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If the phone calls coming into The Messenger’s office are any indication, there is considerable outrage from Mount Airy to Washington, D.C. and NYC about N.C. Granite Corp. losing a $5.5 million contract for work on the 9/11 memorial to an Italian firm.
A spokesperson with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Committee says that they have no control over a subcontractor’s decision, which is where N.C. Granite submitted its bid. But the folks over at N.C. Granite say they were blindsided by the rejection, being told of the decision in an email.
Officials there say they will lobby for more media exposure on the decision and have already contacted their congressional representatives. In addition to losing the contract to a foreign firm, N.C. Granite now says it will likely have to lay off 40 workers at a time when jobs are hard to come by.

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