I did an estimate a few months ago for a really big job (school district). I spent a good deal of time on it, around 10-12 hours. I recently found out by someone whos involved with the school district that every 3 years they bid the job out and basically open up the bid, and throw it in a filing cabinet just to have on record. Apparently the school already knew they were staying with the same guy who I guess has done it for several years. The school just needs to have bids put in every so often. I wasnt planning on getting the job so I wasnt bummed at all, it just makes me a little upset that they knew, for a fact that they werent switching LCO's. Why waste the time of all the companies going out and doing a very time consuming bid? The only reason I can figure is if this guy goes under they have a list of companies to try and fill the job with. Thats fine but it would be nice to know that I'm bidding a job to be a back up for the current LCO.