We didn't get much discussion (or as much as I would have liked to have seen) about this topic the last time it came up, so I'd like to bring it up again. Bridge comes to San Francisco with Made in China label
At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge. The project is part of China’s continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial jetliners — as it aims to become the world’s civil engineer.
In New York City alone, Chinese companies have won contracts to help renovate the subway system, refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River and build a new Metro-North train platform near Yankee Stadium. As with the Bay Bridge, American union labor would carry out most of the work done on United States soil.
Yeah, nothing quite says "Iconic, strong and secure" like a Dollarama bridge......
“We wanted something strong and secure, but we also wanted something iconic,” said Bart Ney, a transportation department spokesman. A joint venture between two American companies, American Bridge and Fluor Enterprises, won the prime contract for the project in early 2006. Their bid specified getting much of the fabricated steel from overseas, to save money.
And that is just beautiful. An American state, intentionally avoiding applying for funding for its "project" to get around having to hire American companies to do the work. It is enough to make you sick to your stomach. And another nice one:
California decided not to apply for federal funding for the project because the “Buy America” provisos would probably have required purchasing more expensive steel and fabrication from United States manufacturers.
Yessir, not only was it out-sourced, but it was out-sourced to a company with ZERO bridge building experience! I wonder if they used leaded paint? And another beauty:
The selection of the state-owned Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company was a surprise, though, because the company made port cranes and had no bridge building experience.
Yeah, God forbid, I mean, Americans only created the infrastructure that is in place currently without China. Created the twin towers, the Golden Gate...... I'm sure they would be completely incapable of making something as complex as this.... Oh wait... Congratulations for getting drunk on the koolaid you freakin' moron! And if that isn't enough, here is what we are expected to compete against folks, this is what the government of California would rather spend your money on:
“I don’t think the U.S. fabrication industry could put a project like this together,” Brian A. Petersen, project director for the American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises joint venture, said in a telephone interview. “Most U.S. companies don’t have these types of warehouses, equipment or the cash flow. The Chinese load the ships, and it’s their ships that deliver to our piers.”
SIXTEEN HOUR WORK DAYS, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! At TWELVE DOLLARS A DAY!!! The race to the bottom is going full-tilt folks. Hang on.
Pan Zhongwang, a 55-year-old steel polisher, is a typical Zhenhua worker. He arrives at 7 a.m. and leaves at 11 p.m., often working seven days a week. He lives in a company dorm and earns about $12 a day.