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Galveston, Texas in its glory days. It is currently home to SLSCO.

Little information is available on this company, SLSCO, because it’s private, though it feeds at the taxpayer trough, including the silly wall. Walls and fences can be crawled over and dug under. Even as would-be immigrants were recently filmed climbing over an existing wall, and tunnel under the existing walls, Trump continues to petulantly bleat about the wall. The question remains why.

Are these Sullivans related to Trump’s Sullivan teamster friend? With virtually no information on this company and its owners, we can only observe that the company engages in sectors of the economy which are traditionally connected to the mob. This can occur on the level of subcontractors, however. We will probably not be able to know who the subcontractors-suppliers are, because it is private.

We find no large financial donations/financial ties to Trump, but they may still be there, hidden because the company is private, or in the subcontracts.

Who is providing the steel? Russian Evraz? Who the concrete?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evraz
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/roman-abramovich-russian-oligarch-putin-friend-owner-of-evraz-maker-of-keystone-xl-dakota-access-pipes/
[Update note 2: The above about Evraz is a question, not a statement.]

SLSCO is located in Galveston, which, like many lovely places, has had mafia connections: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Maceo And, there used to be a (documented) Irish-American mafia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Mob

After 5 minutes of watching a generic Trump documentary, Trump’s mob connections were clear, simply because the construction industry in New York was infiltrated by the mob, and probably still is. The most vicious is the Russian mafia.

For Trump, one need only start with the hypothesis and investigative journalists have fleshed out the facts. Not so with the Sullivan Brothers, where virtually nothing is written. They have gotten government contracts in Puerto Rico, post Hurricane Maria. It is possible that the brothers are unwittingly being used by mafia interests. And, maybe they are just lucky bros. The problem is that we don’t know. Any company getting US government contracts, should be required to put all company information into the public sphere, as well as that of subcontractors-suppliers. Far more alarming: we don’t even know who is really behind nuclear waste contractors Holtec, nor Energy Solutions, because they are private. And, yet they handle nuclear waste.

Who are the Sullivan Brothers of Sullivan Interests? Todd P, who is over Texas International Terminals; John R., who is over Sullivan Brother Builders and Callan Marine; William W. (aka Billy), who is President of SLSCO Ltd.

What are the companies which comprise Sullivan Interests? Callan Marine, DRC Emergency Services, Energy Guard Foam Insulators, GCC Bunkers, SLS (SLSCO), Sullivan Brothers Builders, Texas International Terminals.

Border Wall Contract Award in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Release Date:
November 14, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct approximately eight miles of levee wall system in the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, funded with CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations.  The contract for this project, referred to by CBP as RGV-02, was awarded on November 11, 2018, to SLSCO in the amount of approximately $167M.  Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019.

The RGV-02 project consists of five segments located south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes, Texas within Hidalgo County. This project includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure including a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18-foot tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150-foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately eight miles of levee wall system.  The levee wall system will include detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel to the levee wall.

The RGV Sector remains an area of high illegal cross border activity.  In FY 2017, USBP apprehended over 137,000 illegal aliens, and seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,192 pounds of cocaine in the RGV Sector.  Once constructed, this levee wall system will serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organizations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP.

CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously  plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
Last modified:
November 14, 2018
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https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/border-wall-contract-award-rio-grande-valley-texas

Border Wall Contract Awards in California
Release Date:
December 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct up to 14 miles of secondary wall and up to 15 miles of primary pedestrian replacement wall in California within the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) San Diego, Yuma, and El Centro Sectors. The contract was awarded on December 20, 2018 to SLSCO Ltd. using CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations. The total contract value, including options, is approximately $287 million.

Construction for the San Diego secondary is anticipated to begin in February 2019 and construction for the primary pedestrian replacement wall is anticipated to begin in July 2019.

The contract award includes approximately $156 million for the primary pedestrian replacement wall project, including approximately $68 million in the contract base and approximately $88 million in unawarded options. The primary pedestrian replacement wall project will include replacement of various outdated designs with new 30 ft. tall steel bollard wall. The approximately 15 miles supported in the contract base and options include approximately 11 miles in Calexico, approximately three miles in Tecate, and approximately one mile in Andrade, California.  These locations represent the top operational priorities for replacement for the USBP and will improve each respective Sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.

The contract award includes approximately $131 million for the secondary wall project, including approximately $101 million in the contract base and approximately $30 million in unawarded options. The secondary wall project will include the replacement of existing secondary barrier with a 30 ft. tall steel bollard wall.  This project is adjacent to the San Diego primary fence replacement project that is currently under construction. These two important barriers, in combination with a patrol road and technology, create an enforcement zone for the USBP as part of the border wall system.  Given the high-density population in San Diego-Tijuana urban area, the stronger infrastructure is critically important.

CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously  plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
Last modified:
December 21, 2018
Tags:
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Border Security
Construction Projects
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/border-wall-contract-awards-california

Update: “Contracts for April 9, 2019 ARMY: SLSCO Ltd., Galveston, Texas, was awarded a $789,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for border replacement wall construction. Nine bids were solicited with six bids received. Work will be performed in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $388,999,999 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (W912PP-19-C-0018)“. http://web.archive.org/web/20190410183013/https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1809986/

Please note that the purpose of this post is to point out the need for transparency in relation to private companies which do business with the United States government. In the UK, to our understanding, transparency is required for companies getting public contracts. Although we hope it is already clear, we wish to clarify that this post means in no way to suggest any sort of wrongdoing by Sullivan Brothers/SLSCO. Rather it is a call for investigation by journalists and a call for transparency for all government contractors and subcontractors. Note that this post was written because someone raised the question about the wall contracts and we could find no information. Since that time, we have come to believe that the government shutdown is an attempt to get government workers to quit and hence privatize the government, rather than having to do with the wall or wall contracts.

Update note: Since this post, Forbes wrote an article, but it can’t be characterized as investigative journalism of the type needed. Texas has some good investigative journalists who need to step up to the plate.