North Charleston fuel servicing business wins Ft. Knox deal

Fort Knox covers 109,000 acres near Lousville in north central Kentucky.

A North Charleston-based company has landed its second long-term large contract this year to build, operate and maintain U.S. Army fueling facilities.

Louis Berger Group’s Hawthorne Services said Monday it was awarded the 19-year job for Fort Knox, Ky., by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy. The contract is valued at $14.8 million, according to a written statement.

The design work for the new fueling hub began in May. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in February.

The contract also call for Hawthorne to run an existing government-owned refueling facility at Godman Army Airfield on Fort Knox.

The 109,000-acre Kentucky defense installation is home of the Army Human Resources Command, Army Cadet Command and the Department of Treasury’s famous Bullion Depository, which has stored the nation’s official gold reserves since 1937.

In April, Hawthorne Services announced it won a similar 19-year contract to build, operate and maintain fueling facilities at Fort Bliss in Texas.

The company traces its roots to a business formed in 1932 to service planes at the old Charleston Municipal Airport. It was sold to Morristown, N.J.-based Louis Berger Group and its Berger Group Holdings in late 2012. Its headquarters remain in North Charleston.