Prominent Alaska Contractor Joins Forces With Local Native Village Corporation
Richard Weldin, an Alaska Native leader and President of Weldin Construction, Inc. and Eklutna Services, LLC., a subsidiary of Eklutna, Inc., have been awarded a $2.2 million contract at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The project involves installation of a new storm drain outfall piping system from its current outfall point, to a new location at the base of the bluff adjacent to the Port of Anchorage. The project is designed to eliminate the erosion issues associated with Gaylor Gulch, and will greatly reduce the amount of sediment entering the Port.
Weldin Construction, Inc., is a well-known Alaska contractor. The company received the AGC’s Excellence in Construction award for the C-17 flight simulator facility on Elmendorf, as well as an Outstanding Performance Evaluation from the Corps of Engineers. An Alaska-based construction firm, the company also performs work throughout the State and has completed projects as far away as Guam, Wake Island, and Johnston Island in the Pacific. Weldin is currently constructing the Professional Military Education building on Elmendorf and is in the design phase of the F-22 Flight Simulator facility.
Richard Weldin of Palmer is an Alaska Native, born and raised in Anchorage. He is also a former president and board member of Ninilchik Natives Association, and a CIRI shareholder.
Eklutna Services, LLC., is a construction subsidiary of Eklutna, Inc., Anchorage’s largest private land owner and local Native Village Corporation within the Cook Inlet Region.
Eklutna Services, LLC., was formed to provide opportunities to Eklutna Shareholders through the Small Business Administration’s minority contracting program. According to Curtis McQueen, Eklutna, Inc.’s CEO, “This is an exciting time for our indigenous people. The Dena’ina once occupied traditional lands now owned by the military. This project brings us full circle as we transition into a modern corporation striving to better the lives of our people, while promoting our culture. Our Corporation will be performing a significant portion of the work, Weldin will be a major subcontractor.”
Eklutna, Inc., Elmendorf and Fort Richardson continue to have a special relationship due to the proximity of Eklutna lands and the sensitivity the military demonstrates towards the Dena’ina culture.
Shareholder hire, economic growth and diversification for shareholders, while providing a competitive resource for the industry closer to the market, are just a few reasons this venture was formed.