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GLIN==> Multiple special federal contracts awarded to help complete dredging work this year

Submitted by Lynne Whelan <lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil>

DETROIT - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Contracting division awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity streamlined federal contracts for the Great Lakes districts in Detroit, Chicago, and Buffalo. The contracts are designed to provide greater flexibility in responding to maintenance dredging of the commercial shipping channels and harbors of the Great Lakes, while saving taxpayer dollars.

A Multiple Award Task Order Contract, MATOC, was awarded to eleven companies for the Great Lakes area at a maximum of $15 million to be used throughout a span of three years.

The MATOC is a task-order-type contract, which allows the Corps to compete required work among the selected contractors throughout the duration of the contract, while minimizing the delays of conducting a separate procurement for each requirement. One of the goals of such a contract is to shorten the traditional 45 to 60 day advertise-bid-review-award process to a five to ten day process.

The MATOC was issued to seven companies in Michigan: Bayshore Contractors, LLC., in Grand Rapids; Great Lakes Dock & Materials, LLC., from Muskegon; Infrastructure Alternatives, out of Comstock Park; the King Company, from Holland; Luedtke Engineering Company, out of Frankfort; Morrish-Wallace Construction Company, doing business as Ryba Marine, based in Cheboygan; and MCM Marine Inc., from Sault Ste. Marie., with the last four of the contracts awarded to companies from various states: Matrix Environmental, Inc. from Libertyville, Ill.; Southwind Construction Corp., located in Evansville, Ind., B&B Dredging Inc., of Portsmouth, Va.; and Roen Salvage Co. from Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Under the process, the eleven companies will compete to provide a broad variety of dredging services at various locations within the Great Lakes region.

Planned work to be awarded under the contracts includes the dredging of the harbors at St. Marys, in Mich., Grand Marais in Minn., and Manitowoc, Menominee, Saxon, and Sturgeon Bay, in Wis. at a cost of about $3.5 million. Work in these areas is expected to begin in mid-August with additional work to be awarded throughout the next three years.

The Detroit District's total dredging budget for 2008 is expected to be more than $20 million with most of the contracts awarded already this year. The contracts under the MATOC will not exceed $2 million each, but the contractors can bid on more than one contract including contracts not covered by the MATOC.

For questions or more details, please contact the Detroit District Public Affairs Office at (313) 226-4680 or Angie Mundell, project manager, (313) 226-5005.

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