Read the facts about Sun Pipe and A & B Pipe and Supply as recorded by Florida law
Sun Pipe and Valve, LLC , (holding company shareholder, Enrique Collazo , Global Distribution Industries, Inc), to win more bids from private, governmental and municipal bids, than bids submitted by only one company. Products affected are Anvil, Victaulic, Grinnell among other fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, Mechanical, underground pipe and valves. The true ownership is disguised as a result of the layered corporate structure of the holding co. An unfair advantage exists in conjunction with the original company A & B Pipe and Supply . The second company, Sun Pipe and Valve, LLC was cleverly disguised as being wholly owned by a shell company, Global Distribution Industries, Inc. Sun Pipe and Valve LLC enables the positioning of products above the level playing field which competitors work, regarding the bidding process of municipal, private and governmental bidding awards. The addition of the shell company allowed the shareholders of all companies to prosper from duplicated and seemingly separately submitted bids which are more likely to be won by company A or company B. Either way The mutual shareholders, including Enrique Collazo , of all companies: Sun Pipe & Valve and A&B Pipe and Supply, LLC wins when one of the two company's are awarded a purchasing bid. According to The state of Florida website, all these facts can be verified by visiting http://www.sunbiz.org/ to confirm ownership of each business name.
The bottom line is that the public loses a competitive environment as a result on one ultimate entity being in control of the bid proposals of two (seemingly separate) companies. Obviously the appearance or impropriety and collusion is presented from the clear conflict of interest as a result of that one ultimate entity potentially and unfairly dominating the bidding process to favor either company under their control. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]-->
Clear Conflict of Interest The sister company, A&B Pipe and Supply and Sun Pipe and Valve are both controlled by the same majority share holders. Both companies can bid on the same projects for pipes, valves and fittings for specified components that are being bid in good faith by unwitting competitive suppliers. Obviously an unfair advantage and the potential for collusion exists by this unethical and seriously flawed situation. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]-->
Potential jeopardy to the public By having two (seemingly) separate bidding entities to bid on the same governmental or privately requested bids, the process may be rigged to favor either company above all competitors. The contract may potentially be won by one or both of the two companies. The public loses due to the flawed and contrived entities not being on a level playing field within the bidding process. It appears this may corrupt the bidding process by being unfair and detrimental to other bidders acting in good faith and potentially drive ultimate prices higher due to manipulation of bidding prices from the both companies. This certainly appears to not be in the best interest of the public trust and invites the perception of a deceptive, unethical and perhaps even illegal process. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--> <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]-->