Bretford & E&I introduce competitive contract for technology-enabled furniture

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of progressive furniture solutions that improve how people work and learn, and E&I Cooperative Purchasing, the premier buying consortium for education, have announced a new competitively-awarded contract. All Bretford technology-enabled furniture for K-12, higher education and healthcare applications is now available to E&I members (contract number CNR01331), effective immediately. 
 
Comprised of nearly 3,000 schools and hospitals throughout the U.S., E&I leverages the strength of the cooperative’s membership to offer best value solutions on a broad range of products and services. The Bretford/E&I contract is a pre-competed, publicly-solicited bid, which members can utilize to help streamline the buying process. 
 
Phil Cloutier, vice president of sales, marketing and customer care for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. explained, “We entered the relationship with E&I as a means to provide our dealer partners and end user customers in education and healthcare with a credible and powerful best-value contracting vehicle to access technology-enabled furniture from Bretford.” He continued, “As a result of the Bretford/E&I contract, E&I members now have access to the Bretford published portfolio for library, commons, café, training, conference, teaming, classroom and media environments. Most importantly, this new contract helps expedite the integration of technology-enabled furniture into schools and hospitals where it is needed the most.”
 
“Bretford is a proven leader in the technology-enabled furniture arena and we are excited to align ourselves with this forward-thinking organization,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I Cooperative. “In addition to providing outstanding furniture design options and significant savings, Bretford is also committed to maintaining high environmental standards and supporting the sustainable efforts of our members.”
 
To become a listed Bretford/E&I dealer, please contact Bretford Regional Sales Managers http://www.bretford.com/sales/ for more information. E&I members interested in utilizing the Bretford/E&I contract should visit www.bretford.com/contracts/list/cooperative/ for additional details. 
 
About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. 
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable Bretford products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral product certification. All Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture. For more information about Bretford visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.
 
About E&I Cooperative
Established in 1934 by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), E&I is a buying cooperative that serves colleges and universities. E&I uses the combined purchasing power of nearly 3,000 member institutions to lower costs on a wide range of products and services. The organization provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of high quality national and regional contracts from best-in-class suppliers. E&I’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). For more information, please go to: www.eandi.org