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Dock Builder Fights to Stay Afloat During Shutdown

AROUND ARKANSAS -- The government shutdown has one business owner trying to keep his new company afloat.
AROUND ARKANSAS -- The government shutdown has one business owner trying to keep his new company afloat.

"It was a big decision for me to start my own company... and this all happened right when I got started."

Just two weeks after starting his own business, Danny Brown is now working to keep Mid-American Dock Company above water.

"I put that money out there knowing that these contracts were going to come through so, it's putting me in a hardship, it really is... I have welders, laborers, three contract crews, we're just kind of scrounging doing repairs instead of new builds just hoping we get through until I can get these contracts done."

The government shutdown halted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"October 1 they were supposed to start the dock inspections for new builds, and that's not happening... It was a day and a half of me getting started and getting contracts fulfilled and, here I am."

50-percent of Brown's business is on Beaver Lake. This is the season when places like Horseshoe Bend Marina, start construction.

"He would actually have the longest dock on Beaver Lake and then of course for me, building it as a new company, that would be a signature dock... People may start, kind of like Horseshoe, it's like well is this the best time for me to shell out this sort of money for a new dock when the government basically can't even financially hold their own."

Brown said hindsight would be nice right about now. If he had known a government shutdown was in sight, he would have launched his business earlier or waited until the shutdown was over to get started.

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