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Bids for Yokohama water, sewer expansion opened


Nathan Gregory



Sealed bids for water and sewer system expansions on East Hazelwood Road in Clay County where Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi is locating its plant were opened during Wednesday's West Point Board of Selectmen meeting. 


Four potential contractors are vying for the two-part project. KAJACS Contractors, Inc. out of Poplar Bluff, Mo., submitted the lowest base bid at $1,724,106. The next lowest bid came from Florence, Ala.-based Hemphill Construction Co., Inc. at $1,769,537. Lousiville-based 4-D Construction, Inc.'s bid was $1,780,291.30. Perma Corporation out of Columbus' bid was $1,880.042.19. 


Selectmen took the bids under advisement and will likely award the contract during an Oct. 8 meeting. 


The board recently selected Landmark Structures to build the plant's water tank. Clay County supervisors will begin the bidding process for construction of the road connecting Miss. Highway 45 Alternate to the plant next month. 


Yokohama, Mississippi and local officials broke ground on what will be one of the largest tire plants in the country Monday. Slated to begin operation in October 2015, the plant's first phase will bring an estimated 500 jobs. Yokohama will spend $300 million on top of $70 million in state general obligation bonds plus local money to finance the facility.


Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.



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