Walter Woolwine

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Walter Woolwine - Bidder Skipped On Rifles Job WASHINGTON CAP) --...
Bidder Skipped On Rifles Job WASHINGTON CAP) -- A senator and congressman from Maine say the Army didn't consider price in awarding a big cor bad for rifle production--a extract that didn't go to a Maine firm that was low bidder. Rep. Peter N. Kyros, D- Maine, one of the disgruntled legislators, also accused the Army of being biased in favor of big companies in awarding contracts for production of the M16 rifle. "I am bothered that they eliminated all consideration of pricing," Sen. Edmund S. Mus- kie. D-Maine, told newsmen after a meeting with Brig. Gen. Walter Woolwine of the Army Materiel Command. What mattered most to the Army, Muskie said, was "a company's capacity to turn out the rifles as fast as they were needed under the new policies." Muskie and Kyros met with 'the general because they wanted to know why Maremont C'orpo of Saco, Maine, lost out when two firms were named recently to make M16s. Maremont's bid was $36 million to produce 240,000 of the automatic weapons. The contracts went to Had- nngton Richardson Co. of Worcester, Mass , and the Hy- dramatic Division of General Motors Corp.. Pontiac, Mich: The ciling price on the GM bid was $56 million--$20 million higher than the Maine firm's. This adds up to "disorderly procurement," Kyros said after the briefing Friday. The Army had "ample opportunity" to request pricing and already had substanial price information when they announced the contract awards in March, Kyros said. The contracts will come under ; scrutiny Tuesday by a House Armed Service subcommitee. Chairman Richard Ichord, D- Mo., has termed the contract figures "unrealistically high." .Muskte said Woolwine told them the pricing phase of the competition was eliminated because the timetable for awarding the contracts had to be telescoped. The general was quoted by Muskie as saying the bid procedure was speeded up because of the Tet offensive of the Vietnamese and Viet Cong in January. The Army had said prior Friday's meeting that a major factor in deciding which firms would get the orders was their ability to meet the Army's demands for on-time delivery. According to the Army, the quoted prices by the two will not necessarily be the final prices. Once manufacturing

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  1. The News,
  2. 16 May 1968, Thu,
  3. Page 18

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