NASHUA - Law Warehouses will press ahead with a court case challenging a decision by the state Liquor Commission to award a $200 million warehouse and transportation contract to Exel of Westerville, Ohio, a division of German-based logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL.
The state Supreme Court on Sept. 25 rejected an appeal by the Nashua-based warehouse company, which had sought an injunction in Superior Court to block the transfer of the contract, effective Nov. 1.
Warehousing and transportation to supply the state liquor stores will now move to a new Exel warehouse in Bow on Nov. 1, as the court case continues.
"The Supreme Court's recent decision not to hear our appeal asking for an injunction has no bearing on our case before the Hillsborough Superior Court, which is scheduled to be heard in May," said Brian Law, president of the company. "We continue to believe that we twice offered the best deal to the state and the people of New Hampshire. We look forward to presenting the numerous facts that support that statement and demonstrate that the state liquor commission violated bidding laws and engaged in unlawful favoritism."
The Liquor Commission and the attorney general maintain the request for proposals, bidding process and bid scoring that led up to the contract award complied with the state's competitive bidding statutes.
Law said Exel has not hired any of the outgoing Law Warehouse employees, opting instead to hire temporary workers at the Bow warehouse. Exel spokesperson Lynn Anderson said the 80 employees at the site were a mix of full-time Exel employees and some hired through a temp agency.
"There are some employees who will be temps, based on seasonal requirements of the business," she said.
"Our 100-plus New Hampshire employees have paid the highest price as a result of unlawful action by the N.H. State Liquor Commission," said Law. "Unfortunately, the German firm Exel has decided, for some inexplicable reason, to hire none of our well-qualified and trained employees, opting instead to hire temps and others without experience in the liquor industry."