Trump officials pick four companies to build prototypes of border wall
The companies chosen are: Caddell Construction in Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Sand & Gravel/DBA Fisher Industries in Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction in Houston, Texas; and WG Yates & Sons Construction in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Construction of the prototypes, to take place in San Diego, is the first step in fulfilling Trump's campaign promise of building a "big, beautiful" wall stretching along the 3220-kilometre Mexico border.
"Today we mark a significant milestone," said Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said.
"This is the first tangible result of the action planning that has gone on. This is the use of the resources we had available for this year."
Construction is expected to begin on the concrete prototypes in two weeks, Vitiello said, and should be complete this fall within 30 days after breaking ground.
Each prototype will be 30-feet long and up to 30-feet high, and will be located within close proximity of each other, he said. They will act as a secondary barrier in a border enforcement zone that already has a fence. ■