Wisconsin companies looking to get on the border-wall action now know whom to reach out to for potential subcontracting opportunities.
Federal officials have selected four contractors to design and build a prototype wall that could eventually be constructed at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The chosen companies are Caddell Construction Co., of Montgomery, Ala.; Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., a subsidiary of Dickinson, N.D.-based Fisher Industries; Texas Sterling Construction Co, of Houston; and W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Co., of Philadelphia, Miss.
All four companies will build a solid concrete prototype. Each wall will be 30 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and will cost between $400,000 and $500,000.
At least one Wisconsin company, a Green Bay metal fabricator, has expressed interest in working on the border wall.
Construction of the border wall itself is still not a guarantee, since Congress has not put any money toward the project. President Donald Trump has threatened to allow the government to shut down if Congress does not approve funding for his proposed border wall.
Trump originally proposed during his campaign for president that Mexico pay for the wall. Mexican officials have pushed back against the idea.