Eastern Europe's ailing nuclear industry paid its first dividend in the West. Besting Germany's Siemens and Switzerland's abb, Westinghouse Electric Corp. won a $220 million contract to upgrade the twin Temelin nuclear plants in the Czech Republic. Key to the success was a promise to set up a maquiladora-style manufacturing plant near Prague, to give Czechs jobs and, as important, reduce the hard-currency expense of the nuclear rehab.

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