Prairie County Project Spawns $2.5 Million Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 12:00 am  

An Army Corps of Engineers project in Prairie County has led to a $2.5 million federal lawsuit.

Randy Kinder Excavating Inc. of Dexter, Mo., blames J.A. Manning Construction Co. of Ashville, Ala., for a number of problems on the Grand Prairie Pump Station project that started in 2010.

Kinder subcontracted Manning to build two retaining walls that would be made of interlocking concrete panels, backfilled and stabilized with stone. Manning provided Kinder with a bond through Granite Re Inc. of Oklahoma City.

Kinder said in its lawsuit that “the Corps noticed deficiencies in the quality of the panels being produced by Manning almost immediately.” Manning tried to correct its work, but the walls never met the Corps standards, the lawsuit said.

In April, Kinder fired Manning. Kinder also blamed Manning’s bond company, Granite, for dragging its feet in fixing the problem. Kinder ended up hiring another company to do the work that Manning had already been paid to do.

Kinder is seeking at least $2.5 million from both Manning and Granite Re for breach of contract and other counts.

Manning and Granite weren’t available for comment Thursday.



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