Contractors lose suits, then licenses

  • Updated: May 21, 2011 - 5:56 PM

Providing false information on applications and failing to pay up after losing lawsuits were some of the recent transgressions by building contractors whose licenses were yanked by the state.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry revoked 11 residential building contractor licenses in the first quarter of 2011, fewer than half the revocations in the previous quarter. Total disciplinary actions were down as well: 50 in the first quarter of 2011 vs. 76 the previous quarter.

Following are the businesses whose licenses were revoked in the first quarter of 2011.

M&S Exteriors, Inc., and Shawn P. Caron, Fridley, $10,000 fine

A supplier won a $182,372 judgment against the business last year. M&S Exteriors failed to follow a payment plan and in January, according to the state, "refused to remit payment."

Metro Roofing and Construction Corp. and Ronald and Steven Lucas, Dayton, $6,500 fine

The company failed to notify the department of civil judgments entered against it for failing to pay a supplier and for shoddy workmanship on a house in St. Michael.

The company held itself out as a contractor after its license expired.

Midwest Vinyl Systems, Inc., doing business as All Decked Out, St. Croix Falls, Wis., $5,000 fine

The company failed to notify the state of a $30,733 judgment entered against it and had not paid the judgment more than two months after the decision.

Tacheny Roofing, Inc., doing business as Pete Tacheny Roofing and Siding, Inc., and Peter J. Tacheny, St. Paul, $5,000 fine

The company failed to notify the state of a $77,457 judgment it owed a supplier. The supplier told the state that it hadn't received payment a year after the decision.

Fair Market Homes, Inc., and Steven Forsberg, Elena Manley and Sara Manley, Burnsville ($20,000 fine was stayed)

The company conducted business on a suspended license, provided false information on documents and failed to cooperate with state inquiries or comply with a stop work order.

Loyear Construction Services, Inc., doing business as Loyear Restoration Services, Inc., and John S. Loyear, Minneapolis ($20,000 fine was stayed)

Loyear offered contractor services after his license was suspended in 2008 for failing to pay a civil judgment to a subcontractor. Several more judgments have since been entered against him.

Direct Exteriors, Inc., and Michael J. McAlpin, Maple Grove ($10,000 fine was stayed)

The company took down payments from about a dozen homeowners but didn't complete the work. McAlpin told the state he spent some money on a new company building and said a portion was embezzled by an employee.

Majestic Renovations, Inc., and Todd A. Jacobson, St. Louis Park ($5,000 fine was stayed)

Majestic Renovations failed to pay a $7,500 judgment. Whistleblower reported March 8 that the Department of Commerce took action against Jacobson for offering unlicensed loan modification services and charging customers for services he didn't provide.

Darrin Thompson Construction, LLC, Shakopee ($5,000 fine was stayed)

Darrin Thompson, the company's qualifying person, failed to disclose his ownership in Bakken Homes, Inc., a business whose contractor license was revoked in 2009, and the civil judgments against him.

Wise Earth, LLC, doing business as Hand and Hammer Craftsman Construction, St. Paul ($2,000 fine was stayed)

Owner Nathan Grand allowed two people to use his license after theirs was revoked.

CMF Construction Co., Robbinsdale

Ice dams formed on a Minnetonka house after CMF installed new soffit and fascia over old material. In 2010, a supplier obtained two civil judgments against CMF.

Hard Data digs into public records and puts a spotlight on rule breakers in Minnesota. Contact me at jfriedmann@startribune.com.

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