Kansas company criticized for Vietnam, demands action

Kansas company criticized for Vietnam, demands action

A Kansas construction company claims it is owed millions of dollars by a Vietnam government-owned company, and now wants the US government to step in.

The family-owned company, Hall Brothers, Inc., says it has been trying for years to get the Vietnamese state-owned company to pay for work it did in the communist country. Starting in the early 2000s, Hall Brothers paved dozens of miles of highway. They say that at first they received partial payments, but then they stopped coming.

In this undated photo, a Hall Brothers construction crew lays new asphalt on a road in Vietnam. (Philip Bodinet/Fox News)

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Now Hall Brothers Chairman Dick Kistner says the state-owned company owes them nearly $38 million. That includes millions of dollars in labor, supplies, travel and other expenses, not to mention the legal fees they have racked up fighting the Vietnamese company in court. The ordeal has affected his business in the United States.

“It affected how much we could do here in the United States because we had to send money over there to keep it going,” Kistner said.

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Hall Brothers tells FOX Business that several other US companies are in the same position as them. The company has been trying to get the Commerce Department and other government agencies involved, but has had no luck so far.

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