Kimbel Links Leak Detector as Leak Effector in Lawsuit


Kimbel Links Leak Detector as Leak Effector in Lawsuit
Kimbel Mechanical Systems says this Gasoila product caused more leaks than it prevented.

Kimbel Mechanical Systems Inc. of Fayetteville is suing an Ohio manufacturer, alleging that a leak detection product it makes actually has the opposite effect.

Kimbel, led by CEO Dustin Hughes, filed suit in Washington County Circuit Court through attorney Mark Dossett of Kutak Rock in Fayetteville.

Kimbel said it bought Gasoila Leak Tech, a product made by Federal Process Corp. Kimbel does plumbing, electrical and HVAC installation in residential buildings in 22 states across the nation. It employs more than 250 and  was honored by Arkansas Business this year (and last year) as one of the state’s Best Places to Work.

Kimbel bought Leak Tech from Springdale Winnelson Co., which was named a co-defendant. Kimbel said it bought the product between January 2017 and September 2017.

The suit alleges that Leak Tech degrades plumbing pipes and Kimbel has had to replace and repair the damage. Kimbel is asking for more than $75,000 in compensatory, special and consequential damages for “substantial property damage.” Hughes declined comment on the suit, which didn’t specify the extent of Kimbel’s use of Leak Tech in its projects.

Officials from Federal Process Corp. couldn’t be reached for comment. Gabe Burns, an operations manager at Winnelson, declined comment other than to say the company knew of the suit and had been in contact with Federal Process and Kimbel about the Leak Tech issue.