Deal in works to hire new plumbing contractor for Music City Center

Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 12:11pm

Nashville’s Convention Center Authority is poised to enter into an agreement with Kansas City, Mo.-based Foley Co. to carry out plumbing and other mechanical work during construction of the $585 million Music City Center.

Paperwork to finalize the deal will formally be presented to authority members today, project director Gary Schalmo told The City Paper following this morning’s authority meeting.

Awarding the contract comes nearly two months after the authority backed out on a $50.2 million agreement with Orlando, Fla.-based Nash Inc./W.R. Nash after learning the joint venture wasn’t licensed to work in Tennessee.

Schalmo declined to reveal the financial sum that will be written into the new contract with Foley Co., but said it would be in the “same realm” as the previous $50.2 million.

Holly McCall, spokeswoman for the authority, said the mechanical/plumbing package is one of the five largest contracts that will be awarded for the convention center project.

6 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 8/5/10 at 1:55

shocking. I just new that a local firm would get at least one of the major contracts. Guess they will jsut have to keep waiting for the scraps to fall from the table.

I guess that the out-of-town contractors will not be exempt from paying the visitor taxes. They will have to be required to stay in hotels and rent from local rental car offices instead of staying in apartments and houses and driving their own vehicles.

Still waiting for the 3,000 local jobs to spring up for three years, just like we were promised.

By: producer2 on 8/5/10 at 1:59

I am sure you were involved in the bidding process. That has to be the reason you are so sure that:
A. A local , qualified company bid
B. A local qualified company gave a bid that monetarily made sense.

It has already been reported that over 70% of those working on site are local hires.

By: morpheus120 on 8/5/10 at 5:25

Well, producer2, maybe the Dean Administration and the other boosters for the MCC shouldn't have run around promising contracts and jobs to everyone in exchange for votes.

And no, there is no "report" about 70% of workers on the site are locals. If so, let's see your evidence - and no, a fluffy press release from the Mayor's spin room doesn't count.

Seriously, what kind of an idiot still defends the MCC? It's downgraded the city's bond rating and the local jobs and minority business contracts haven't appeared just like this story and others have said over the last three months. You better pray that they don't want us to pay for a hotel because you're looking at another $100 million that taxpayers are on the hook for.

By: producer2 on 8/6/10 at 6:28

This idiot along with the literally thousands more who support and are positive about Nashville's future.
Here is a link from local IBEW 429 about their role in labor for the MCC:

Here is a link about the pour this past week and who supplied the materials, etc.

Anyone who expects 100% of all labor to be local is not living in the real world. There are a variety of reasons and needs that companies will have in bringing in out of town folks for specific jobs. Lets face it if you were a business person with a bottom line, would rather hire local and not have the travel expense? Of course you would, so I think it would be fair to say that any outside labor force is here for a reason.

By: budlight on 8/6/10 at 8:08

Producer2 the mayor, his lord and master, said the hires would be local. BUT my husband worked for 20 years for a company based in Pittsburgh; they sent their foreman and crew to every job they bid and won. In 20 years, my husband worked in 44 states. THE travel time and expense is built into the bid.

So your statement: "Lets face it if you were a business person with a bottom line, would rather hire local and not have the travel expense? Of course you would, so I think it would be fair to say that any outside labor force is here for a reason." is not totally correct.

With TN unemployment, yes, we were told, and expected that local talent and labor would be hired.

By: gfgron on 8/6/10 at 2:36

It's all about the money. The out of state contractor is less money than the local contractors. I believe they would like to buy from local contractors, but they don't want to pay the extra money.