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Audit: Tire vendor provided substandard retreads to state

Posted October 30, 2014

— Lax oversight from state purchasing agents led to a tire company providing "substandard" retreads to the state Department of Transportation in recent years, according to an audit released Thursday.

The state Division of Purchase and Contract didn't follow its own bidding procedures, allowing Wilson-based White's Tires to raise its prices 30 percent and provide $89,000 worth of retread tires to DOT that didn't meet specifications because a contract wasn't in place between November 2012 and July 2013, state auditors said.

Auditors also said the purchasing agency didn't monitor White's Tires to learn of the substandard tires, improperly leaving it up to DOT to check whether the tires met specifications.

Secretary of Administration Bill Daughtridge, who oversees purchasing, said the agency has been overhauled in recent months, with 23 of the 38 employees being replaced. Contract administration procedures have been updated, and communication has been improved with other state agencies to determine whether there are problems any products or services.

This is the second state audit in eight years targeting White's Tires. In 2006, auditors accused the company of taking advantage of a contract clause to squeeze more than $1 million from the state.

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  • raphael27520 Nov 3, 2014

    Bubba sells defective retreads to the State and Bubba Dem. Representative gets his kickbacks.

    Would be good if WRAL listed the owners of the tire company and the local political hacks involved.
    I wonder Dem. Rep. GK Butterfield has his hand in the cookie jar?

  • raphael27520 Nov 3, 2014

    Good Ol' NC Democrat Corruption.
    Bubba sells defective retreads to the State and Bubba Dem. Representative gets his kickbacks.

    Would be good if WRAL listed the owners of the tire company and the Dem. Rep. GK Butterfield has his hand in the cookie jar?

  • sandtaxedenoughalready Nov 2, 2014

    This is why we do not need the state office of purchase and contract. State agencies can just look for the best prices on the private market. Supposedly abolishing the office of purchase and contract was going to be one of McCrory's initiatives. It doesn't make sense to state employees when they have to search through contracts to pay a higher price when it is likely the only reason a business got the statewide contract was greasing the political wheel at some level.

  • Mike Welsch Nov 1, 2014
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    I'm wondering who the "good ol' boy" is at the bottom of this one?!?!

  • disgusted2010 Oct 31, 2014

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    I wonder how much money the company has contributed to political campaigns. Maybe if there were some real investigative reporters left this could be looked into.

  • btneast Oct 31, 2014

    the rubber they developed years ago that doesn't wear down! You know a Tire that would last for the life of the car... What? If there was such a thing, which I doubt, the traction would be zero. The harder the tire compound( rubber), the less traction the tire has.

  • Michael Hart Oct 31, 2014
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    maybe you should ask the big bad Job creators about the rubber they developed years ago that doesn't wear down! You know a Tire that would last for the life of the car..... then you wouldn't have these Mom and Pop's selling sub-standard tires! Just my two cents!

  • foodstamptrader Oct 31, 2014

    And yet they keep sending these criminals orders? I wonder why so many don't want to pay more taxes to fund all these wonderfully administered government programs?

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 31, 2014

    For some of those price and how they're used, they would saved money buying new tires. The state really should look at banning the use of retreads tires on all large trucks. These things fly apart, damage cars, create litter how the road ways that someone has to pick up. I've yet to see a truck stop, go back and pick up the rubber that has flown off . Look at what it cost the state to send crews down the highway to pick these things up off the side and middle of roads. The companies that use them talk about cost and how it save the consumer money, but the bottom line is, it don't , it cost consumers in damage, litter and other cost. The life of our citizens is worth more.

  • lec02572 Oct 31, 2014

    Cut the contract to White's Tires completel. Why continue with a company that has jacked up the state for millions?

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