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MCS Events at MCEL 2019 – Billings

MCS is excited to welcome George Wilson, Executive Director of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) to this year’s MCEL Conference in Billings on October 16th-18th. George will join with MCS as we feature and discuss the wide variety of national AEPA purchasing contracts available to Montana Schools.

In addition, MCS will feature two of our newest state-wide partners; Encompass Supply (Custodial Products/Service) and Fishers’ Technology (Copiers/Technology).

Wednesday, October 15, 2019
7:00 PM – MCS/AEPA Partners Planning Dinner Meeting

Thursday October 17, 2019
7:30 AM – Pre-Conference Welcome and Greeting – Doubletree – 3rd Floor
……….>Members encouraged to stop by our booth and visit about purchasing issues
9:15 AM – General Session
……….>Welcome by George Wilson, AEPA Executive Director
10:45 AM – Clinic Session I – Northern Hotel – Babcock Room
……….>MCS’s National AEPA Contracts – George Wilson and MCS/AEPA Partners
1:00 PM – Clinic Session II – Northern Hotel – Babcock Room
……….>The MCS “Best of the Best” – MCS/AEPA Partners
6:00 PM – Joint MCS, UM & MSU Reception – Doubletree – Petroleum Club – 22nd Floor


Notice to Bidders

Sealed Bids will be received by the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) on behalf of its Member Agencies including Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) until:

1:30 p.m. EST, Monday, September 16, 2019

 For Bids: 020-A Natural and Synthetic Surfaces for Sport Fields, Tracks, Courts, Playground and Landscaping Applications, 020-B Carpet & Resilient Flooring, 020-C Digital Resources & Instructional Materials, 020-D Facility Management Software, 020-E Lawn & Groundskeeping Equipment, Supplies & Services, 020-F Digital Display Solutions, and 020-G Vehicles – Cars, SUVs, Crossovers, Light Duty Trucks, Vans, Police and Public Safety.

 All bids shall be submitted online via Public Purchase by the due date and time listed above. Note that Bidders must be able to provide their proposed products and services in up to 28 states including Montana.

AEPA/MCS bid documents can be downloaded after registering, at no cost, on Public Purchase at  AEPA and MCS reserve the right to reject any or all bids in whole or in part; to waive any formalities or irregularities in any bids, and to accept the bids, which in its discretion, within state law, are for the best interest of any of the AEPA Member Agencies and/or their Participating Entities. Bids will be opened and an opening record will be posted to Public Purchase. Bids will be publicly opened at 1:30 PM EST on September 16, 2019, at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328.

Montana Cooperative Services LogoMCS Food Services Program

The MCS Food Services Program is now the largest provider of products and services specifically designed for schools across the great State of Montana!  If your school is still not a member of MCS, we encourage you to give us a call and get a quote on how much your school could be saving through our program.

Benefits of the MCS Purchasing Program

  • Volume counts! The combined purchasing power of MCS working with 25 other states and serving over 27 million students creates substantial discounts on products and services.
  • Convenient ordering! Purchase directly from the companies and order only what you need when you need it.
  • Favorite brands—excellent quality! You’ll find your favorite brands all at lower prices. Quality is guaranteed, as every product in the program meets strict content and pricing criteria.
  • Satisfies bid requirements!

MCS…27 states bidding nationally together with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!