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BOSTON – A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Powers Fasteners Inc. with one count of involuntary manslaughter for a 2006 Boston tunnel ceiling collapse that killed one woman. The Brewster, NY-based Powers distributed epoxy anchor bolt system used in parts of Boston’s Central Artery, or so-called Big Dig, highway project. The indictment follows a criminal investigation by the attorney general’s office and several state and federal law enforcement agencies and federal transportation agencies following the July 2006 death of 38-year-old Milena Del Valle. The attorney general and other authorities allege that the company did not differentiate between two different epoxy products in its marketing materials or make Central Artery project managers aware that a certain product was unsuitable for holding up heavy ceiling panels. In a statement, Powers’ president Jeffrey Powers called the company “stunned, beyond belief.” “The only reason that our company has been indicted is that unlike others implicated in this tragedy, we don’t have enough money to buy our way out,” Powers said.

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