The Craig Fahle Show

Contractor With Ties To Libya Wins Airport Landscape Deal

Monday, April 28, 2014

Amy Haimerl, Small Business Reporter for Crain's Detroit Business, explains Detroit Metro Airport's 3-year landscaping contract with a business who has contracted for Libya.

Rentokil Initial PLC is the British multi-national company that beat out local landscaper Planterra with a $40,000 cheaper bid. Planterra has held this contract for six years.

Haimerl says this raises the question, "Do we always take the lowest bidder or do we take into consideration a business being local and supporting our homegrown companies? What if one of those entities has ties to a potential terrorist group?" She says the city of Detroit includes language prohibiting slaves in its contracts and that perhaps it is time for them to introduce language including business with terrorist groups.