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.