By Matt SmithA letterhead signed by ARCO Construction, a Washington-based contractor that helps contractors design and build pipelines and other infrastructure projects, shows its name is “Arco Construction.”
But the company is a major player in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The letterhead shows the firm’s address in the District, the company’s home state, as well as the company and a phone number that the letterhead says can be reached at 1-888-ARCO-TECH (1-888–331-3667).
The letterhead and the phone number are from Arco Construction, the state’s largest private contractor.
The Washington State Department of Commerce and Industries said it was aware of the letter and was investigating.
The company is the largest contractor in the state, providing services to companies like ExxonMobil, Enron and other oil and natural gas companies.
But the letter also has an unusual address: 2141 Pennsylvania Ave.
NW, Washington, D.C.
The company’s address, which is listed on the letter, does not appear to be the same address as the letterheads for the major contractors and the Washington state-owned energy department.
The letters also appear to have been printed on paper that does not have the signature of the company.
The name of the firm, ARCO, does appear on the letters.
The business of contractors is booming in the U.S., said Richard V. Jones, vice president of the Washington-area oil and construction trade association.
The industry employs about 1,400 people and employs more than 30,000 in Washington.
Jones said that is a number that has increased substantially in recent years as companies are trying to compete with each other for work and to stay in business.
He said the growing size of the industry has made it hard for contractors to stay focused on the projects they have to do.
He added that he did not know whether the company was the source of the letters that were sent to the state.
“I do not know,” Jones said.
“If that’s the case, it’s a violation of the law.”
Jones said the letters were not sent to any specific person, but they were sent on behalf of the state of Washington.
The Washington state Department of Labor, which regulates contractors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jones said that a recent report by the federal government said there are now about 700,000 contractors working in the oil and coal sector in the United States.
He said that figure is likely to increase.
The Associated Press reported in April that the total number of contractors in the industry was around 1.5 million, and that about half of them work for major companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil and Marathon Petroleum.
In recent years, many of those contractors have left the industry and are now in the private sector, according to the AP.
Jones, the Washington trade association president, said he was not aware of any major problems with the letter.
He did say that the letters, sent on the morning of June 29, were “very professional.”
Jones noted that the state government is trying to regulate contractors in a way that protects the public.
The state has banned fracking and other activities that use fracking fluid, but it has allowed some other types of work, like pipe and conduit design.
The government is also working on a rule that will allow contractors to negotiate contracts in secret, he said.