Oregon Company Low Bidder on Emsworth Dam

by Dan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Business Times

July 27, 2005

An Oregon company is low bidder on a contract to supply emergency bulkheads on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rehabilitation project of the Emsworth Locks and Dams on the Ohio River, ahead of a Pittsburgh company and an Iowa firm.

Oregon Iron Works of Clackamas Ore., submitted a low bid of $2.43 million for work to replace the bulkheads, which raise and lower the sluice gate on the dam. Sauer Inc. of Lawrenceville submitted a bid of $2.996 million for the work and Johnson Machine Works, Inc. of Chariton, Iowa submitted a bid of $2.997 million. The bids were opened Tuesday.

Work rehabilitating the dam’s gate and mechanical and electrical systems is estimated to cost between $10 million and $25 million according to staff members in the Pittsburgh District office of the Corps.

Bid solicitation for the work to replace the dam’s machinery and electrical system are going out Friday.

Cindy Smith, a contracts staff member with the Corps., said the Corps has until Sept. 30 to investigate the legitimacy of the bids for the bulkhead work and award a contract.

Pittsburgh District staff member Arlene Bigger said bids for the majority of the rehabilitation work will be opened Sept. 7.