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Job Corps bid chosen; Idaho firm lowest

Jun 14, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified an Idaho contractor as the apparent low bidder for construction of the Wind River Job Corps Center in Riverton.

During a bid opening teleconference Thursday, DOL contract specialist Olivia J. Thorpe announced that Rafter H, LLC, offered the lowest bid to complete the work. Rafter's estimate came in at $41.3 million.

Other estimates came from JT Construction Enterprise Corporation in Clearwater, Fla., for $42.2 million, and from SGS, LLC out of Oklahoma City for $47.9 million.

'Another step'

Sandy Barton, executive director of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, said the bid opening represents "another step" in the process to see the center open by 2015.

"This makes it official," Barton said. "The final contract (should be) signed by the end of the month."

Rafter H representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday, though company member Bryan Sargent did identify himself at the bid opening teleconference. Barton doesn't know much about the company, but she expressed hope that it would use as many local contractors and employees as possible on the project.

"I just want it to be fair and open," Barton said. "I want ... to build the best Job Corps center we can."

The Job Corps, which will provide academic assistance and career and technical training to about 550 students ages 16 to 24, initially was slated to be built by 2011.

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