Is NYC showing signs of regret over its decision to outsource bridge reconstruction to China?
As we reported recently, New York City has chosen a Chinese firm to supply the steel needed to renovate Staten Island’s Verrazano Bridge.
Specifically, the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has chosen a Chinese firm to supply the $34 million of steel needed for reconstruction the bridge.
U.S. steel producers and their workers have objected to the outsourcing, and New York Daily News reporter Ginger Adams Otis has quoted United Steelworkers (USW) Vice President Tom Conway as saying that U.S. steel producers can supply the steel in question:
"We are very skeptical about their claim they can’t find an American plant to make these plates. We found two in Pennsylvania — 100 miles from the bridge — that bid on the project and wanted to do it.”
At heart, the problem is that China’s central government provides many of its state-owned enterprises, including steel producers, with massive subsidies, that allow them to underbid U.S. firms.
NYC officials have subsequently come "under fire for buying steel from China," though, according to Adams Otis. In response, they have now "agreed to meet with U.S. industry officials in Manhattan this week to discuss the future."
And read more about the outsourcing of New York City's Verrazano Bridge renovation to China.
Image of the Verrazano Bridge by Flickr user janoma.cl. Used following Creative Commons guidelines.
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