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BCI Burke awarded national cooperative contract with National IPA
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – June 7, 2017 – BCI Burke Company has been awarded a national cooperative contract by Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX, made available through National IPA, to provide playground and recreation products to government agencies and educational institutions throughout the country.
After competitively soliciting the contract, Region 4 ESC awarded the contract to BCI Burke on April 28, 2017. Through the agreement, BCI Burke's products will be made available to all participants of National IPA.
"National IPA is pleased to be partnering with BCI Burke to offer this competitively solicited and awarded agreement lead by Region 4 ESC. BCI Burke provides a breadth of playground and recreation options, built with the exceptional quality that will benefit National IPA's participating agencies throughout the country," said Ken Heckman, senior vice president, account management.
National IPA is one of the fastest-growing cooperative purchasing organizations in the nation, and each contract is written to ensure maximum value and public procurement compliance for all parties involved. Additionally, a significant portion of National IPA's revenue is allocated to education initiatives.
"Our contract with National IPA simplifies the process for customers to purchase high-quality playground equipment and accessories from Burke," said Michael Phelan, president and CEO of BCI Burke Company. "This is a very exciting time for us at Burke as we experience growth and continue the development of innovative products, backed by the very best customer service. I am confident that our customers will appreciate the ease of purchasing Burke playground equipment with this contract through National IPA and bypassing the tedious and time consuming RFP process," he continued.
The list of entities authorized to participate in the contract includes, but is not limited to, K-12 schools, municipalities, colleges and universities, counties and religious organizations.
About Burke Playgrounds
Our mission is to bring Play That Moves You to communities around the world and connect people through play. As we advance the Play Movement, we are driven to continuously design inspiring products and play environments to bring a higher level of play to the communities we serve. We provide a variety of playground and park equipment, including climbers, slides, swings, site amenities, park furniture and sports equipment to Parks & Recreation, Municipalities, Schools, Daycare, Churches, Apartment Complexes, Childcare Centers and Children's Museums. Join our movement at bciburke.com and see how play can move you!
About National IPA
National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Company (National IPA) is redefining the future of cooperative purchasing. The cooperative purchasing organization is dedicated to serving more than 49,000 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 combined buying power regardless of their entity's size. For more information please visit www.nationalipa.org.