The state of Missouri is telling three St. Louis contracting firms they cannot bid on a $30 million project to repair the state capitol, while allowing four out of state firms to compete for the job.
"It stings pretty bad," says Dan Staat of Staat Tuckpointing in south St. Louis County.
Staat's company has done restorative work at the Chase Park Plaza, at the Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis and even worked on the steps of the state capitol last year.
"We deal with the same sort of stone the capitol is made of on a day in and day out basis," Staat says.
The other two firms rejected from submitting bids are Heitkamp Masonry in Ellisville and Superior Waterproofing and Restoration in St. Louis.
Of the four firms accepted by the state, three are in the Chicago area, and one is headquartered in Michigan and maintains a Kansas City address.
"I think this is an outrage," State Representative Bob Burns (D) of South County told News 4. "What about Missouri first?"
A spokesman for Governor Eric Greitens says the governor is not involved in the selection process.
The state Office of Administration did respond by email saying the four firms accepted met their qualifications.
Dan Staat says the state still hasn't given him a detailed reason as to why his company was rejected. All he knows is that his 100 Missouri workers won't have a shot at working on the state capitol project.
"Not a lot of it makes sense at all," Staat says.
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