Contractor Suspended for Buy America Violations
On March 31, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration suspended and proposed debarment of Paul Hunt Rose, general manager of Hercules Customs Iron, in Walkersville, Maryland, for altering a steel certification document.
Rose admitted he altered the certification to state that foreign steel used on the federally-funded Intercounty Connector (ICC) Project in Maryland was manufactured in the U.S. when it was not. Rose took a legitimate certification document, and using his home computer changed information so it would appear that the appropriate type of American-made steel was used on the project. After making these changes, Rose gave the fraudulent certification to Hercules Fence of Maryland, LLC, a subcontractor on the ICC Project.