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Friday, May 03, 2019

Would-Be Builder of Border Wall Ready to Do ‘Impossible’

The vice president of a family-owned construction company says his firm is competing for one of the nation’s most talked-about contracts because its leaders believe they can do what many say can’t be done.

“Two years ago, when the president said he wanted to build a wall [from] sea to sea … many people said, ‘It cannot be built, it won’t be built,’” Grant Fisher, vice president of Fisher Industries, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

But “build the impossible,” Fisher said, is “what we do.”

Fisher said his company’s $3.3 billion proposal to the Department of Homeland Security is to construct 218 miles of border fence, plus roads and related technology, by June 2020. The work would be in 11 sectors, ranging from 2 miles near Tucson, Arizona, to 46 miles near El Paso, Texas, according to the proposal.

The fence would use bollards, which are upright steel posts usually placed along roads and parking lots to block or control traffic.

Fisher said his family’s company, established in the ’60s, found a solution allowing construction of a mile of steel fence per day along the southern border.

“This system includes the physical barrier, but it also includes infrastructure for the [Border Patrol] agents,” Fisher said.

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