North Charleston’s Hawthorne wins fueling job at Fort Bliss in Texas

Hawthorne Services was sold to Louis Berger Group in late 2012.

A North Charleston-based company has landed a $21.6 million government contract to build, operate and maintain military fueling facilities at Fort Bliss in Texas.

Hawthorne Services Inc. said in a written statement Tuesday that construction is scheduled to start in July, with an estimated completion date of February 2016.

The contract is with the federal Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which the Fain Street company said it has been working with since the late 1990s. The operations and maintenance portion of the job runs for 19 years.

The contract calls for Hawthorne to build two bulk and retail service fuel facilities that will be owned and operated by private contractors. Also, it will run four government-owned retail and aviation refueling stations at the big military installation.

Fort Bliss is near El Paso and is home to 32,000 soldiers. It covers 1.1 million acres, makign it larger than the state of Rhode Island. It hosts the 1st Armored Division, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” the Air Defense Artillery Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and Joint Task Force North.

Hawthorne was founded in 1932 to provide fuel services at 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.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.