Four out-of-state companies have been invited by the federal government to come to San Diego to build prototypes of a concrete wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, it was announced Thursday.
The contract will award Fisher about $500,000 to build a 30-foot wide by up to 30-foot long concrete prototype of a border wall.
"This is the first tangible result of the action planning that has gone on", said Ronald Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Vitiello said Congress included $20 million in the fiscal 2017 budget to fund the wall prototypes.
The other vendors selected Thursday were: Caddell Construction Co., Montgomery, Ala.; Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, Texas; W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.; Philadelphia, Miss. "The new designs would be added to our menu of existing designs, and allow us to tailor a specific wall design to the unique demands of individual areas of the border".
The next step is for CBP officials to sit down with the selected companies and finalize a timeline, which, according to Vitiello, should take "couple of weeks".
The four companies won't be the only ones competing as four more contracts will be given to companies that will create prototypes with other materials.
President Donald Trump just got one step closer to his "big, attractive wall" on the U.S. -Mexico border.
The concrete portion of the wall (E) would sit on the US -facing side of an electronically monitored zone and another barrier (B) facing toward the Mexico side would be transparent enough for officials to see through. Once construction of all the prototypes is done, CBP could choose up to eight prototypes to use for the wall.
The companies will be given 30-days after receiving notice from the government to produce these prototypes, which will then be evaluated. "And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money", he said. Any additional funding for the wall will need to be appropriated by Congress.
The test walls will cover a 30-foot section of the border, will run 18 to 30 feet tall and are meant to look imposing.
"Build that wall", Trump said at the August 22 rally in Phoenix. Fisher started the company as an aggregate processing operation for construction and mining projects.
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