KME Awarded Five Year New Jersey State Cooperative Purchasing Contract for Fire Apparatus
KME, of Nesquehoning, PA, has been awarded a five year cooperative purchasing contract (A83151) by the State of New Jersey to provide qualified NJ Municipalities and Fire Districts a wide variety of fire apparatus models at a discounted price structure. The contract allows for direct purchasing of more than 40 KME models without the need for additional public bidding.
Phil Gerace, KME’s Director of Sales and Marketing noted “This contract allows fire departments within the State to purchase apparatus more easily and cost effectively. Fire districts and municipalities can procure trucks directly off State Contract and take advantage of the volume discounts. The Contract also allows them to minimize the delays and extensive costs associated the administration of the public bid process. KME has extensive experience with such group purchase contracts across the US, and is a prime vendor to the Federal Government under GSA, US Military, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs contracts”.
The State Contract initiative was first announced by Governor Christie’s in a August 31, 2012 letter to Mayors across the Garden State commenting on continuing cost savings efforts and the benefit of State Purchasing Contracts. In November, the contract became a major focus after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy rocked the region. In her letter initiating the RFQ process, Lina Groninger, Procurement Specialist with the NJ Department of Treasury, Division of Purchase & Property Procurement Bureau said “…due to the severity and damages of Super Storm Sandy and the fact that several cities and fire departments lost quite a bit of fire fighting apparatus, this RFQ is considered to be high priority…”.
Bob Emery, Fire Apparatus Sales Manager at First Priority Emergency Vehicles commented “First Priority and KME went to great lengths to design models specific to the needs of NJ’s fire service community, including not only 47 different KME models, but an unlimited number of customization features from KME’s extensive options list. While some manufacturers often offer “Plain Jane” models common to the standard GSA schedule, the KME State Contract allows our end users to design a unit fully customized to their individual response needs. In addition, with KME’s convenient ISO certified Pennsylvania factory location, we are able to offer significant savings in the factory inspection and delivery phases of the purchasing experience. Over the next five years, this ground breaking Contract has the potential to save the NJ fire service literally millions of dollars in equipment and procurement process costs, and we’re proud to be a part of this effort. It really fits in with KME’s corporate philosophy: “KME Works For You”.
For additional information on the contract and apparatus available therein, contact KME’s NJ Sales Representatives Bill McGuffy (Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties) at 845-753-9808 or Bob Emery (balance of New Jersey Counties) at 800-247-7725.
Posted by Robert Emery
on December 27, 2012