Tampa business wants to help build border wall

Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 19:07:37-04

The border wall is one of President Trump's big promises, and now the US government is gathering proposals from companies wanting to build it.

At least three Bay Area companies have formally filed interest submissions with the feds. One of those companies is here in Tampa.  

Concrete Impressions Temple Terrace builds the walls you drive by everyday. From it's plant off  Hannah Avenue, Concrete Impressions builds sound barrier walls for highways all over Florida and all over the country.

The owner George Southworth believes building the wall is something he's uniquely qualified to do.

"What I do for a living is build walls, for the last 20 years we've built millions upon millions of sound barriers along the side of the interstate," says Southworth, who grew up in Tampa.

But even Southworth himself has his own questions about the wall and how it's going to be built.

"My questions are many. Do we even own a right away along the border? Can I have access to go on somebody's property?" he says.

Southworth says his company would likely be part of a team of wall builders along a border that stretches more than 18-hundred miles across some unforgiving land.

"You take it and put it in the middle of the Sonoran Desert where you have no people, no water, no food, and the logistics get astronomical," notes Southworth.

It's a big project and a big promise...and Southworth's company is up for the challenge.