufacturers of more than 90% of the North American produced central air conditioners and commercial refrigeration equipment.