Truckers to fight Iowa plan on liquor

Source: WILLIAM PETROSKI, Des Moines Register (IA), December 1, 2005

An Iowa trucking industry group intends to fight a plan to have state employees continue to haul alcoholic beverages to Iowa’s 480 liquor retailers. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division announced this week that it will permit Crystal Distributing of Cedar Rapids to take over operations of the state’s liquor warehouse on Feb. 1, fulfilling a legislative request that private firms be permitted to compete for the work. But the state agency will still truck products to liquor stores because the agency submitted the lowest qualified bid to perform transportation services. ….. The combined private-public partnership should save Iowa taxpayers about $1.1 million annually when compared with the state’s payments to a previous contractor, Walding told the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission this week.