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This program uses the aggregate purchasing power of large counties and cities in the United States to supply local and state government agencies with the most favorable government pricing on a large variety of high quality products. Under the terms of the contract award, state and local public agencies throughout the U.S. participating in U.S. Communities' program have the ability to procure thousands of products from Hughes at discounted prices and use the services of Hughes' 7,000-strong employees. Teams from both organizations have been formed to manage the new partnership.
Tom Morgan, Hughes President and COO, commented, "We are excited to be a part of the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. Our Government Initiative has the full support of every associate in the Hughes organization. Hughes offers a unique and compelling value to the Government community and for that reason we believe U.S. Communities selected us as a partner."
According to Tom Starnes, SVP Sales and Marketing at Hughes, "The U.S. Communities procurement vehicle allows Hughes to streamline its service delivery to thousands of local and state public agencies across the country. Using a dedicated call center, online ordering and catalogs, Hughes wants to make purchasing easy and efficient for public purchasing officials. These are difficult times for public agencies and every dollar saved is important. Our goal is to reduce total cost for them."
According to Rob Braulik, U.S. Communities Marketing Director, "Through U.S. Communities, counties, cities, school districts, special districts, colleges, universities, states and non-profit agencies can utilize the public agency competitively solicited contracts. It will allow them to take advantage of the enormous collective purchasing power of public agencies nationwide and leverage the savings to their own advantage."
The lead government agency that competitively solicited this contract offering was Los Angeles County, CA. Registered agencies can add Hughes Supply, Inc. as a supplier contact by going to http://www.uscommunities.org. Agencies can register or get further information on this contract award, including the original solicitation and Master Agreement by going to the http://www.uscommunities.org website.
Hughes Supply, Inc., founded in 1928, is one of the nation's largest diversified wholesale distributors. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hughes distributes over 240,000 products through more than 450 wholesale outlets located in 34 states. These products are used by its customers in new construction for government, commercial, residential, infrastructure and industrial applications, and for replacement and renovation projects. Hughes' major product lines include Building Materials, Concrete Products, Electrical, Electric Utility, Fire Protection, HVAC, Industrial PVF, Maintenance Supplies, Mechanical PVF, Plumbing, Water & Sewer and Water Systems & Irrigation. Hughes' primary focus is offering their customers the finest in Solutions, Supply and Service. During 2003, Hughes is celebrating their 75th anniversary. For more information on Hughes Supply, visit http://www.hughessupply.com.
U.S. Communities is a non-profit instrumentality of government and is sponsored by the Association of School Business Officials International, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Institute for Governmental Purchasing and the United States Conference of Mayors. U.S. Communities combines potential purchasing power of up to 87,000 local agencies and currently has more than 7,000 participating public agencies in all 50 states.