Equipment Maintenance Management Program Exceeds University Expectations for Cost Savings and Service: E&I's Specialty Underwriters Contract Delivers Unsurpassed Efficiencies and Support

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Equipment Maintenance Management Program Exceeds University Expectations for Cost Savings and Service: E&I's Specialty Underwriters Contract Delivers Unsurpassed Efficiencies and Support


Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of the nation's most prestigious public research institutions. Serving an enrollment of 18,427 full-time undergraduates, and 10,339 graduate students, it goes without saying that controlling costs is a top priority.

"Our focus on savings is a big reason for our support of E&I's programs," said Mike Durica, Procurement Specialist at Pitt. "We try to use the Cooperative's contracts whenever possible."

E&I is a member-owned, not-for-profit buying cooperative that leverages the power of more than 3,000 institutions to reduce the total costs of goods and services. Members have access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, consulting services, and electronic purchasing platforms. Members also realize significant time efficiencies since the Cooperative manages the entire RFP process.

Pitt's familiarity-and success-with E&I was the impetus behind the university's decision to begin using the Cooperative's Specialty Underwriters (SU) program. As a leading provider of equipment maintenance management programs, Specialty Underwriters offers a reliable, time-proven approach to managing equipment repairs, reducing operating costs and providing ongoing analysis of measuring equipment reliability and vendor performance through key management reporting.

Though Pitt was working with an existing equipment maintenance provider, some ongoing service-related issues prompted management to make a change. "All things considered, it was an easy decision for the university to switch to the Cooperative's program," said Durica.

SU began by working with the Purchasing Department to identify all of the university's equipment under contract with the prior supplier. SU representatives then visited each of the departments on campus to discuss the program and ask for the opportunity to provide a quote for a new maintenance contract. …

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