CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State officials will re-bid a statewide toilet paper contract after one company raised a stink over the contract going to a higher bidder.
The contract, which received bids ranging from $458,000 to $1.5 million, is to supply agencies across the state with toilet paper, dispensers and other sanitary paper products.
The state Division of Purchasing awarded the contract on Aug. 7 to Liberty Distributors of Tridelphia, the incumbent contract holder.
A week later, JanPak filed a protest letter arguing the state skipped over it and wasted $95,000.
JanPak, based in North Carolina, has an office in Huntington.
"After careful evaluation based on competitive pricing we see that the results clearly identify JanPak as the low cost provider of items specified on your bid," JanPak vice president Keith Jones wrote to purchasing director David Tincher.
"Therefore we would like to file an official protest of this award based upon JanPak saving the State of WV close to $95,000 on the exact same items, and brands awarded."
The state spent two weeks reviewing the contract before concluding it had made an error.
"Your protest triggered an intensive review of the specifications, cost sheet and award criteria," assistant purchasing director W. Michael Sheets wrote to Jones on Aug. 31.