Emily Weaver/News A Mount Vernon Police officer keeps a watch at PACS Industries on Thursday. American Electric Power asked for the security after a temporary restraining order was issued Wednesday against PACS.

Emily Weaver/News A Mount Vernon Police officer keeps a watch at PACS Industries on Thursday. American Electric Power asked for the security after a temporary restraining order was issued Wednesday against PACS. Buy Now

 


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MOUNT VERNON — American Electric Power Service Corp. and Indiana Michigan Power Co. were issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday against PACS Industries Inc. The electric companies said the switchgear manufacturer is in “multiple breaches of contract” for failing to fulfill a purchase order for Power Distribution Centers by the Feb. 11, 2014, delivery date. The suit further alleges PACS is “holding hostage” structures that are “essential to [AEP]’s completion of a nine-figure construction project designed to further [AEP]’s goals and obligations to protect the environment while delivering affordable, reliable electricity.”

According to the lawsuit, AEP states the contract allows AEP to take possession of the supplies and equipment to complete the work. The order, signed by Judge Otho Eyster, orders PACS to permit AEP access to the facility and its property in order to complete the work.

Emily Weaver, News staff reporter, contributed to this story.

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