Many boat builders (and other manufacturers) go in earnest looking for cheaper labor to build their products, and a large number of them fall into the pit of China
, including a number of automobile builders. I believe when Gunboat first went there they had a big presence of foreign managers, overseers, instructors, etc. But when they decided to open a concurrent plant in NC, they likely had to transfer a lot of that talent to the new NC plant,...and that left the China
plant to 'hopefully' continue on with what they had been taught.
Big mistake as China at present will take advantage of all possible schemes for making money
,...regardless of deals struck
I worked for an old friend over in Singapore
for awhile in the offshore oil
and construction business. For the most part the Koreans and the Japanese were the builders and owners of the giant barge/ships that became the prime contractor for many of the offshore
jobs. Then they subcontracted out most of the technical operations/constructions of the overall job to western companies that had much more experience in doing the jobs. There were real differences in the manner that this 2 prime contractors conducted business with their subs. I suspect the Chinese are also now entering the field as Prime contractors,....and I do not think I would want to be a sub-contractor under them.
Earning dollars is their primary goal, and how they go about it is secondary in all considerations,..... ruthless, with little regard for peripherals. Actually it sounds a bit like some of our hedge fund managers on Wall Street