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Bechtel-Installed Temporary Housing Units Reach 25,000

Jackson, Mississippi - December 9, 2005 More than 67,500 Mississippi residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina are now living in 25,000 emergency housing units installed and readied for occupancy by Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) under contract to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

"All of us working on the Katrina relief are thrilled to reach this milestone," said Andy Phelps, BNI's program manager. "Although we are told by federal officials that we are housing people at a rate never before achieved, we continue to keep our focus and work seven days a week to house the remaining victims of Hurricane Katrina."  

Bechtel's work on FEMA's disaster relief efforts is employing nearly 3,000 people, mostly from Mississippi and other Gulf states. To date, 50 percent of Bechtel's subcontracts have been awarded to firms in Mississippi and 62 percent to firms in the Gulf region. Nearly 84 percent of all Bechtel subcontracts have been awarded to small businesses.  

Contractors and suppliers can register at the Bechtel supplier/contractor site. It lists some of the equipment the company may need, and offers instructions on how to register on the database.  

Based in Frederick, Maryland, Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) is a leading provider of services to the U.S. government, specializing in large, complex projects in such areas as defense, space, energy, security, and the environment. BNI is part of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's premier engineering, construction, and project management companies, with experience on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries.