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.