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What is a Cooperative Purchasing Program?

As an athletic facility or school district, owners understand the importance of working within a budget and also providing your athletes with high-performing resources to continue to up their game. This is where utilizing a cooperative purchasing program can be an asset to your team. Cooperative purchasing is defined by the American Bar Association Model Procurement Code for State and Local Governments as “procurement conducted by, or on behalf of, one or more Public Procurement Units.” You may be familiar with cooperative purchasing programs from your district using them for classroom or other building needs. However, a “coop” can also be used for an artificial turf field project, and it can be a great tool to secure your field and guarantee you can use the provider you want, at a competitive price.

There are a number of cooperative purchasing organizations throughout the United States. Our team is an awarded vendor of several institutions, which allows us to quickly expedite an order for a member because all purchasing requirements are completed during the RFP (request for proposal) process. All awarded contracts through these programs have been granted under a competitively bid process and have received a contract from the respective organization. As an awarded vendor, we have committed to provide the best pricing, as well as terms and conditions, available to participating members.

As an owner, some of the top benefits for securing your synthetic turf field through a cooperative purchasing program include:

  • Savings on project costs
  • Certainty you’re receiving a competitive price
  • Bypass the standard bidding processes and fees
  • Opportunity to shorten your project timeline
  • Select the vendor and quality-built product you want
  • Assurance you’re working with a well-vetted vendor
  • Trust terms and conditions are solid

Our team has completed over 80 synthetic turf projects, whether full conversion or replacement, procured through a cooperative purchasing program. If you have questions on how to make your turf field dream a reality and how a coop might be able to benefit you, reach out to us and one of our Field Consultants can assist. In the meantime, be sure to check out a case study around one of our long-time partners who found success in using a cooperative purchasing program for their two-field project!

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