Competing with the Japanese

  • Sidney M. Levy


Except for a handful of American construction giants, Shimizu, Kajima, Ohbayashi, Kumagai Gumi, and the rest of the Japanese Big 6, will not pose much of a threat to the hundreds of thousands of small and medium size contractors in this country. Although the 1988 Engineering News Record list of Top 400 contractors in the U.S. lists Number 400 with an annual sales volume of $43.7 million, there are about 455,000 other general contractors out there with yearly sales under a million dollars. The comings and goings of the world’s building behemoths probably will not touch any of these 455,000 plus contractors in any significant way, but those U.S. construction companies breathing the air of multi-million dollar contracts might see these competitors from a different perspective.


Construction Industry Foreign Firm Construction Company Collective Bargaining Agreement General Contractor 
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