ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Another major step forward towards development of Ellsworth Air Force Base in preparation for the B-21 – the Department of Defense announced a 95-million-dollar contract for base improvements over the next decade.
Four of the five contractors selected to bid on the work over the next ten years are West River, including All American Construction Services of Rapid City, Dakota Plains Electrical Contracting of Eagle Butte, La Creek Development Corporation of Martin, and Quinn-Scull Joint Venture of Rapid City.
According to a release from the Department of Defense, they have been collectively awarded the opportunity to bid on multiple contracts as they arise.
Derek Suhr, Vice President of Quinn Construction, says it was a tedious process that led them to this announcement, but they’re thankful knowing they’ll have the opportunity to bid on projects locally.
“Everything out there is going to be toward base infrastructure, building demolitions, building renovations, upgrading utilities throughout the base and replacing civil utilities, and we’re imagining there will be quite the upgrades to support the incoming B-21 bombers that are coming in,” Suhr said.
Along with President of Quinn, Julie Suhr, with the growth they say they’re always looking to hire for operators, laborers, truck drivers and more.
And as a local company selected for this size of project, they aim to keep any subcontracting local as well.