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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obscure Bronx Company Back in the Spotlight

The John Galt Corporation, a northwest Bronx-based company, is back in the news. And again, it's not positive. Federal regulators slapped John Galt and Bovis Lend Lease with 44 safety violations related to their demolition work at the former Deutsche Bank building. They may also face a half million dollars in fines.

John Galt surfaced last summer as the mysteriously inexperienced contractor behind the Deutsche Bank demolition project that erupted into a fire that killed two city firefighters. It was soon revealed that John Galt was collaboration between the Regional Scaffolding and Hoisting Company, a business with offices on Webster Avenue just north of Gun Hill Road (the same offices as John Galt, and former executives from Safeway Environmental Corporation (which has a troubled history with ties to organized crime, according to the New York Times).

John Galt, which hadn't done any demolition work prior to the Deutsche Bank job, was fired from the project soon after the fatal fire. But the job continues to haunt them.


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