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Another Arizona-based company involved in border wall construction

(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

PHOENIX — Another Arizona-based company could be involved in the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Thursday.

KWR Construction, Inc., a general contractor based in Sierra Vista, Arizona, was selected to construct a border wall prototype using alternate materials, the department said in a press release.

The company was one of four to be awarded this type of contract, along with Caddell Construction Co. in Montgomery, Alabama; ELTA North America Inc. in Annapolis Junction, Maryland and W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

KWR Construction will construct a prototype with alternate materials that will aim to “deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed” and “provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials.”

The department will use the prototypes to “evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the Southwest border.”

The timeline for construction has not yet been completed, but CBP officials expect to construct the prototype in the fall, the press release said.

The plan for border wall construction started in January, when President Donald Trump signed an executive order to start construction shortly after he was sworn into office.

KWR Construction is not the first Arizona-based company to get involved in the border wall construction.

The Tempe-based Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. was selected by CBP last month to construct a concrete border wall prototype and Dark Pulse Technologies in Scottsdale made it to the second round of bids in May.

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