Columbia Awarded Renewal Of The U.S. Communities Contract
Earlier this winter, members of Columbia along with representatives of the City of Kansas City and U.S. Communities renegotiated the contract held by Columbia. This extension of the contract included the addition of Columbias all new Journeyman Series. The Journeyman series is a versatile series of vehicles made to take on most daily tasks without the need for customization. The Journeyman series is built to handle everything from construction sites to shuttling people. The Journeyman joins Columbias already broad line of electric work vehicles to provide even more application-based vehicle solutions to U.S. Communities customers.
The contract extension is valid through January 1, 2019 and provides U. S. Communities member agencies continued access to all Columbia vehicles at pre-negotiated prices.
What Does This Mean For U.S. Communities Agencies?
They have continued access to Columbias top-quality, American built electric vehicles without the hassle of the bidding process. Columbia provides a vast network of dealers for service and purchasing of Columbias vehicles. Columbia vehicles support both industrial and commercial customers including warehouses, colleges, housing authorities, resorts and more!
Some agencies that have purchased through the U.S. Communities contract include Penn State, Las Vegas Water, and the Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles. Lilian Choy,
Special Programs Coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, had the following to say about their choice of Columbia vehicles to fulfill their needs; They meet HACLAs needs for transportation of maintenance staff and their tools and equipment from unit to unit at HACLA properties. Ms. Choy also commented that the vehicle durability and Columbias ability to help solve the need for replacement and new vehicles were also determining factors in choosing Columbia.
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How Will This Impact Columbia Dealers?
With the support of Brian Wagoner, Columbias U.S. Communities Specialist, more and more Columbia dealers are being trained on the benefits of the program. There are over 55,000 agencies registered with U.S. Communites allowing for a network of prospective customers that otherwise would not have been available to dealers. This also provides an even playing field for our dealers when it comes to price negotiations with customers. Columbia is excited to bring this new avenue for customer outreach to their dealer network.
More About U.S. Communities
U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. U.S. Communities was founded in 1996 as a partnership with National Sponsors. Today, our National Sponsors include the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Governors Association. U.S. Communities is the first cooperative purchasing program to earn the NIGP Accredited Cooperative (NAC) accreditation. More than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than $2.3 billion in products and services annually. To learn more about U.S. Communities or about how to become an agency, visit www.uscommunities.org/.
More About Columbia
Based in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Columbia is a premier electric vehicle manufacturer whose history dates back to 1946. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world, producing electric vehicles for private use as well as commercial and industrial applications that include models that move from 1 to 24 people, carry up to 6,000 pounds of payload, tow up to 16,000 pounds and travel up to 25 miles per hour. To learn more about Columbia, visit http://columbiavehicles.com/.
Columbia Vehicle Group, Inc. is a member of the Nordic Group of Companies, Ltd. Nordic Group (headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin) is a privately-held holding company consisting of subsidiaries with 22 facilities, and 24 marketing units around the world with over 2,400 associates. Nordic Group member companies manufacture and distribute plastic, seating and transportation products worldwide for industrial, commercial and consumer markets. For more information, visit www.nordicgroup.com.