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Lee County is giving VR Labs 30 days to document how many employees it has and how it intends to get into production on the company’s line of health food drinks.

If that doesn’t happen by Nov. 22, the county may take steps to get back $4.7 million of taxpayer money VR has spent from a $5 million jobs stimulus grant. Not supplying the information the county is requesting could trigger termination of the grant contract, according to an Oct. 22 letter by County Attorney Michael Hunt.

The county commission awarded a grant to VR in February 2011 in exchange for the company’s plans to create 208 high-paying jobs by 2016.

County Commissioner Tammy Hall said she met this week with VR Chief Operating Officer Kay Gow and expressed the county’s concerns about getting payroll records that verify the company’s hiring progress.

“They understand that, they seemed amenable,” Hall said. “I believe we’ll be able to work it out.”

VR was to begin production this summer at a bottling plant off Alico Road in south Lee County.

But the company becdme entangled in lawsuits and liens by its general contractor and subcontractors, who claim they haven’t been fully paid for the work they did remodeling an industrial building off Alico Road that’s intended to be the company’s bottling plant.

The contract gives VR 30 days to provide documentation of how many employees it has and how much they’re being paid. VR provided a list of the job titles and salaries of its nine employees but CEO Jeff Kottkamp in previous correspondence with Hunt has been reluctant to give more.

About 20 percent of the bottling equipment has been delivered, but the rest has not. Robert Brown, owner of general contractor GCM Contracting Solutions, said Florida Power & Light cut off power to the building for nonpayment.

Kottkamp and VR’s attorney, Naples-based Edward Cheffy, couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, but Hall said VR hopes to get into production sometime next year.

According to a timeline in the agreement, VR is required to have 40 jobs and $9 million of capital investment by the end of this year.

Other provisions in the agreement, however, allow the company to move the jobs deadline to Dec. 31, 2013, and to move capital line items “from year to year.”

Meanwhile, two lawsuits relating to VR are proceeding in the Lee County courts. GCM is suing Gow and VR bottling equipment subcontractor John Williams over its unpaid bills, and VR in turn filed a suit against GCM claiming that GCM’s claims are invalid.

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