Roof Contractor Goes Under

Instead of his roof, a Plattsmouth homeowner feels like he's been ripped off. His insurance company paid a Minnesota-based contractor about $6,000 seven months ago. Homeowner Dave Paulsen said, "For the last seven months all we've gotten from them are excuses."

Actually, a representative for ERC Construction, based in Minnesota, did drop off a few singles and roofing nails that have sat in Paulsen's yard since October. The homeowner hasn't received a roof and he paid an additional $8,000 out of his own pocket for siding, which was completed. Paulsen said he is happy with the workmanship, but he's upset to learn that subcontractor for ERC didn't get paid. Paulsen said, "I'm worried about getting a lien placed on my house."

Although Minnesota-based, ERC Construction had an office in Omaha, the phone has been disconnected.

The Omaha area Better Business Bureau has about a dozen complaints on ERC of Minnesota, most coming in the last couple of months. BBB President Jim Hegarty said ERC isn't responding to the BBB.

A President of ERC, Nate Birkmeier, told Fact Finders that the company has gone under. Birkmeier said, "I'm definitely sorry, but some of their monies are available its just that the bankruptcy trustee will determine who gets what." Birkmeier said there are a couple of reasons why the business failed, but he declined to provide details.

He said bankruptcy should be filed this week. Customers and subcontractors will have to contact the bankruptcy court in Minneapolis for details on what to do next.

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