Trump’s border wall draws interest from five Georgia firms

Sierra Blanca, Texas - Hudspeth County authorities patrol at the border with Mexico in Hudspeth. The federal government is soliciting interest from businesses who want to help build a wall along the southwest border. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

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Sierra Blanca, Texas - Hudspeth County authorities patrol at the border with Mexico in Hudspeth. The federal government is soliciting interest from businesses who want to help build a wall along the southwest border. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Kelvin King is preparing to submit a proposal today for helping build President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the southwest border.

A former U.S. Air Force contracting officer who owns a small Sandy Springs construction company, King said he sees the controversial project as a business opportunity and would not “let my politics get involved.”

King's company is among more than 200 businesses nationwide that have added their names to a federal online list of vendors interested in competing to design a prototype and build a mock-up for a concrete border wall. The list of interested vendors includes companies that ultimately might not submit bids. Some are seeking subcontracting jobs, while others are monitoring the project for future opportunities.

“Regardless if you like it or not, it is going to go forward, it sounds like,” said King, owner of Osprey Management. “I have no idea or thoughts or influence on where it goes. But right now, it looks real. And if it looks real, we have real ideas.”