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PHOTO: Kevin Koelling
Steve Williams of Evansville Ironworkers Local 103 prepares crane cables Tuesday morning before attaching them to one of 48 steel cells being placed at the new county jail. A steady stream of trucks pulled into position at the construction site behind the county courthouse that and the following day to deliver the products from Steel Cells of Cornelia, Ga.
Ironworker Local 103’s Mark Williams, left, and Travis Bush of Pauly Jail Building Co., of Indianapolis watch as a cell is placed atop and adjacent to others. Overseeing the work, Bush said trusses, stairs and a mezzanine were to be added to the individual maximum-security and regular four-person cells and expected that part of the overall project to be finished today.
Crane operator Bruce smiley of deAM-RON Building Systems of Owensboro, Ky., moves one of the cells from a flatbed truck to its position in the new incarceration facility. In a meeting Wednesday of the Perry County Redevelopment Authority, Louie Heitkemper said he’d learned in touring the site the prefabricated cells were to save at least four months versus block construction.
John Burkeen of Evansville Ironworkers Local 103 helps guide a cell into position. The company that built them touts “their cost effectiveness, superior durability and improvement in life safety issues” at its Web site.