City officials probe company headquarters in Spokane, WA
By JOHN B. BRYANThe Wilson Post
The embattled “green technology” business development CoreTech Park announced yesterday the company has selected a well-known Middle Tennessee General Contractor to construct the development.
R.C. Mathews Contractors, a third generation family business that has been building landmark projects in Middle Tennessee for some 70 years, is excited to have been selected to construct the proposed development, according to a news release on Thursday by CoreTech.
“We are proud we will be playing a significant role in the growth of the Middle Tennessee area and the advancement of technology in our industry,” said Walker Mathews, RC Mathews Contractor president.
The announcement of the contractor of the development comes on the heels of the news that two City of Lebanon officials traveled to Spokane, Wash., CoreTech’s home office, to do some “due diligence” about the company and its history.
Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks and City Attorney Andy Wright reportedly made the trip out west in late March in an effort to find answers to questions concerning the legitimacy of the company.
Weeks said about the trip to Spokane, “A decision was made to travel to Spokane, Wash. where CoreTech’s headquarters are reportedly located. Several meetings with law enforcement officials took place and much information was shared and brought back to Lebanon. City Attorney Andy Wright is in possession of any public records and has discussed those with the Mayor. All information gathered and in my possession remains protected.”
Wright told The Wilson Post that he went to Spokane to learn more about the company because CoreTech wants to use the City of Lebanon as its sponsor in applying for Fasttrack Infrastructure Development Program funds from the state. He said the trip was scheduled after questions arose concerning certain addresses used by CoreTech and the backgrounds of some of the officials involved in the company.
“I felt it was in the best interest of our citizens to more thoroughly vet the information provided to the City, County, and State by Greg Quinn, the president of CoreTech Industries, Inc., during his numerous presentations and communications,” Wright said.
While he was there, Wright said he gathered information about a number of lawsuits involving an officer of CoreTech along with information about a lawsuit against CoreTech itself filed in the Superior Court of Washington, Spokane County, about three weeks before traveling there. Wright added that he confirmed the addresses included in the company’s corporate filings from the Nevada Secretary of State’s office. Wright said he also made contact with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane where he and officials shared information with investigators from both offices. The City of Lebanon, he said, has maintained communication with an Assistant Attorney General in the fraud division of the State Attorney General’s Office in Washington since returning to Lebanon.
“My endeavor to conduct due diligence in this matter continues. However, the City of Lebanon maintains and explicitly states that at the current moment, there is no evidence of any kind that CoreTech Industries, Inc., or any of its officers, has committed any wrongdoing,” Wright noted.
According to sources within the City of Lebanon, CoreTech Industries or CoreTech Park or the company’s officers have not purchased any land in Wilson County for the proposed project.
“CoreTech is still coming to Lebanon, and the company has not changed its plans,” Quinn, the company president, told those present at a Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon held Wednesday, April 8.
Questions have arisen in recent weeks regarding whether the company paid corporate taxes and an investigation by the U.S. Senate which involved the company’s CEO.
In response to recent questions, Quinn went on to say that “the tax lien on the company was being taken care of and that CEO Scott Brett was meeting with the tax people as he spoke.”
G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board, was out of the office and unavailable for comment.
CoreTech Industries announced plans to locate its campus near I-40 and South Hartmann Drive in September 2008 as the first in the nation devoted exclusively to development and marketing of green technologies.
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