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LaGuardia Airport Renovation Only 50% Made with USA Materials

LaGuardia Airport to use foreign steel in Four Billion Dollar renovation. They have decided to forgo using only American Made Steel for the job and will use mainly Chinese Steel and some steel fabricated in China

March 29, 2017

LaGuardia's $4 billion facelift won’t be an all-American job, the Daily News has learned.

Chinese steel will be used in the high-profile project meant to make the city’s second-best airport great again — infuriating the U.S. steel industry that says it can handle the demand.

A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey told The News Monday that Chinese steel will build some of roadway bridges at the airport.

It’s also relying on steel fabricated in Canada for part of the Terminal B building.

The Port Authority said it’s in compliance with the mandates required by its funding.

“The public-private-partnership contract has a requirement that 50% of the steel be domestic and LaGuardia Gateway Partners — our PPP partner — is meeting that goal,” the spokesman said.

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said the Port Authority’s “blatant outsourcing” was at odds with Gov. Cuomo’s insistence on a “Buy American” clause in his latest budget — and even at odds with President Trump’s “Buy America, Hire America” pledge.

“The cost (of this) is more American jobs. It is our hope that the Port Authority reconsiders using Chinese and foreign steel. There are thousands of unemployed factory workers anxious to get back to making steel here in America,” said Paul.

“America's steel makers are capable and waiting. It is unacceptable that major public infrastructure projects in New York are providing jobs overseas,” he added.

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LaGuardia Airport to use foreign steel in Four Billion Dollar renovation
LaGuardia Airport to use foreign steel in Four Billion Dollar renovation