United States Customs and Border Patrol has selected four companies to build prototypes of a concrete-based wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A spokesman from the agency made the announcement during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Those selected include Cadelle Construction LLC, from Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Industries, from Fisher, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., from Houston, Texas; and W.G. Yates & Sons, from Philadelphia, Mississippi.
The companies, which were selected from hundreds of applicants, are no strangers to large-scale contracting projects funded by state and federal dollars. Caddell built the U.S. Embassy in Burundi, while the state of Texas tapped Texas Sterling to build slide bridges in San Antonio; W.G. Yates has built the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and parts of the University of Alabama.
CBP originally intended to announce the decision and begin construction in May; delays in the process mean that the prototypes, which companies will build in San Diego County, won't go up until the beginning of November.
The CBP spokesman added that the agency will announce next week which vendors were selected to build non-concrete-based border wall prototypes.