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DELTA COUNTY – The first bids have been awarded for the building of the new Delta County Jail, and five of the ten contracts have been awarded to companies from the Escanaba-Gladstone area.
County Administrator Ryan Bergman tells the Radio Results Network that two other contracts went to a company from Neenah, Wisconsin, which has an agreement in place with local labor unions to hire locally.
“When we hired our construction manager, we made it clear that one of the things that we were going to evaluate them on is, how could they generate local business?,” Bergman told RRN News. “How could they break down bid packages in a way that these local companies have a shot at it. That it’s not just big packages for big companies. We wanted to keep it local, so that’s what they did.”
Bergman says that contracts for specialized jail detention and security equipment, went to firms from Indiana and could not be filled by local companies.
In all, this set of contracts amount to 7-point-36 million dollars, which is just under half of the mount of the total project. A second bid package will be awarded next month. Bergman says the plan is to break ground on the new jail at the Delta County Service Center either late this month or early next month.
The bids are as follows:
|Earthwork||DeGrand Construction||Escanaba, MI|
|Asphalt Paving||Payne & Dolan||Gladstone, MI|
|Site Concrete||Miron Construction||Neenah, WI|
|Fencing||Delta Fence||Escanaba, MI|
|Site Utilities||DeGrand Construction||Escanaba, MI|
|Building Cast-In-Place Concrete||Roy Ness Construction||Escanaba, MI|
|Precast Concrete-||Miron Construction||Neenah, WI|
|Structural Steel||Spirit Fabs, Inc.||Green Bay, WI|
|Detention Equipment||Pauly Jail||Noblesville, IN|
|Safety/Security||Stanley Convergent||Fishers, IN|