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American Builders Using Cobb County Ties

A group of four construction firms calling itself American Builders is competing for the job to build the Atlanta Braves’ new ballpark, and it’s tapping into the loyalties of Cobb County officials.

Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction, now building the Vikings’ new stadium, and Michigan-based Barton Malow, contractor for Daytona International Speedway’s renovations, joined forces with two Atlanta-based firms, Brasfield & Gorrie and New South Construction.

The group produced a promotional piece that says it has built a combined 335 sports projects, including 51 facilities tied to Populous, the Braves’ architect. All told, the American Builders group says its projects in Atlanta, including sports, are valued at $8.6 billion.

But what’s most interesting is that the piece says that 150 employees across the four firms live in Cobb County, where the Braves have decided to build their $672 million stadium, on a site 12 miles north of Turner Field. The team’s research shows most of its fans reside in Cobb County.

A passage in the American Builders material reads: “This is our home. Beyond working here, it is where our children go to school, our families attend church, shop and dine.”

The piece, printed in red, white and blue, says the team combines 225 years of construction experience as “privately-owned American firms.”

Len Moser, Barton Malow’s Atlanta-based vice president, said this about his group’s name: “Our American Builders 2017 team is proud to be American-owned builders, just like the Atlanta Braves are American-owned and often referred to as America’s Team.”

American Builders’ competition for the project includes Sweden-based Skanska, a construction firm partnering with Clark Construction for the Braves’ job. Skanska in 1994 acquired Beers Construction Co., a firm that built Turner Field and the Georgia Dome.

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