Coast Company Awarded Keesler Contract

The federal government has awarded a $22.4 million contract to a local company for improvements at Keesler Air Force Base.

The contract calls for Roy Anderson Corp. of Gulfport to design and build a technical training building and demolish three hangars at the base here by April 2006. It will create more than 70 jobs and will require about 25 subcontractors, according to Mark McDaniel, the company's senior project manager.

Anderson was the main contractor for several local casinos and government offices, and it recently completed the Lockheed Space & Technology Center and three Navy facilities at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

The company has already completed several projects at the Keesler, McDaniel said.