They serve no purpose except to cheat you (the taxpayer) out of billions of dollars. They do this through "Cozy" arrangements with Purchasing Agencies that eliminate, or severely restrict competition to favor only one material manufacturer.
In other words, there is absolutely no incentive to compete for your hard earned taxpayer dollars.
There are only a handful of people in North America who fight hard against "The Machine" for you.
Often wondering why major roofing material manufacturers do not stand up to blatant abuse of the law, I'd now like to use Carlisle-Syntec as an example of how it CAN BE DONE! I finally see someone with the courage and spine to fight. And, WIN!
In previous posts here, I've described GAF, Firestone, and Carlisle-Syntec as HONEST roofing material manufacturers. Today I would like to congratulate, and acknowledge, Carlisle-Syntec's stand against taxpayer abuse. I happen to know the people at Carlisle-Syntec to be honorable.
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CV school district settles lawsuit with Carlisle SynTec Systems employees:
Posted earlier on Cumberlink:
Cumberland Valley School District recently settled a lawsuit in which it agreed to stop using cooperative purchasing programs for roofing projects.
Nicholas Shears and Michael DuCharme, both employees of Carlisle SynTec Systems, filed the lawsuit in June 2009 which contends the district’s use of a purchasing cooperative skirts state competitive bidding laws, resulting in higher costs for taxpayers.
While the district admits no wrongdoing, it has agreed to comply with state competitive bidding laws and cease the use of purchasing cooperatives, SynTec spokesman Brandon Peach said in a press release issued Monday.
“We’re glad the school district understands it can save taxpayer money by competitively bidding projects requiring roof work to ensure that the most qualified option is selected,” said DuCharme, director of product marketing for the company.
“Unfortunately, the well-intended cooperative purchasing method has resulted in inflated costs due to the inherent complexity of construction work,” DuCharme added.
Check Cumberlink and Tuesday's print edition of The Sentinel for more on this story.