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An Oregon contractor previously accused by union carpenters of failing to pay workers is now in trouble with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry due to the suspected lack of a contractor’s permit.

BOLI ordered JP Pro Frame Construction to “immediately cease all contracting activities in the construction industry” until it obtains a valid permit issued by BOLI, according to an April 23 letter from the agency. Under Oregon law, contractors must have a valid Oregon Construction Labor Contractor License issued by BOLI.

BOLI also demanded detailed payroll information from JP Pro Framing Construction, including names, addresses and telephone numbers of employees employed in 2023, their hours worked, gross and net wages, and any businesses to which the contractor supplied or hired employees. According to the letter, the agency also requested JP Pro Framing’s bank statements, checks and invoices.

JP Pro Framing owner Juan Jimenez Gutierrez did not respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

According to BOLI, the permit that JP Pro Framing requires is different from the permit for construction contractor issued by BOLI Oregon Construction Contractors Council.

“There appears to be a communication barrier,” said Rachel Mann, BOLI spokeswoman.

JP Pro Framing initially had until May 10 to submit the requested documents to BOLI. That deadline was extended to May 14, Mann said. It was not clear whether JP Pro Framing had produced the requested documents within the deadline. The BOLI investigator assigned to the case was unavailable this week, she said.

Compliance will weigh on any fines BOLI imposes, Mann said.

“It will have an impact on the civil penalties we are assessing,” she said. “If he does not comply with the rules or does not obtain a permit, we consider this to be aggravating circumstances.”

Founded in 2020 and based in Banks, JP Pro Framing first came to public attention at a March 13 public meeting Prosperity Portland‘s board when several union carpenters said they had not been paid by the contractor. JP Pro Framing was called in by the developer Palindrome communities and its construction arm, PacifiCap Construction Servicesat a 47-unit apartment complex in Lents at 5802 SE 92nd Ave. The project was supported by the development agency.

Robert Gibson, a director of Palindrome and PacifiCap, said the companies ended their relationship with JP Pro Framing after learning of the payment problem. Gibson also pledged to improve Palindrome and PacifiCap’s oversight of their subcontractors.

Prosper Portland agreed to sell another Lents property to Palindrome for $1.755 million. Palindrome has proposed building a mixed-use, mixed-income development on the site, with residential units and commercial and hospitality space.

Gutierrez said in an interview in April that the workers had now been paid. That claim could not be verified.

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