Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber has been subpoenaed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reports. The national construction supplier is asked to provide company documents as well as appear in Baton Rouge, La. for an Aug. 20 hearing.
In question is how the building supply company handled federal contracts to rebuild two schools and a fire station following Hurricane Katrina.
According to NOLA.com, Contractors Addie Mills and Maurice Hurst say 84 Lumber promised to obtain construction bonds on their behalf, but problems with those transactions sank the FEMA-funded projects they had landed. “84 Lumber ultimately attempted to take over the minority contractors’ business,” attorney La Koshia Roberts told the Post-Gazette.
Jeff Nobers, vice president and public relations officer at 84 Lumber, released the following statement to the Post-Gazette:
“84 Lumber is in the process of responding to the subpoenas issued by the Louisiana state licensing board of construction. We treat these matters as we do litigation, and in fact they are the subject of litigation at the present time. As policy we do not comment on litigation. 84 Lumber is confident in our position as it relates to these issues and has every belief that we will be successful as they are resolved.”