OAKLAND (KCBS) — A group called the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is criticizing the use of steel from China on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

In a new campaign dubbed, “Should Be Made in America” the group has set up billboards along Interstate 880 that depict the Chinese flag with the words “The Bay Bridge 100% Foreign Steel.”

AAM Executive Director Scott Paul said not using American steel for the project cost local jobs.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“Those jobs could have been right in the United States and could have been done here at a reasonable cost to taxpayer and also with the creation of about 2,500 manufacturing jobs,” Paul said.

Bay Bridge spokesperson Bart Ney disputed the accuracy of Paul’s claims and said 70 percent of the steel being used for the new span is fabricated in America. Ney said foreign companies are used out of necessity for some parts of the project.

“The primary contractor chose China to deliver those parts because the capacity is not here in the United States right now. There was no American fabricator that would build those specific parts of the bridge,” Ney explained.

The billboards at the Bay Bridge approach in Oakland will remain up for at least two months.

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Comments (8)
  1. tn says:

    The San Francisco East Bay Bridge (Constructed by Unionized Americans, using steel from China) should be called the “San Francisco Far East Bay Bridge.” So, who pockets the profits?

  2. John L. says:

    I don’t buy it. We build the worlds largest and best aircraft carriers, we should be able to build anything. Maybe the right questions were never asked and going to China put money in someones pocket Maybe we should audit xxxx no that would cost us taxpayers more money and time. Current question is what is the warranty???

    1. dm says:

      Arnold should have the answer. It was under his governorship that the deal was made.

  3. Rick says:

    Ha! Made in China, Assembled in USA.

  4. proud_bay_man says:

    Everything is made in China.
    Even the MLK memorial in DC was made of Chinese marble and carved by a Chinese man.

    It’s the Walmarting of America. We deserve it for shopping and buying their products. And they wonder why we have lost so many jobs.

  5. Art says:

    Kinda late to be protesting now,

  6. Paul Marrs says:

    It’s never too late. We can send it back to them a number of ways!

  7. chuck says:

    that billboard is a lie and should be taken down 75% of that bridge was mad here