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Tempe company claims it can build border wall by 2020 election

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PHOENIX — The CEO of a Tempe-based construction company said his team could build a portion of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by the November 2020 election.

Tommy Fisher of Fisher Industries told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday that his patented hanging system would allow his company to build 234 miles of border wall, plus paved roadways, security technology and other components, for $4.31 billion, compared to the $8 billion President Donald Trump has been seeking for the project.

“I think it all comes down to our patent with our hanging system and how fast we can go. We’re vertically integrated, too, so we do steel, we do the paved roads, we make our own concrete. So there’s a lot of synergies that make our company a little more competitive,” Fisher said.

He said his company could provide all components for the wall, including making steel, producing materials for base gravel, grating — everything needed for its construction.

Each time that work is handed to another contractor, costs add up and scheduling becomes more difficult, he said.

“We’re also adding paved roadways and we’re adding value added by using all weathering steel instead of just regular carbon steel to take the life of the barrier to 75 years versus 25-30, and then finishing it probably 2 1/2 to three times as fast,” Fisher said.

He said if his workers could begin construction this month, they would be done by November 2020.

“Over the last two years, they put in approximately 35-40 miles, and you know at that pace I’m just sorry the border’s not going to get secure,” he said.

The proposal includes 20 miles of barrier construction in the Rio Grande Valley, 100 miles outside of Texas on the Southern border and 114 miles in Texas, with exact locations left up to the federal government.

“We don’t mind that our price is out there and what we say because I don’t think anyone can touch us in the quality of our patent and how fast we can go,” Fisher said.

“So my hope is that if the government really wants to get this done … put us to the test, and we’ll prove it, and I will pass it with flying colors.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore contributed to this report. 

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