For Release in North America: July 2017
Release Number: 393PR17
Cooperative purchasing contract extends Cat® equipment and services to member agencies of the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA)
Serving as the lead agency of the National IPA for this procurement, the City of Tucson, Ariz., recently solicited a competitive bid for heavy construction equipment, parts, accessories, supplies and related services from industry manufacturers. The City of Tucson, in conjunction with the National IPA, awarded Caterpillar the contract, #161534, which remains effective from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2022 (initial one-year contract with four one-year renewals).
This national cooperative contract award was presented and evaluated based upon bid responsiveness, product quality, customer service and the ability to carry out a nationwide contract-selling program. Through the national cooperative agreement, all Cat machines, including motor graders and backhoes, technology, and related services will now be made available not only to the City of Tucson but any government agency or educational institution throughout the country associated with the National IPA.
“We are incredibly proud and honored to be selected as having the equipment solution offering the best overall lifecycle value for the City of Tucson,” says Ann Schreifels, Governmental Sales Manager for Caterpillar. “Through the National IPA, other governmental buyers throughout the United States will have a means to procure state-of-the-art Cat equipment and technology knowing the bid process has been satisfied and confident it offers them the best value for their purchases. They will also receive unparalleled service and industry-leading customer support from the extensive Cat dealer network.”
About the City of Tucson
The City of Tucson Department of Procurement is a recognized leader in public procurement. As an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award winner for the past 21 years, the City of Tucson Procurement Department is the first and only agency in AEP history to receive a perfect score. For more information please visit tucsonaz.gov.
About the National IPA
National IPA is redefining the future of cooperative purchasing. The cooperative purchasing organization is dedicated to serving public agencies and educational institutions nationwide. All cooperative agreements have been competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a public agency/governmental entity (e.g. state, city, county, public university or school district), utilizing the best public procurement practices, processes and procedures. The lead agencies are independent of the cooperative allowing the agency to be focused on the best value for the agency.
The National IPA team of tenured certified public procurement professionals, supply chain and cooperative purchasing experts is committed to bringing value to agencies nationwide. Participants may leverage one of the largest pools of purchasing potential, allowing them to receive a combines buying power regardless of their entity’s size. For more information please visit www.nationalipa.org.
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