Colorado Girder Fabricator Wins $43M Order for Texas Interchange Project

Wed February 18, 2004 - West Edition

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (AP) Grand Junction Steel has landed a $3-million order for steel girders for a Texas highway project, and the work is expected to create 50 to 75 new jobs at the company’s local manufacturing plant.

The girders will be used for a new interchange to be built between Interstate10 and Interstate 610 in Houston, said Doug Ames, the company’s controller.

The interchange will contain 14 different bridges, and Grand Junction Steel will produce bridge girders of various sizes, up to 250,000 lbs. (113,398 kg) and 140 ft. (42.6 m) long, Ames said.

The girders’ weight will total about 46.5 million lbs., he said. Fabrication and delivery of the girders will take place over the next three years.

Grand Junction Steel has about 100 employees and will expand to handle the new work. New jobs will be mainly in welding and steel-fitting.

Ames said the project will generate about $5 million in annual payroll income, and Grand Junction Steel will spend an additional $5 million annually on goods and services to be purchased locally.

The project is owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, and Grand Junction Steel was hired by the general contractor, Williams Brothers Construction of Houston, Ames said.