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Mr. Gary Southern

Wrong Gary Southern?


Phone: (304) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: g***@***.com
Local Address: Naples, Florida, United States
Freedom Industries Inc
1015 Barlow Dr
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
United States

Company Description: Freedom Industries is a full service producer of specialty chemicals for the mining, steel, and cement industries. Founded in 1986 and located in Charleston, WV,...   more
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At a creditors meeting administered by ..., 25 Feb 2014 [cached]
At a creditors meeting administered by a U.S. Department of Justice official, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern and Chief Financial Officer Terry Cline answered questions on company finances from a federal trustee and fewer than 10 attorneys representing creditors.
"This has been an extremely traumatic event for everybody to deal with, particularly our employees," Southern said outside Robert C. Byrd U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Southern said the company had already sold off almost all of its chemicals as it prepares to start demolishing its Charleston facility by March 15, per state orders. It was storing about $5.4 million worth of chemicals as of a Feb. 17 court filing.
In court Tuesday, Southern detailed ties to two companies that received millions of dollars from Freedom Industries in the last year.
Southern said he has been Freedom Industries' president since a merger in December. Before then, he said he worked as a consultant for the company since 2009 with a firm named Blackwater.
Freedom Industries paid Blackwater $1.2 million in the year leading up to its bankruptcy filing. Southern said he also worked with Enviromine Inc., which received $3.8 million from Freedom Industries over the same year, court documents show. But Southern said he doesn't have an ownership stake in either.
Enviromine lists Southern as its president in West Virginia corporation records. Southern manages Blackwater Consulting Group LLC in Naples, Fla., near his home in Marco Island, but declined to say if that was the company in question.
"I don't care to discuss that," Southern told the Associated Press, regarding ties to Blackwater.
Southern has limited his public appearances since the spill. He spoke at a Jan. 10 news conference on site at Freedom Industries, and answered questions in bankruptcy court Jan. 21. He said Tuesday he has basically been living at Freedom Industries headquarters since the spill.
On Friday, Freedom President ..., 5 April 2014 [cached]
On Friday, Freedom President Gary Southern withdrew his application to get paid for work he already did during the company's bankruptcy proceedings. He also wanted Freedom and its insurance to cover his legal fees related to the Jan. 9 spill.
"Mr. Southern is withdrawing the Application to try to end the unfounded allegations and ceaseless vilification of him for an incident that occurred a mere 6 working days after he became the President of the Debtor, for which he bears no fault," Thomas wrote in Friday's court filing.
Southern also wanted to save the company's sparse financial resources for creditors seeking payment, the court filing states.
Southern's motion claims he "could have walked away as many others did," but has spent countless hours remediating the company's damage.
Southern, who is paid a $230,000 salary, joined the company Jan. 1 after Chemstream Holdings Inc. bought Freedom, becoming its parent company.
Southern accrued about $49,000 in personal legal costs for representation in two lawsuits and in state and federal investigations about the spill, court documents show.
Dozens of businesses and residents have sued Freedom over lost wages and profits during a water-use ban. Their cases remain frozen while bankruptcy proceedings continue, and they are waiting in line with other creditors looking for compensation from Freedom.
Freedom also paid contractors that employed Southern about $5 million the year preceding the bankruptcy, court records show.
In court documents Saturday, Freedom ..., 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
In court documents Saturday, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern requested an order to collect paychecks for work following the company's Jan. 17 bankruptcy filing.
The documents say Southern earns a $230,000 salary. He last received a paycheck covering services through Jan. 19.
Southern is requesting that his paychecks be negotiated and issued until Freedom can appoint a chief restructuring officer. Court papers say he worked 46 straight days through Feb. 26.
Court records show Freedom paid contractors that employed Southern about $5 million the year preceding the bankruptcy.
In court last month, Freedom ..., 21 Feb 2014 [cached]
In court last month, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern estimated $800,000 in cleanup costs for the first week after the Jan. 9 spill.
At the gates of Freedom ..., 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
At the gates of Freedom Industries, just a few hundred feet from the shoddy chemical storage tank on the banks of the Elk River that started it all, Gary Southern approached a cluster of microphones. As Freedom Industries' president, he was about to become the face of a catastrophic chemical spill that threatened the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands West Virginians.
"This incident is extremely unfortunate and unanticipated," Southern said.
More recently, the disgraced company's bankruptcy has given new meaning to "conflict of interest," and Gary Southern stood up the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, which invited him to testify on the spill.
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