Specialized Pavement Marking shares $1.5 million fine with 3M

A Tualatin company will join Minneapolis, Minn.-based adhesives manufacturing conglomerate 3M in paying a total of $1.5 million in a settlement to resolve charges the two companies colluded to reduce competition on roadway marking project bids throughout the state of Oregon.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today Specialized Pavement Marking and 3M will pay a combined $750,000 outright, as well as offer $750,000 in credit to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Specialized Pavement Marking was established in Tualatin in 1997, specializing in roadway marking products. In June 2013, the company received a $5,550 penalty ruling from the Department of Environmental Quality for hazardous waste violations at its facility at 11095 S.W. Industrial Way.

The Oregon Department of Justice alleged the two companies used illegal tactics to win bids on highway pavement marking contracts, including that the companies exchanged bid information, allocated projects to each other, and ultimately reduced competitive bidding and offered compromised and less advantageous terms to the state government.

“Reducing competition involving public roadway projects is unacceptable,” Rosenblum said. “Honest competition is crucial to the integrity of the public procurement process.”

The companies deny any wrongdoing.

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