Local construction continues with safety protocols in place

April 7, 2020

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The city’s leadership hosted a Community Chat with Mayor Eric Niemann tonight through videoconferencing. Besides the mayor, City Manager Chris Workman was also on hand to answer any questions. At a point in the meeting when Niemann and Workman were taking questions, I threw out a couple of questions, including the status of local developments in town. For example, Millpond Crossing construction workers have continued to build houses - and that’s allowed under the governor’s order - but I wondered if any precautions were in place.

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Willemen Infra

WILLEMEN INFRA masters all aspects of road construction. We have not only the operational works, but also all supporting services under our own management: laboratories, study services, maintenance services, surveyors, signage, etc. We are also strongly represented in the port and the petrochemical industry. With our five asphalt production plants and three concrete plants, we are also one of the most important producers of asphalt and road concrete.

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Willemen Infra

WILLEMEN INFRA masters all aspects of road construction. We have not only the operational works, but also all supporting services under our own management: laboratories, study services, maintenance services, surveyors, signage, etc. We are also strongly represented in the port and the petrochemical industry. With our five asphalt production plants and three concrete plants, we are also one of the most important producers of asphalt and road concrete.

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