Once the project has completed the design phase, the buildings will be split into smaller bid packages so that local contractors can be competitive in their bids. Bids are sealed until they are read aloud in a public meeting. At that time, state law says that the district must go with the lowest bid. 

ICS (FJJ) has led planning, design and project management recently for Remer, Deer River, and Hill City. Local contractors participated in these builds.

Deer River Phase 1 & 2:  13 of 22 contracts totaling $4.46 million (55%) were local (within 80 miles) including 2 from Grand Rapids (plus 9 local vendors and service providers, not contracted)
Hill City: 7 of 10 contracts totaling $1.3 million (47%) were local (within 80 miles) including 3 from Grand Rapids (plus 4 local vendors and service providers, not contracted; this will get higher as the project progresses)
Remer:  8 of 17 contracts totaling $10.2 million (54%) were local (within 80 miles) including 1 from Grand Rapids (plus 16 local vendors and service providers, not contracted)

Local Companies Include:
Deer River Schools
  • Hammerlund Construction – Grand Rapids
  • Bruce’s Contracting – Backus
  • Louhi & Kivela Masonry – Hibbing
  • Nelson Roofing – Hibbing
  • Dorholt Tile & Home – Grand Rapids
  • Northern Painting & Drywall – Hibbing
  • AW Kuettel & Son – Duluth
  • Hecimovich Mechanical – Hibbing
  • Hanson Electric – Bemidji
  • Mesabi Glass – Hibbing
  • Wm Schwartz & Sons – Bovey
Hill City Schools
  • Hawk Construction
  • Harbor City Masonry – Duluth
  • Range Cornice & Roofing – Hibbing
  • Dorholt Tile & Home – Grand Rapids
  • Fire Protection Services – Nisswa
  • Hopkins Electric – Grand Rapids
  • Northland Community Schools – Remer
  • Aspen Construction – Hackensack
  • TNT Aggregates – Grand Rapids
  • Harbor City Masonry – Duluth
  • Nelson Roofing – Hibbing
  • Contract Tile & Carpet – Duluth
  • Thyssen Krupp – Duluth
  • Hecimovich Mechanical – Hibbing
  • Holden Electric – Baxter
Northland Community Schools – Remer
  • Aspen Construction – Hackensack
  • TNT Aggregates – Grand Rapids
  • Harbor City Masonry – Duluth
  • Nelson Roofing – Hibbing
  • Contract Tile & Carpet – Duluth
  • Thyssen Krupp – Duluth
  • Hecimovich Mechanical – Hibbing
  • Holden Electric – Baxter