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Flintco Role at Airport Grows

No one is suggesting the city’s airport should be renamed Flintco International, but the Tulsa, Okla.-based company’s presence and influence at MEM right now is as prevalent as anyone’s outside FedEx.
The general contractor was awarded yet another construction contract at Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, this one a $1.1 million deal to build a temporary parking lot and security gate on the east side of the airport.
The 800-space lot will be used to replace the existing long-term lot being where a $121 million ground transportation center being built by Flintco is underway. Flintco started that massive project March 1 and is “6.5 percent” finished with the project, which right now involves site and foundation work.
Also, the company is wrapping up its work on the Federal Aviation Administration’s $55 million air traffic control tower – the third tallest in the U.S. and fifth-tallest in the world. The FAA will spend the next year installing equipment in the tower.
The Native American owned company has an advantage when it comes to bidding on contracts at the airport not only because of its construction history at the facility but also because of its strong DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) participation.
DBE is the inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses for subcontracts, a huge priority for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.