Muskogee highway contractor George Paul Glover pleaded no contest in early 2007 to conspiring to use prohibited road material and intimidating a state grand jury witness. His actions prompted the state to suspend him and his company, Glover Construction Co., from bidding on state road projects. Within months of Glover’s suspension, his son, Craig Glover, formed a new company called Glover & Associates. The new company operates out of the same Muskogee business office and has since been awarded more than $35 million in Oklahoma road contracts. Two of those projects involve federal stimulus dollars totaling more than $2.7 million. Craig Glover, 35, said Glover & Associates is his company and operates independently of Glover Construction Co. Craig said he wasn’t working for his dad’s company when it ran into problems. "That had nothing to do with me,” Craig Glover said. "It’s totally separate. That’s his stand-alone deal and this is my stand-alone deal. There’s no co-mingling.” Craig Glover said he satisfied any concerns government officials might have when he pre-qualified as a bidder with state transportation departments in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, as well as the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Federal Highway Administration and Cherokee Nation. "Everything’s fine,” he said. "My last name’s Glover. I guess that’s about the only — that’s the association you can draw on that,” he said. Craig Glover said his company has completed several projects, including some that involved federal stimulus funds. "There haven’t been any problems,” he said. "I haven’t had one issue. In fact, it’s almost like a love fest with them. It’s been really a pleasure to work with everybody. They just treat me like anybody else.” Glover & Associates has been awarded 20 Oklahoma Department of Transportation projects in 10 counties since the beginning of 2008 and has completed work on 10 of them. Two of the projects involve stimulus funds — an Interstate 40 asphalt resurfacing project in Sequoyah and Muskogee counties and an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. 270B in Hughes County. Norman Hill, general counsel for the state Transportation Department, said highway transportation work done by Glover & Associates has been regularly inspected by state transportation employees and outside contract supervisors. "Thus far there have been no issues with regard to performance other than the normal things we run into with contractors,” Hill said. Hill also noted that legal documents indicate Craig Glover’s dad has no involvement with the new company. Meanwhile, legal action is pending regarding the highway department’s decision to suspend George Paul Glover and Glover Construction Co. from bidding on state highway projects. George Paul Glover filed a lawsuit in Muskogee County and successfully persuaded a judge to lift the bidding ban. The highway department appealed, however, and the suspension remains in place until the Oklahoma State Supreme Court resolves the dispute, Hill said. The Oklahoman’s Watchdog Team: Looking out for you. Visit NewsOK.com/watchdog.