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Contractors submit bids for border wall construction

Posted at 10:36 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 08:54:32-04

As contractors wait to hear who will construct President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an Oracle man is hoping to win a bid.

MORE: CBP solicits for contractors to build "physically imposing" border wall.

Guy Gillespie owns the company Incident Management Logistic Support. Gillespie has submitted paperwork not to build the wall, but to build camps for the construction workers who may have to work in remote areas. 

"We build man camps," Gillespie said. "Design, build and outright man camps which is infrastructure for remote construction projects."

Gillespie also provides food, water, electricity and everything crews use to live for a few months or however long is needed. Back in 2008 Gillespie says his company built a camp in Papago Farm, about 30 miles outside of Sells, while work was being done on the border.

Big federal jobs like the wall are few and far between, Gillespie said. He would likely hire about 12 people to help him build the camp that could potentially house hundreds of workers. Depending on the services required, it could cost up to $170 per day per worker to run the camp, Gillespie said.

Some border wall contractors reportedly have concerns about a hostile working environment.

While critics remain skeptical of the wall citing environmental concerns, potential legal battles, and the cost, Gillespie says the wall would just be another job. 

"I'm not concerned about the political ramifications or business, I'm just trying to operate a business and support the construction workers in remote areas," Gillespie said.

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