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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District has announced its plans for dredging that will take place this fall at harbors in Michigan on Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

The Corps said a $334,000 contract with Sault Ste. Marie-based MCM Marine Inc. will dredge Lexington Harbor in Sanilac County along Lake Huron.

A Muskegon-based company, Great Lakes Dock & Materials LLC, will dredge Big Bay Harbor and Lac La Belle Harbor along Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, on a contract worth approximately $283,000.

Work on the projects is expected to be completed by mid-November.

Joe Bailey, who owns Great Lakes Dock and Materials in partnership with his father, George Bailey, said the de-funding of the federal government by Congress has not slowed down their contract, “but definitely has an impact.”

He said many government employees involved with the Corps’ Great Lakes dredging “are not working,” but “key personnel” are on the job “so we can keep the job moving forward.”

Surveyors are on furlough but are called back to work when required, he added, “so it really hasn’t affected the contract,” at this point.

Bailey said about seven people are employed by his company on the two dredging projects.

Great Lakes Dock and Materials is a marine construction company formed in 1973 by John Bultema II and George Bailey. The company said it supplies a total line of marine services.

In 2001, it was awarded the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Civil Works Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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