More than 300 vendors from across the country are lining up to bid on the opportunity to build President Donald Trump’s border wall. Just over 300 companies formally expressed interest in the bidding process in the first few days.
Approximately 304 companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico responded to the invitation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prepare a bid on a prototype border security wall. The quick response from companies interested in the project came within the first four business days following the issuance of the solicitation, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from the General Services Administration.
CBP Public Affairs Spokesman Mike Friel told Breitbart Texas, “We expect a lot of interest.”
“The primary purpose of this effort is to develop design standards for a border wall that may be constructed along the southwest border with Mexico in support of USBP operational requirements,” CBP officials said in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “Any and all prototypes will be designed to deter illegal entry into the United States. Wall design and construction award timelines for prototype construction will be expedited to meet immediate U.S. Border Patrol operational needs.”
The Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends on issuing a solicitation in electronic format on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico. The procurement will be conducted in two phases, the first requiring vendors to submit a concept paper of their prototype(s) by March 10, 2017, which will result in the evaluation and down select of offers by March 20, 2017.
The agency officials stated CBP will leverage “years of U.S. Border Patrol’s institutional operational knowledge and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ border infrastructure construction subject matter expertise to construct a physical wall or similarly contiguous and impassable physical barrier in the vicinity of the U.S. border with Mexico.”
The list of bidders included at least 38 companies from Texas have requested to bid on the project. California companies made up the second largest number. California’s Lt. Governor, and former San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom pledged to use the state’s environmental laws to stop a wall from being built in the Golden State, Breitbart Texas reported in January.
Newsom’s response is just what we’ve come to expect from California, so may I suggest that as work on the wall progresses, perhaps we should turn the corner at Arizona’s western border and build the wall in a northerly direction…maybe all the way to Canada.
Today it’s being reported that in addition to the vendors above, a cement company in Mexico has added their name to the list.
Rogelio Zambrano, president of Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, was more than willing to provide a cement estimate for the wall.
It’s just a guess, but I would imagine that DHS will be instructed to confine their vendor choices to American companies that employ US citizens. Although for a long time I’ve thought that putting incarcerated illegal immigrants to work on it would be a cost effective use of laborers.
It’s good to see so many vendors interested in this project, and last I heard, Lego has the lowest bid so far.