Supervisors award infrastructure contracts for steel plant expansion

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have awarded contracts for an access road, rail spur and loading pad portions of the expansion for the local Mississippi Steel Processing plant.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the board accepted recommendations from county engineer Bob Calvert on the contracts.

Okolona-based Ausbern Construction was selected to build the access road after submitting a bid of $716,354. Continental Rails & Excavating of Hattiesburg got a contract for the loading pad at $167,587.

Prewett Enterprises from Walls will construct the rail spur after supervisors approved their $112,668 bid.

Each of those bids was the lowest submitted in each category for the project during a bid opening last week.

The plant buys steel coils and cuts the metal to customer specifications. The expansion is expected to create 40 jobs.

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