MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The terminal expansion project at Myrtle Beach International airport is estimated to cost close to $130 million dollars; and airport officials say local contractors are poised to reap the rewards.
"It's a huge effort to get the local contracting community involved in the project," said John Clark with M.B. Kahn Construction, the company overseeing the expansion. "The landside development is multi-millions of dollars so even the landscaping for the whole project is sizeable."
Clark says the entire expansion project is massive so it had to broken down into phases. That's why his company is seeking local contractors right now to work on the first phases of the project which involve grading, paving, and landscaping. M.B. Kahn will hold additional meetings for companies interested in working on the terminal interior next week.
"It's a daily thing that we're calling contractors and sending emails notifications of the bids, and following up phone calls," said Clark.
It's an opportunity contractors like Charles Moses with Baldwin Construction say they will not let slip by.
"This is just a blessing that it's finally happening after all these years," said Moses. "It would be a huge impact for not only us but the county and of course filter down throughout the city."
Construction on the first phases of the project is scheduled to begin this fall.