Locals in Marble City, a small community near the Arkansas border, are upset with the state’s decision to restore the Oklahoma Capitol using marble from a Chinese vendor.
The state, however, said it followed its own law by picking the lowest-cost bid that met the project’s specifications.
“It’s the Oklahoma state Capitol, so I feel like it should have marble from the state of Oklahoma and not another country,” said Marble City Mayor Tamara Hibbard. “The marble from Marble City is helping our residents that work there, and they’re putting money back into our economy.”
Over the next four years, workers will replace parts of the Capitol’s lowest floor, eventually laying down about 25,000 square feet of marble. The Capitol Restoration project wanted to spend $3.5 million on a flooring surface, and asked for subcontractors to submit bids.
One of the bids was linked to Polycor, a manufacturing company that produces marble from a quarry in Marble City.