"While providing homes for 10,000 people after just four weeks on the job is a good start for our team, there are still thousands more who need housing," said Andy Phelps, BNI's program manager. "To surmount that challenge, we continue to hire local workers and subcontractors and put more of our employees on the ground to expedite the work."
He added, "Our people are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to place travel trailers and mobile homes, hook up the utilities, and provide safe, quality housing units. Currently about 1,000 people are moving into the units each day," he said.
As of October 6, Mississippi residents had moved into nearly 4,000 units provided by FEMA and Bechtel. Bechtel's work on FEMA's disaster relief efforts is employing more than 1,800 people, mostly from Mississippi and other Gulf states. To date, 60 percent of Bechtel’s subcontracts have been awarded to firms in Mississippi and 79 percent to firms from the Gulf Coast region. Further, 77 percent of Bechtel's subcontracts have been awarded to small businesses, and Bechtel is making every effort to bring on women- and minority-owned firms.
Contractors and suppliers can register at the Bechtel supplier/contractor site (http://supplier.bechtel.com/
). It lists some of the equipment the company may need, and offers instructions on how to register on the database.