BendPak Inc., a global manufacturer of car lifts and specialized garage equipment for servicing wheels, tires, and brakes, won its contract bid from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), formally WSCA-NASPO. Under Master Contract No. 05316 for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Associated Equipment, BendPak will be providing municipalities and government buyers two-post lifts, four-post lifts, mobile column lifts, scissors lifts, wheel balancers, tire changers, and brake lathes via central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.
As a national cooperative purchasing program, NASPO utilizes the collective purchasing power of all 50 states to acquire the best deals for a variety of products and services. A single lead state manages select contracts on behalf of other states. Furthermore, NASPO membership states and government entities are not required to pay membership fees.
The master contract was awarded to select companies that fulfill strict government, military, and vocational requirements and only those companies that have globally recognized products specifically designed for heavy-duty and commercial fleet services.
BendPak’s vehicle lift offering provides a broad service range covering vehicle types ranging from buses and military vehicles, to fleet, passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs. Specialty lift models including two-post lifts designed for lawnmowers, turf equipment, and landscaping utility vehicles help fill the needs of schools, parks, and golf courses. According to Jeff Kritzer, BendPak senior vice president of sales and marketing, this is an intentional move by the company in order to reach the widest audience possible.
“Our cities and military typically have different needs when searching for car lifts and service equipment,” said Kritzer. “They want heavy-duty equipment that can handle the big stuff, in addition to smaller passenger vehicles and trucks. From government fleet vehicles, to city buses and military transport trucks, safety is always paramount.”
NASPO awards contracts only after vetting competing businesses through a lengthy, comprehensive bidding process. Companies are awarded contracts for their pricing, warranties, service record, distribution network, and guarantee of available parts after-the-sale.
“It’s a huge opportunity for BendPak,” said Pat Weber, director of sales and business development. “Only the best of the best get included in NASPO contracts of any kind, so it’s an honor to be recognized as leaders in our field.” BendPak’s contract runs from February 2017 to February 2019 with an optional three-year extension.