Belleville engineering firm sued over allegedly inadequate water system

Andrea Dearden Jan. 12, 2012, 2:14am


A Belleville engineering firm is accused of designing and installing an inadequate water system at a food processing plant.

Darling International Inc. filed a lawsuit Dec. 27 against Kaskaskia Engineering Group LLC in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Darling International hired Kaskaskia in 2009 to reroute and design water lines that service its plant at the National Stockyards. Darling International alleges the engineering company recommended a water supply system that failed to meet its water pressure needs. Believing Kaskaskia to be competent in water line engineering, Darling International says it agreed to have the system installed.

However, the food recycling company claims the lack of water pressure caused lengthy and expensive disruptions to their operations along with broken parts that were costly to replace. Darling International claims a new water system will have to be reconstructed at a cost of nearly $50,000. The company seeks a judgement against the Kaskaskia for the cost of the reconstruction and loss of income during the failure of the system the companyinstalled.

Attorney Kenneth J. Heinz of St. Louis is representing Darling International. They ask for a jury trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-696

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