Mississippi Valley Branch – Supporting the Valley and the Nation


The Silent Auction at the 2015 Annual Meeting was a great success.  Our congratulations are extended to the following successful bidders: Bill Connole – Mike Matheny autographed baseball and book; Tim Orr – handpainted wine glasses and Illinois wine; Jamey Sanders – set of custom designed wine glasses; Jeff Shall – Fender Affinity Series guitar autographed by Motley Crue; Todd Roberts – bottle of 2006 Levy and McClellan wine; Lonnie Dunn – autographed John Grisham book; Tim Orr – Great Escape stay at Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, MS; Todd Roberts – Arkansas Dove Hunt; Tim Orr – ride in a P-51D Mustang World War II airplane; and Tony Zelenka – Weekend Duck Hunting Trip

The Branch is pleased to announce its new Associate Member: INDUSTRIAL FABRICS, INC., 510 O’NEAL LAKE EXTENSION, BATON ROUGE, LA 70819, Phone: (225) 273-9600. The firm is a manufacturer and distributor of geo-technical products to include geotextile fabrics, geo-grids, liner material, silt fence, erosion control, pipe protection and paving products. Mr. Cary S. Goss serves the firm as its President and Point of Contact. The Branch thanks Ms. Phyllis Adams, Phylway Construction, LLC, for recruiting this Associate Member.

During August the AGC Bookstore is offering a 15% discount on the purchase of all Safety Products from safety brochures to OSHA regulations to DVD’s. Help your employees develop a well-rounded knowledge of how to be safe on the jobsite. PROMO CODE= SAFE15

In many European countries Americans have lost their respected status. However, there still remain places where the Europeans still remember the sacrifices of the American soldiers during World War II. These places are typically near American Military Cemeteries (Normandy, France; Hamm, Luxemburg; Florence, Italy, etc.). There is one very special place, Margraten, Netherlands (Holland); a town in the beautiful southern part of Holland with an American Military Cemetery wherein are buried 8,301 American soldiers killed in World War II. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Price, a native of Monroe, Ohio, is buried in this cemetery; he was killed on April 8, 1945. To the residents of Margraten, he is one of “Our Soldiers”. Each grave in the cemetery has been adopted by a local family, business or community organization; there is a waiting list to become caretakers of one of these graves. Pvt. Price’s family has learned about and finally met the Dutch family that visits his grave. The original caretaker was Frans Stevens but the solemn responsibility has passed down through four generations of the family. Now Lucienne Stevens, the granddaughter of Frans, and her son care for Pvt. Price’s grave. My Alabama cousin, Allen Dungan, is buried in this cemetery; he was killed on March 26, 1945. I visited his grave about 25 years ago but I never knew he had a local adopted family. I must try to find out who they are!

The St. Louis District, Corps of Engineers, has issued a Sources Sought Notice under Solicitation No. W912P9-15-Z-0009, for Wood River Upper Cutoff Wall Phase 2. For more information and to view the solicitation visit
The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice is to conduct a market survey to identify interested Contractors within the District area for the work below.
The work statement is construction of approximately 2 continuous sections of shallow cutoff wall totaling approximately 1,170 LF which tie into an existing shallow cutoff wall; degrade levee slope and placement of compacted impervious clay fill is needed.
Interested Parties should submit their response to this notice No Later Than 2:00 p.m., CST, September 10, 2015 to Contracting Division, Attn: Barrietta Killiebrew, St. Louis District, Corps of Engineers, 1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 or by email: No fax response will be accepted.

Bids will be received by the Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, under Solicitation No. W912EE-15-T-0046, September 23, 2015, for Ouachita and Black Rivers, AR and LA, Ouachita River, Caldwell Parish, LA, Columbia L & D, Remote Operations Building. For more information and to view the solicitation visit SBSA
The work consists of constructing Columbia Lock and Dam Remote Operations Building, Metal Building Site. Features include: earthwork; excavation; fill; backfill; reinforced concrete pipe; foundation preparation; soil treatment for termites; crushed stone surface course; metal building; concrete work; masonry work; installation of electrical conduit and plumbing to slab; constructing the complex interior of the building; storm water pollution prevention and environmental protection.

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