DelHur Industries may expand to Richland

RICHLAND -- DelHur Industries, a Hanford subcontractor, may be expanding to Richland.

The Richland Economic and Development Committee will discuss DelHur Industries' future purchase of 10 acres in the city's Horn Rapids Industrial Park at its 4 p.m. Monday meeting.

Gary Ballew, Richland economic development manager, said the construction company plans to add a shop, yard and office on the 10 acres.

DelHur Industries officials could not be reached about their plans.

The committee will discuss the $300,000 purchase and then make a recommendation to the Richland City Council, he said. The council is expected to vote on the sale at its March 16 meeting.

DelHur Industries, which has corporate offices in Port Angeles, has worked on Hanford's massive landfill, called the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, in addition to cleaning up radioactive waste burial grounds near the Columbia River. The company also has offices in Hermiston.

The company built disposal areas, also called cells, at the landfill. It built all but two of the first eight cells, with the last two finished in spring 2009.

DelHur also started excavation for cell 9, the first super cell, without a bidding process for the federal stimulus dollars because the company was already on site and shovel-ready. The super cells will be twice the size of the previous eight disposal areas, at 70 feet deep and measuring 1,000 by 500 feet.

DelHur was hired by Trade-Wind Services of Richland to complete the earthwork on super cell 10 and as one of the subcontractors for the liner for super cells 9 and 10 too.

The company also does mine construction/reclamation, road and heavy construction work, mobile soils processing and environmental remediation, according to its website.

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