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Phoenix, AZ: (Nov-21-07) United Fire and Casualty brought charges against the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, after they took over Archon Inc., of Gilbert, a contractor that declared bankruptcy while working on the Mesa airport fire protection system. The fire suppression project began three years ago using old water tanks used by the airport's predecessor, Williams Air Force Base. The project included adding pumps and piping to distribute water to hangars. The project was to have been completed by the end of September 2005, about three months before Archon notified airport officials that the construction company was turning the project over to its bonding company, United Fire. After the insurance firm hired subcontractors to finish the job, leaks were discovered in the system, rendering it incapable of holding pressure.

As part of a settlement reached, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport's governing board agreed to pay United Fire $214,739.26 to resolve the dispute. Sources claimed that the settlement covers costs for additional work that was discovered after United Fire took over the $1.3 million project. [ARIZONA CENTRAL: FIRE PROTECTION]

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Published on Nov-23-07


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