Statement by Public Warehousing Co. (PWC) Concerning Indictment Announcement

Published November 17th, 2009 - 10:52 GMT

PWC has for some time worked with the government to seek a mutually agreeable resolution to this contract dispute and is surprised and disappointed that the government has decided to take this action.

The company has been the principal food supplier for the U.S. military in Kuwait and Iraq since 2003. The prices it charges have been negotiated with, agreed to, and continually approved as by the U.S. government since then. The government has consistently found PWC's prices to be fair and reasonable.

Since 2006, the company's "fill rates" - the number of cases of food accepted compared with the number ordered - were consistently more than 99 percent, a number that exceeds the fill rates of U.S. domestic service providers. That means that PWC was more successful in delivering food and other items to the military in a hostile war zone than other vendors have been within the safe environs of the continental U.S.

The company has long cooperated with government reviews, inspections, audits and inquiries necessary to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately.

More than 30 PWC employees have been killed and 200 injured carrying out the extremely dangerous work of providing food for U.S. troops in a war zone, primarily in attacks on convoys that have destroyed more than 300 trucks and damaged another 700.

An indictment is merely an allegation. PWC is confident that once these allegations are examined in court, they will be found to be without merit.


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