By John Lee.
Texas Aquatic Harvesting Inc., an aquatic vegetation removal company, is reportedly working on a $2-million (2.3 billion Iraqi dinar) deal with the Iraqi government for 10 tiger cutters.
Tiger cutters are 21-foot-long vessels that clear waterways using a pair of blades affixed to their front to shred overgrown vegetation.
The company employs about 50 people, and according to owner Jim Vaughan, this is the biggest international sale they've ever had.
Vaughan, who founded the company in 1995, told The Ledger, "this job put 15 guys to work for six months," adding, "the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have a big vegetation problem where they get clogged up, and the people can't use the river systems and the tributaries to those rivers."
For the company's latest contract, seven delegates from Iraq traveled to Florida to see a tiger cutter in action; Vaughan is hoping for some repeat business. "There's nothing official, but from what I understand, they're ready to put another order in," he said.
(Source: The Ledger)