COVINGTON — The Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans on Sunday announced a boycott of the two crane companies that were contracted to remove Confederate veterans monuments in Henry, Rockdale, DeKalb and Athens-Clarke counties.
Superior Rigging & Erecting Company of Atlanta was hired by DeKalb and Athens-Clarke counties to remove monuments in those counties. Roper & Sons in Covington was contracted to remove the monument in Rockdale and Henry counties and has submitted a bid for removal of the statue on the Covington Square in Newton County.
In an email release Sunday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans called on its 33,862 members, their families, supporters and other veterans and memorial organizations to stop doing business with the two crane companies. “These companies have shown the sacrifices these veterans made is of no value when compared to a quick buck,” the release states. “All is for sale. They have sold themselves out to these liberal municipalities and county governments and removed Georgia’s Veterans Monument in the dark of night.
“Therefore, we ask all construction professionals, facility managers, maintenance managers, contractors and vendors to remove Superior Rigging and Roper & Sons LLC from your bid list, contractor list and request for pricing list. We also encourage you to mandate and discourage your colleagues, contractors, subcontractors and vendors from using Superior Rigging and Roper & Sons from doing any work whatsoever.”
The SCV said the boycott is no reflection on the men and women who are the operators, riggers, shop mechanics and drivers for the crane companies.
Roper & Sons removed the Rockdale County monument at 10 p.m. on June 30 and placed it in an undisclosed location. No plans have been announced to erect the statue in another location. Roper & Sons also removed the statue on the McDonough Square on July 28, again placing it in an undisclosed storage area.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners has voted to remove the Confederate memorial statue on the Covington Square, but no action has been taken pending a decision by Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott.
Roper & Sons was asked in July for a bid to remove the Covington statue. In an email response to Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes, Larry Roper submitted a quote of $35,000 to disassemble the statue, place it on a trailer, take it to a storage site and unload it.
“I estimate it to weigh 18,000 to 20,000 pounds,” wrote Roper. “It appears it will come apart in seven to 10 pieces. The statue itself is a good distance from the roadway. We will need to use a much larger crane for the job. We cannot risk driving any heavy equipment onto the square area as it could potentially damage the concrete and other utilities buried underground such as pipes, electrical lines, sprinklers, etc. The job will take some planning to pull off. We will need some road closures, a lifting plan for the crane placement, and security for my guys performing the work.”