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Construction of new waterline nears completion at Cheatham Lock and Dam

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published June 16, 2014
Jeff Hunt a construction worker with Dakota Meyer Enterprises Inc., spreads and smooths dirt with a back hoe tractor to cover a waterline project at the Cheatham Lock and Dam June 16, 2014.

Jeff Hunt a construction worker with Dakota Meyer Enterprises Inc., spreads and smooths dirt with a back hoe tractor to cover a waterline project at the Cheatham Lock and Dam June 16, 2014.

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (June 16, 2014) – Construction on a project to replace the main water supply lines at the Cheatham Lock and Dam facilities are near completion.

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (June 16, 2014) – Construction on a project to replace the main water supply lines at the Cheatham Lock and Dam facilities are near completion.

Alex Wilson (left) and Brandon Duncon (right),  both construction workers from Dakota Meyer Enterprises Inc.,  spread hay and dirt to cover a waterline project at the Cheatham Lock and Dam entrance June 16, 2014.

Alex Wilson (left) and Brandon Duncon (right), both construction workers from Dakota Meyer Enterprises Inc., spread hay and dirt to cover a waterline project at the Cheatham Lock and Dam entrance June 16, 2014.

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (June 16, 2014) – Construction on a project to replace the main water supply line to the Cheatham Lock and Dam facilities is near completion. 

According to Jimmy Cordell, a construction foreman with Dakota Meyer Enterprises Inc., construction on the two-week project is going well. 

The main scope and task of the project is to replace the existing main waterline, which is four-inch PVC pipe, with a new six-inch PVC pipe running parallel to the old one.  The waterline will service the new resource manager's office, shop and maintenance buildings, Cheatham Lock, Cheatham Powerhouse, and all of the recreation facilities located on the left bank of the Cumberland River by the dam in Cheatham County, Tenn.

“We are laying about 7,400 linear feet of waterline to the Resource Manager’s Office,” said Cordell.  “We are very happy to work with the Corps and we should have the area looking good as new real soon,” he said.

DME replaced and installed associated appurtenances including a fire hydrant, pressure reducers, gate valves, and also seeded the site. 

On May, 2, 2010 the Resource Manager’s office and buildings were destroyed by flooding in the area. This project is part of the restoration of the facilities affected by the flood.

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer is currently the president of DME.  He is a native of Columbia, Ky., and is the first living U.S. Marine in 41 years to earn the honor. 

He recently spoke at a small business training forum in Nashville, Tenn., where he shared his experiences on the battlefield and explained how he is transforming the positive takeaways into civilian life and in business.  

Installing the water line for the Nashville District at Cheatham is the first federal contract for the war hero’s construction company.   

“We are certainly glad to work with the Corps and have the opportunity to come here provide our services, network, and meet so many good people,” said Meyer. “Business is about people and people working together.”

Meyer completed his active duty in 2010 and now serves in the Individual Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Roy Rossignol, Nashville District Small Business Office chief, said Meyer worked with his office to learn more about federal government contracting and the process for seeking opportunity with the Corps of Engineers. 

“His first contract involves the installation of a waterline at Cheatham.  The work is ongoing and Dakota will no doubt continue to bid on future work with us,” Rossignol said.  “The Small Business Office is here to help business owners with learning the process.  I encourage those that have an interest in federal contracts with the Nashville District to call me at 615-736-7569 and I’ll help get them more information.”

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