Bids opened for steel company expansion

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS – Lowndes County supervisors have opened bids for the access road, rail spur and loading pad portions of the expansion for the local Mississippi Steel Processing plant.

The bids were received Wednesday. Supervisors will await recommendations from county engineer Bob Calvert before awarding contracts. The board meets again on Monday.

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

For the access road, estimated to costs $739,000, the lowest bid was for $716,354.

For the rail spur, estimated to cost $129,000, the lowest bid was $112,668.

For the loading pad, estimated to cost $179,000, the lowest bid was $167,587.

The expansion is funded by a Community Development Block Grant.