You seem to imply that the company in question is U.S. based, when they're actually French. And I'm not sure a great lakes dock is their version of a Suez Canal to the world.Regarding the pot I stirred by mentioning the Huge contractor giving away perfectly good tools at end of job,let me say this. As in most things,it boils down to perspective and what works for one person,may not work for the next. This company I referenced ,at last count operates in 38 states and is expanding to International markets via a Great Lakes deep dock that is literally the gateway to the world. Does it really make much sense for them to box up a bunch of hand tools and ship them back to their base camp at the end of every job. For them to go from never doing road work in 1979 to the worlds largest bridge builder by 2013 they are not prone to making many false moves. They have been in business since 1898 ,they have had plenty of time to assess what business model does and does not work for them.
I do not feel it is appropriate for me to name other companies,however,if one is curious,google worlds largest bridge builder and the "mystery" company will appear .
Anyway, semantics mode off... knew a couple of their mid level guys in the UK.