Blue Bell ice cream is not available to schools this year, but thanks to action by the Board of Trustees of Harris County Department of Education, Dippin’ Dots can be. The board awarded a contract for frozen desserts to Dippin’ Dots, which is available through HCDE Choice Partners cooperative. In addition, new contracts for award jackets, energy conservation, food equipment and construction were also awarded at the August 2015 board meeting. Governmental entities that have signed an interlocal contract with HCDE may access these legally procured contracts.
Newly awarded contracts include
Award Jackets, Screen Printing and Embroidery: Butler Business Products LLC; Corporate Incentives Inc; JW Drouin & Associates dba J. Harding & Company; Keith Kouba dba DBS Texas-Houston; Marketing Magic International Ltd; and Pride and Recognition Inc dba Balfour;
Energy Savings Conservation Services (ESCO): Siemens Industry Inc;
Food Equipment Parts, Repair, Installation, Maintenance and Small Wares: Ace Mart Restaurant Supply Company; Crazy Cousins Inc dba Shepherd Food Equipment; H.A. Franz & Company; Heritage Food Service Group Inc; ISI Commercial Refrigeration Inc; ITW Food Equipment Group LLC dba Hobart Services; Pasco Brokerage Inc; Preferred Foodservice Design/Supply Inc;Tari Inc dba Jean’s Restaurant Supply; Terry Woodard Enterprises Inc dba Kommercial Kitchens; and Texas Food Service Equipment;
Frozen Dessert Products: Champion Concessions dba Dippin’ Dots; and
IDIQ Construction and Maintenance (Job Order Contracting): Alpha Building Corporation; Baseline Paving & Construction Inc; Basic IDIQ Inc; Construction Masters of Houston Inc; Dura Pier Facilities Services Ltd dba Facilities Sources; E Contractors USA LLC; ERC Environmental & Construction Services Inc dba ERC; Horizon International Group LLC; JR Thomas Group Inc dba The Thomas Group Inc; J.T. Vaughn Construction LLC dba Vaughn Construction LLC; KBR Holdings LLC dba Kellogg Brown & Root LLC; Millennium Project Solutions Inc; SETEX Construction Corp; Theodore Sims dba TSG Industries; Tommy Klein Construction Inc; Tricon Inc; and Westco Ventures LLC.
Other contracts that were renewed and are effective immediately through Choice Partners include
Energy Management and Conservation: Ameresco;
Promotional Items: 4imprint; Anderson’s; Authentic Promotions; Butler Business Products LLC; Corporate Incentives Inc; Custom Sportswear Inc; Graphics Unlimited Inc; J. Harding & Company; Popular Embroidery Designs Inc; Positive Promotions Inc; and Rain Ponchos Plus;
Rental, Lease and Purchase of Copiers: Office Systems of Texas; and Zeno Imaging; and
Organizations and governmental entities that became members when contracts were approved by the HCDE board of trustees on Aug. 18 include Beatrice Mays Institute, Houston; Galveston County WCID #1, Dickinson; Hill Country Bible Church, Pflugerville; Lindsay ISD, Lindsay; Meals on Wheels and More, Austin; Muenster ISD, Muenster; Orange County, Orange; San Antonio Little Theater Inc, San Antonio; Southwest Preparatory School District, San Antonio; Travis County Health Care Districts dba Central Health, Austin; and city of Venus.
New out of state members that recently joined include Johnson City Central School District, Johnson City, N.Y.; and Lake Washington School District, Redmond, Wash.
About Choice Partners: Choice Partners national cooperative offers quality, legal procurement and contract solutions to meet the purchasing needs of governmental entities. Contracts are competitively bid so governmental entities can act immediately to access the contract they need, saving time and money on the bidding process and purchase. Choice Partners includes contracts for facilities, food, services, technology and supplies, including a unique supply catalog. For more information, call 877-696-2122 or visit www.choicepartners.org.