Federal agents at Champaign roofing company

Federal agents at Champaign roofing company

CHAMPAIGN — Federal agents blocked the entrance and exit to Gire Roofing on Wednesday, turning away visitors and declining to talk to the media.

Sharon Paul, spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney's Central District of Illinois said she could not confirm or deny an investigation. No charges or federal court documents had been filed as of Wednesday.

Gire Roofing was established in 1991 by Ed Gire Jr. and was based for many years in Villa Grove. The business relocated to Champaign several years ago and most recently had been operating out of the former Proviant Technologies building on North Hensley Road in rural Champaign.

Several unmarked Chevrolet Suburbans were at the office building mid-day Wednesday. Nearly a dozen other cars, including Gire Roofing trucks, were parked at the site.

The company has been the subject of several state and federal investigations and has faced some financial difficulties. Gire Roofing and Ed Gire Jr. filed for bankruptcy in 2011. The Illinois Department of Labor investigated Gire for violating the Prevailing Wage Act, which requires contractors to pay employees the prevailing wage on public works projects. That landed Gire on the department's list of debarred contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Gire for six safety violations, such as failing to provide fall protection for workers. The company was fined $144,100.

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moderndaycowboy wrote on May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Shocking. Who didn't see this coming?

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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One green card for every 25 employees: Eventually, the strategy backfires.

EdRyan wrote on May 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Bad things happen if you don't remit your payroll taxes for example.

welive wrote on May 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Maybe it was for ?

Bulldogmojo wrote on June 01, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Maybe, the ol' roofing repair vs. replacement percentage tax deduction receipt scam.

and some companies advertise roofing work with an expired certification on their website

Guess they can represent whatever they want to in the roofing business

Mike Hartnett wrote on June 02, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Dear Bulldogmojo thank you for pointing out that the roofing license on our website was expired. I would like to assure you and everyone else who reads this that our license is current, has never lapsed and does not expire until 6-30-15. While out making an honest living we failed to update the license on our website. This will be done promptly(News-Gazette does our website).


Michael J Hartnett Jr 

Owner of Constructive Ideas

asparagus wrote on June 02, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Mike.

Just fix your roof.

No one cares about the license on your website.

We understand. Just keep us safe.


Gourmet wrote on June 03, 2014 at 9:06 am

Well actually that was one construction service I passed over hiring for some work I wanted done on my kitchen because the info on his website seemed out of date and bad reviews on Angies list service.

How a business presents itself in it's first impressions to consumers like myself who inform themselves before spending money do matter.