Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology is protesting after the state of Missouri awarded a large IT contract to New Jersey firm SHI International Corp.

World Wide Technology had held the contract since 2001. The new deal runs from Feb. 9 through June 30, 2019, and can be worth more than $40 million, according to state documents.

A spokeswoman for the state’s Office of Administration did not immediately have answers to questions about the contract’s size.

SHI had no immediate comment.

Charles Hatfield of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, an attorney for World Wide Technology, said, “World Wide Technology provided very high service to the state. We were shocked that they did not receive this award. And once we went through and reviewed it, it appears there were a lot of irregularities here. They should start again.” He said World Wide Technology's current contract with the state runs through the end of March.

A state committee earlier this month decided between World Wide Technology, SHI, and a third firm, Lenexa, Kansas-based Technology Group Solutions. The committee was comprised of Director of Networks Robert Simms; Mary Plassmeyer, lead info systems technologist with the Department of Transportation; Director of Finance Crystal Wessing; and Todd Larivee, IT manager for the Department of Conservation.

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