Seminar targets workers for MYR expansion project

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The expansion of Myrtle Beach International is slated to pump millions into the Grand Strand economy, and now a specific group of workers will soon have the opportunity to lend a helping hand in the project.

Lauren Morris, spokeswoman for Myrtle Beach International, said a presentation on May 11 has been created for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, woman and minorities interested in participating in the construction.

A brief presentation on the expansion plans and on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise opportunities will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the James R. Frazier Bucksport Community Center and Training Facility in Conway.

Officials reveal the project will ensure all workers will have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts. Contractors will have the chance to help the project reach its 10.7 percent DBE goal.

M.B. Kahn, the construction company at the forefront of Myrtle Beach International's expansion, projects the project will cost $127 million to complete. The terminal expansion was originally slated to cost just under $130 million.

More than 100 local contractors are hoping to lend a helping hand in the project, creating an estimated 400 new jobs in the Grand Strand market.

The new commercial terminal will house five additional gates, which would bring Myrtle Beach International's gate total to 12. With more available space, airport officials hope they can attract new airlines and businesses to the Grand Strand.

Grand Strand leaders are expected to gather on May 17 at 10 a.m. at Myrtle Beach International for an official ground breaking ceremony.

The project is expected to be complete by 2012.

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