Thanks for all the work you do in... Shanghai.
In September 2010, during his final days in office, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited a factory to thank workers for the "great work" they were doing:
You have done an extraordinary job because so many of you go to work every day and do welding, painting, lifting, designing, shipping, all of those things in order to help us in California rebuild our Bay Bridge.
Yes, Gov. Schwarzenegger was thanking these manufacturing workers for their help in completing the troubled Bay Bridge, a project that has seen numerous delays and cost overruns.
Ironically, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the workers that Gov. Schwarzenegger was thanking were at the Zhenhua Heavy Industries factory, just outside of Shanghai, China:
The company has fabricated thousands of tons of steel components for the new eight-mile-long bridge that connects San Francisco and Oakland. As for the army of workers laboring on the project, all are Chinese. All, that is, except, for the 200 or so Americans shipped over by the California Department of Transportation and the contractor to offer technical guidance, answer questions, and inspect the finished pieces. The inspections were necessary when initial checks found as many as 65 percent of the welds failed to meet specifications. Viewed another way, it's the kind of on-the-job training that U.S. workers do not receive and that American business, mesmerized by the potential of 1.3 billion Chinese consumers, trips over itself to give China.
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