Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 21, 2013, 8:10am

A construction company accused of failing to pay a subcontractor more than $400,000 for work performed requested an extension of time to properly answer the complaint.

Defendant Williams Brothers Construction Inc. (WBCI) through its attorney Stanley N. Wasser of Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Cox in Springfield on Sept. 12. filed an agreed motion for an additional 30 days to answer.

Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder granted the motion for extension on Sept. 23, giving WBCI until Oct. 31 to respond.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 12, Hoelscher Interiors claims it had a contract agreeing to provide sheathing, thermal insulation, gypsum board and acoustical panel ceilings work more than three years ago for one of the defendant's projects. In turn, Williams Brothers agreed to pay the plaintiff $1,788,600, the suit states.

During the course of the work, Hoelscher agreed to perform additional duties for an increased contract price of $2,162,985.51, the suit states. Although Hoelscher completed the agreed-upon work, Williams Brothers allegedly failed to appropriately pay it.

“Williams Brothers has issued payments to Hoelscher totaling $1,756,739.41, leaving a balance due and owing under the subcontract in the amount of $406,246.10,” the suit states.

Hoelscher also seeks pre-judgment interest at 10 percent interest per annum.

Michael J. Rowles, Steven M. Cockriel and Philip J. Christofferson of Cockriel and Christofferson in St. Louis represents the plaintiff.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-1355.

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