A Beaufort electrical company says it still awaits payment for work done this spring for a business that wanted to bring a jellyfish processing operation to the area.
Quality Electrical Systems of Beaufort says it is owed $1,326 by Millenarian Trading Co. for wiring at the town of Port Royal shrimp docks. The work was done for the equipment used in a demonstration of the jellyfish operation for local officials.
QES president Gray Tomlinson said the first invoice went out April 17. The company has been fighting to get it paid and recently threatened legal action, he said.
"We've bent over backwards to accommodate him," Tomlinson said of Millenarian representative Steven Giese. "... He claims that the investors he had backed out on the deal; he's going to pay on it himself."
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Giese said he is making payments on the company's bill because it's the right thing to do, and he wants to preserve his reputation. He said he started with $150 last week, which Tomlinson confirmed Giese paid with his personal credit card.
However, Giese says that is only a temporary fix, and he expects Millenarian to pay the bill soon and reimburse him.
Giese said all other bills for the demonstration and work in the winter and spring have been paid to other local companies. QES did some wiring work, along with another electrical company that could not be reached for comment. Other expenses include planning, legal documents and labor.
Giese, as a representative of Millenarian, was trying to broker a deal to operate a jellyfish and seafood processing operation in Beaufort County. Port Royal officials had hoped the operation could be a financial lifeline for the shrimp docks. Their enthusiasm cooled, however, when shrimpers in Florida told them they'd had bad business dealings with Giese and his son, both of whom had operated businesses that struggled with bankruptcy.
Giese said he is still working to bring a large seafood processing operation to Beaufort County, whether he continues to work with Millenarian or with another company.
Giese said Millenarian was upset by its interactions with the S.C. State Ports Authority during the process to bring the operation to Port Royal, and it put off paying the electrical company's bill as retaliation.
"They were upset with what was going on, and this was their way of retaliating," Giese said, calling it childish.
Giese has spoken on behalf of Millenarian throughout the process. Attempts Thursday to reach Millenarian were unsuccessful.
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