Spartanburg Steel Products (SSP) is accepting bids for Packaging initially for 2 campus facilities (BU1, BU2).
Currently only one building receives deliveries but the second building may in
the future. Other
locations may leverage this award. The term of the agreement subject to the
award herein is for a five (5) year period plus ongoing extensions based on
Please read this complete eBid, all email notices, attachments, and the Sorcity
Member Agreement, in full, so you understand the bid guidelines and are properly
prepared to bid if your company qualifies and would like to gain this business.
This is a facility-wide program to purchase through this award, providing
assurance to the awarded bidder that the dollar value awarded is intended to be
met and exceeded, as Spartanburg has forecasted a 100% increase in business
based on business already booked. This increase in business is not reflected in
the volumes listed here-in, as specific line-item increase have not yet been
finalized, but these added volumes will be included in this award, so price
The Buyer would like to establish a long-term relationship with a
Supplier who is able to provide the products, quality, and service-levels
outlined. The anticipated award date is shown in the Key Dates below with a
contract start date of January 9, 2023.
Although price is an important factor, this is not a price-only decision.
Other considerations include: quality, service-levels, responsiveness,
acceptance of Buyers‘ standard terms and conditions, testing of substitutes,
relationship, and samples. After the bidding ends, the Buyer may contact several
low bidders to further understand capabilities and additional benefits you might
have to offer, before an award is made (see Key Dates below). This is also an
opportunity to begin establishing relationships..
To ensure the bid process remains fair, any direct contact with the Buying
Organization regarding this opportunity, during or after this bid process, until
the Buyer contacts you, will cause you to be in violation of the bid process and
be eligible for penalties (see
Sorcity Member Agreement).
Spartanburg Steel, established in 1962, is one of 13 companies that are in the
portfolio of the Reserve Group.
The Reserve Group, established in 1995, is a family based private equity firm
whose senior professionals have extensive experience working with middle market
companies. The Group specializes in the acquisition, management, revitalization,
and expansion of basic manufacturing companies. Over the years they have taken
companies that they manage to a higher level of performance by focusing on
profitability, stability, and growth. Further, The Reserve Group determines the
highest and best use of each operation at every level, studying new and existing
markets, implementing best business practices, and underscoring its agenda with
effective business strategy and business planning.
The Reserve Group has established a reputation for fostering long-term
relationships with all its business associates, especially currently managed and
operated companies. Their philosophy, approach to management, and its people are
the key factors that distinguish them in the market place.
THE RESERVE GROUP PORTFOLIO:
Spartanburg Steel Products, Inc. - specializes in the design,
development, and manufacturing of high-quality complex metal stampings and
welded assemblies. Industries served include automotive, heavy-truck, power
lawn & garden, construction, utility, and off-road vehicle OEM
Great Lakes Casting - produces and delivers both high and low volume
castings to customers across North America. Industries served include
construction, valve, pump, agricultural, gas, automotive, HVAC and many
Forged Products, Inc. - specializes in open-die, closed-die, and
extrusion forging methodologies to manufacture custom forgings in a wide
variety of sizes and configurations in weights ranging from 40 to 55,000
AMG Industries - established in 1904, specializes in the design,
development, and manufacturing of highly specialized stampings, complex
welded assemblies, and fabricated stainless steel and carbon steel
Gautier Steel - is a hot rolled carbon and alloy bar manufacturer
located in Johnstown, PA. Gautier processes MBQ (Merchant Bar Quality), SBQ
(Special Bar Quality) and ACQ (Aircraft Quality Bar) billets into precision
hot rolled flats, squares, and asymmetrical special shapes on three
versatile bar mills. Industries served include machine tool, construction,
cold drawing, agriculture, service center, material handling, railroad,
mining, and primary aluminum.
Lee Brass Foundry - located in Anniston, Alabama. The company pours
12 different copper-based alloys to serve their three major markets of
marine, plumbing, and industrial as well as commercial OEM.
End Welding – Located in Kent Ohio, EEW provides ASME and AWS certified
welding, complete metal forming and fabrication, boilers and pressure
vessels, oversized capacity machining of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.
Romeo Rim, Incc. - the largest manufacturer of RIM (Reaction Injection
Molding) composite components in North America. Romeo RIM produces its
proprietary HELP (High Energy Level Polymer) energy absorbing bumpers
recognized as the industry standard for excellence in the mass transit
industry along with the largest custom components for blue chip customers in
the agricultural, heavy truck, specialty automotive, and leisure industries.
Scotland Manufacturing Co., Inc. - has a range of capabilities with
presses running from 100 – 1,000 tons. The Company specializes in the areas
of refrigerant, compressor housing, filter shells, and other deep-drawn /
progressive / transfer stampings for the industrial, automotive,
agricultural, and heavy truck industries.
Sharpsville Container Corporation - manufactures a wide range of
stainless steel and plastic containers for the food, chemical,
petrochemical, and pharmaceutical markets, ranging in size from 1 gallon to
5,000 gallons. The company also manufactures disposable gas cylinders.
Superior Fabrication - a master fabricator of heavy-duty steel parts,
components, and assemblies. Supplies forklift masts and carriages, oil and
gas pump frames, and contract fabrications to heavy equipment manufacturers.
Integrated Biometrics - designs and manufactures the world’s
lightest, fastest, most accurate, FBI-Certified fingerprint sensors for
solution providers building advanced biometric enrollment and verification
Sorcity follows the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Ethics Guidelines,
so implemented the following bid guidelines to ensure bidders are treated
fairly. Please adhere to the following. Failure to do so may result in penalties
and disqualification from this and future opportunities:
Perform honorably and follow
the instructions in the Sorcity emails, reminders, and updates.
Bids will only be accepted
through Sorcity. Bidding in any other manner or attempting to sell to one of
the Buyer's locations directly is Not permitted. We look forward to your
participation and help in maintaining the integrity of this fair and
objective bid process.
No assumptions are to be
made. Content not contained in this ebid and related documents do not apply,
unless approved in writing by the Buyer and Sorcity.
By placing a bid in this
Event, your firm agrees to all terms stated in the Sorcity Member Agreement
and contained in this and all related documents, except for any exceptions
that are granted in writing by Sorcity or the Buyer, or through the Question
& Answer page.
All questions or exceptions
should be entered above through the [View & Ask Questions] button. Questions
are anonymous and Answers will be posted for all Suppliers to view.
To speak to a representative,
call the Contact number above. Any direct contact with Buyer, regarding this
bid is prohibited, until the Buyer contacts you following the bidding.
Substitutes of equivalent or
better quality and performance will be allowed and are subject to post bid
samples, testing, and evaluation by the Buyer.
The quantities listed in the
attached Line Item Worksheet (LIW) are anticipated to be the minimum
purchase over the term, based on the last 12-months of actual usage.
This is not a commitment to
buy all quantities of all line items listed, but a good faith effort to meet
or exceed the dollar amount awarded for goods in this packaging category,
which may also include other items, parts, and tools not listed, if offered
extensions, renewals, or other Reserve Group locations that buy this
category of goods from the awarded Supplier will be governed by the same
Agreement as this Event.
Fulfillment of award is
measured on the dollar value you are awarded compared to all orders made by
the Buyer over the term, including those unfulfilled by Supplier, and is not
limited to the items listed in the LIW.
Suppliers should know that
the Buyer does not intend to award at a price higher than what they are
currently paying, outside of index adjustments, so bid aggressively.
LINE ITEM WORKSHEET (LIW):
If you are able to provide
and bid on ALL items listed and meet all terms and conditions stated, then
you are invited to bid in this eBid Event. You may not bid otherwise. You
may ask for exceptions in the Q&A above.
Sorcity is providing you this
Item Worksheet as one of the bid documents, to list your per unit
pricing, which will automatically calculate the “Total” bid price. Only the
“Total” from the Worksheet may be entered as your bid in the online Event.
Do not attempt to enter line item prices online or your bid will be
Be sure to save the Line Item Worksheet to your desktop first, and
then use it to work up your Bid. This will allow you to promptly return your
completed copy of the worksheet once the bidding ends.
Follow the instructions, which include filling in all items highlighted in
green such as your Dun & Bradstreet number, Category Discount, and Per Unit Prices, as it is
part of your reply to this bid package.
The estimated quantities listed in the Line Item Worksheet are 5-year
quantities and are expected to be the minimum purchased over the next
5-years, based on historical usage and a 100% growth forecast of booked
business (not included in listed volumes).
Any substitutes bid must include the description in the yellow highlighted
To avoid mistakes and ensure that you can enter a bid online, you must email
your initially completed Line Item Worksheet to Sorcity 3-days before bid
day (see Key Dates below).
SUBMITTING YOUR COMPLETED FINAL LINE ITEM WORKSHEET IS A REQUIREMENT AND
MUST BE RETURNED TO SORCITY WITHIN (1) HOUR AFTER THE BID ENDS, regardless of your bid position. Failure to do so may render your bid
unacceptable and invoke penalties.
Buyer will not pay for samples or delivery.
Require a few sample bags for each type of bag listed.
No sample needed for strapping and banding.
Samples delivered to: Spartanburg, SC 29303. Address given when samples are
The Buyer would like to meet with one or more qualified bidders following bid
end, per the Key Dates below, to discuss quotation, terms, price-flux clause,
and any additional benefits the Supplier would like to offer. Please enter your
preferred meeting times in the LIW, where indicated, so meeting times are
reserved in advance and the award schedule is not impacted.
LOCATIONS: (There are
2 next-door production locations included in this bid)
KEY DATES: Anticipated for Award (U.S. Central Time)
You may view this in your
time zone from your Supplier Steps page.
Confirm your intent to bid
Provide Approval Contacts
Register with Sorcity (no cost to join)
Enter questions or request exceptions online
Send Sorcity Initial Line Item Worksheet Pricing
Wait for Access to Bid
Final bid due for Event #4906 - Packaging
Return final Line Item Worksheet
Buyer will contact low bidders
Samples due, if requested by the Buyer
Meet with Buyer as scheduled
Buyer will award to best qualified Supplier
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RFQ Service Requirements:
Lead time for poly bags is
VMI is not a requirement but is
permitted, supplier assumes liability for any production downtime costs
resulting from insufficient packaging supply levels.
Supplier must be able to
deliver 1-2 times a week.
Substitutes are acceptable
provided they are approved by the packaging engineer & the buyer for
competitiveness, sustainability, and suitability.
Emergency contact & service is
Minimum of quarterly onsite
visits with supplier representative, buyer & packaging engineer to discuss
cost savings ideas.
Time is of the essence
regarding deliveries. Stock outs can lead to downtime.
A reliable supply of packaging
is crucial to our business and SSP’s expectation is that the supplier
maintain a stable supply chain.
Supplier can bid delivery to 1
location. Buyer may add next door drop later.
Additional volumes, extensions, renewals, or other Reserve Group
locations that buy this category of goods from the awarded Supplier will be
governed by the same Agreement and term as this Event.
Agreement to Spartanburg
Steel Products Terms and Conditions required (Click
here to review). In the case of any term conflicts, those listed on this page take precedence over the attached terms.
Shipping terms: F.O.B.
Delivered. All shipping costs must be included in your per unit prices. For
example, if your per unit price is $1.00 and your shipping cost is $.10
cents, then the per unit price in your bid would be $1.10 to include
Buyer prefers payment terms
of Net 60 Days unless that raises your prices, then 45-day or 30-day payment
terms will be considered and may be bid in this ebid.
If an item is discontinued
then it must be replaced by a Buyer-accepted substitute at the same or lower
price as in your Line Item Worksheet submitted to Sorcity at bid end.
Due to market demand and
possible supply constrictions, if the supplier is unable to fulfill an order
within the normal timeframe, the Buyer may secure that portion of the order
from an alternate supplier. All orders made, whether fulfilled by the
awarded Supplier or not, counts towards the total award fulfillment.
Supplier must report all unfulfilled orders to the Buyer and Sorcity upon
Buyer may terminate this
contract, or any part thereof, based on Supplier performance issues, by
written notice (60) days in advance, provided the issues identified by the
Buyer are not corrected to the satisfaction of the Buyer within (60) days
from the occurrence.
Supplier must be able to
provide proof of insurance.
Orders to be placed via min
max control by SSP to supplier via email.
Confirmation of order receipt
A blanket PO will be
referenced on each invoice.
Special POs can be issued
for non-typical items.
If you are bidding Substitute
items, then the Buyer may request samples after the bidding ends, for
quality assurance before an official award is made, per the Key Dates above
Awarded Seller must honor their bid prices, per the terms stated
including price-fluctuation clause, until any ongoing business under this
award has been terminated.
Prices must be fixed for
30-day periods. Based on the CDI Linear Low Density resin index: 1.
prices may be adjusted up if the index rises in .03 increments, or 2. Prices must be reduced
if the index drops, or 3. Prices will remain the same if there is no change
in the index at the quarterly period.
Price change index and
formula must be mutually agreed-to between Buyer and Supplier, and
documented by the Supplier to the Buyer and Sorcity, no later than the day
of award. You may offer an alternative index and formula at Buyer meeting,
but must bid the CDI index above.
Price increase is only
permitted if verifiable documentation is sent to the Buyer at least 10-days
prior to the end of the current 30-day period to be approved or denied.
If a price decrease was not
reported by the Supplier on time, then a 1% price reduction, in addition to
the index price reduction that should have been provided at the beginning of
that period, will be retroactively provided to the Buyer for that periods'
total quantity ordered.
If awarded you must honor
your prices bid, per the terms stated (including price-fluctuation clause),
until business has been terminated by the Buyer in writing.
Spartanburg Steel is committed to working with suppliers who adhere to our
quality requirements and business principles documented in the Spartanburg Steel
Code of Conduct [SSP to provide Sorcity] (Click
here to review).
We appreciate your participation in this eBid opportunity!
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