Navistar’s commercial bus and truck brands — IC Bus and International Truck — as well as its parts business, have each been awarded cooperative contracts through Sourcewell, a government agency.
Sourcewell focuses on helping other government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits operate more efficiently, according to the agency’s website.
The contracts designate the vehicle manufacturers and parts business as verified sellers to over 65,000 nonprofit organizations that are participating agencies of Sourcewell, according to a news release from Navistar. Those agencies include state and local governments, public and private education, research agencies, charity industries, and food banks across the U.S. and Canada. The new contracts, which are established for the next four years, went into effect at the beginning of 2021.
While International Truck has been a Sourcewell contract holder since 2016, this is the first time IC Bus and Navistar’s parts business have been awarded contracts.
“Through this program, nonprofit organizations that are Sourcewell members are able to purchase our industry-leading vehicles without having to spend time and money on the bid process,” said Mark Stasell, vice president, vocational truck, Navistar.
The new cooperative contracts will save participating organizations time and money by eliminating much of the work associated with the bidding process for International and IC Bus vehicles, including spec’ing equipment and advertising and evaluating bids. This work is instead done by Sourcewell and allows participating organizations to jump straight to a purchase order (P.O.) offer, which is intented to vastly speed up the time to equipment delivery.
For parts, Sourcewell members can purchase parts from any dealership within the network at any time and can leverage the buying power of the collective group.
All International Truck and IC Bus models are available through the contract.
“We are happy to work with Sourcewell to provide school districts and nonprofits access to our industry-leading products that otherwise might not have had the resources to do so,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager of IC Bus.