The China Connection

There are thousands of Chinese companies in the U.S. Here's how they got there, how they operate, and how their influence is growing every day

For over half a century, Southwest Products Co. has been a stalwart supplier to the U.S. defense and aviation industries. The small but highly regarded Irwindale (Calif.) company has carved out a niche as a leading manufacturer of spherical bearings for aircraft made by Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, and even Europe's Airbus. Today, its 60 factory workers make bearings for the Pentagon's C-17 military transport plane. And NASA uses Southwest bearings in the Space Shuttle.

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