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Friday, April 9, 2010

 

San Antonio Construction Jobs Supported By Funding

A new round of funding will help to support San Antonio construction jobs (Click here).



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will award $480,669 in stimulus funding for three Texas companies to perform work at the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center. The funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.



According to the San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio-based SK Quality Custom Builders will receive $335,208 of that funding to build new office space, storage space and research bays at NFHTC's current greenhouse. The greenhouse will then be used to cultivate and conduct research on the endangered Texas wild rice.



SK Quality Custom Builders also will install a new chain link fence along the driveways that lead to the holding house, which will prevent anyone from accidentally falling off the steep embankments. The company will further repair a waste water drain line that is currently blocked.



Kempner-based Seneca Construction Management LLC will receive $130,000 of the funding to replace the air-sourced heating and cooling system in the NFHTC's office and laboratory building. The company also will install new energy-efficient lighting fixtures and rehabilitate the shop building's electrical system.



Houston-based Kimrick Performance Group LLC will receive $15,461 of the funding to increase security at NFHTC's McCarty well pump house. As part of this effort, the company will install more secure doors and take other security measures.



These new projects will surely be welcome news to San Antonio's construction industry. The construction industry has suffered both locally and nationally as a result of the economic downturn, but appears to be picking up in various spots throughout the country.



The San Antonio-New Braunfels area's construction industry employed 44,700 workers during February, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 44,600 workers during January, but an 8.8 percent decrease from last year.

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