Corbett: Don’t ‘rush’ to judge Minuteman

Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he stands behind Minuteman Environmental Services as a good employer and appreciates the company’s quick growth in the past several years.

But he said he couldn’t provide further comments on a raid that took place at the Milton business last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state attorney general’s office and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The company, which began as a heavy-duty towing firm, now provides services to the natural gas industry, including environmental clean ups and transport and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous gas industry waste.

Brian Bolus, company president, said he and his wife Karen along with other Minuteman employees were handcuffed while agents searched his offices.

No charges have been filed in connection to the raid.

Corbett received a $10,000 donation from Bolus three years ago, which the governor recently announced he would not return.

“The only thing I know about it is reading it in the papers, and I see no charges at this point in time,” Corbett said after a press conference in Milton at another business. “I hope they are able to continue the employment. I hope they get whatever it is resolved. That’s about all I can really comment on it.”

The governor added that he met Bolus twice, and that his donation did not necessitate Corbett’s visit to the company last year when he labeled the business “an American success story.”

“We don’t go to places just because we may or may not have received a campaign contribution,” he said.