Eight North Carolina companies have registered interest in designing and building the proposed wall that President Donald Trump wants to erect along the U.S.-Mexico border — including a Triad firm.
Barrier1 Systems Inc. of Greensboro, the fourth-fastest-growing company on Triad Business Journal’s 2016 Fast 50 list, appears on the U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s list of “interested vendors.” The company makes anti-terrorism crash-rated vehicle barriers, including those used at nuclear power plants and by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Other companies with a who registered interest with a North Carolina address:
- Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (NYSE: MLM), Raleigh (supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials)
- Vincent Barbour and Co., Cary (commercial real estate firm)
- LaunchLab Ltd., Cary (software company)
- Jenesia1 Inc., Powellsville (mobile communications)
- NKE Inc., Wilmington (new company, incorporated in January 2017)
- RC Ventures Inc., Marble (construction)
- KGR International, Aberdeen (Texas energy company with North Carolina presence)
The 30-foot wall must “meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage,” according to the U.S. government’s presolicitation notice. The first phase of the procurement process is to “acquire and evaluate available wall prototypes and provide some initial construction of some wall segments, but is not intended as the vehicle for the procurement of the total wall solution for the border with Mexico.”