Hopefully Detroit is keeping its new bridge made in USA
Yesterday, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) commented on the pending Detroit River bridge that would link the U.S. and Canada.
As AAM Executive Director Scott Paul explained, the bridge should be made with American and Canadian steel:
“Since the proposed bridge project is intended to boost trade between the U.S. and Canada, it should be constructed with steel and other components manufactured in both of the countries involved.
“What makes absolutely no sense would be to import massive amounts of steel from China. Recent experience with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has taught us that opting for government-subsidized Chinese steel costs more in the long-term, delays delivery, raises quality concerns, and bypasses the opportunity to create jobs here at home.
Hopefully Michigan officials agree on the importance of keeping the bridge made in America. Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been saying the right thing, though, according to a Detroit News article:
Concerns were raised and one of the final sticking points appeared to be Canada's interest in using cheaper Chinese steel. On Thursday, Calley said: "…One thing that we know for sure, (there is) absolute, positive, zero percent chance that there will be any Chinese steel in this project."
Sounds good. AAM will be watching to make sure that Michigan follows through on its commitment to using U.S. steel.
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