BRETFORD AND E&I INTRODUCE COMPETITIVE CONTRACT FOR TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED FURNITURE

New Contract Provides E&I Members with Significant Savings on Bretford
Furniture for Education and Healthcare

CHICAGO and JERICHO, NY — May 30, 2013 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of progressive furniture solutions that improve how people work and learn, and E&I Cooperative Purchasing, the premier buying consortium for education, have announced a new competitively-awarded contract. All Bretford technology-enabled furniture for K-12, higher education and healthcare applications is now available to E&I members (contract number CNR01331), effective immediately.

Comprised of nearly 3,000 schools and hospitals throughout the U.S., E&I leverages the strength of the cooperative’s membership to offer best value solutions on a broad range of products and services. The Bretford/E&I contract is a pre-competed, publicly-solicited bid, which members can utilize to help streamline the buying process.

Phil Cloutier, vice president of sales, marketing and customer care for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. explained, “We entered the relationship with E&I as a means to provide our dealer partners and end user customers in education and healthcare with a credible and powerful best-value contracting vehicle to access technology-enabled furniture from Bretford.” He continued, “As a result of the Bretford/E&I contract, E&I members now have access to the Bretford published portfolio for library, commons, café, training, conference, teaming, classroom and media environments. Most importantly, this new contract helps expedite the integration of technology-enabled furniture into schools and hospitals where it is needed the most.”

“Bretford is a proven leader in the technology-enabled furniture arena and we are excited to align ourselves with this forward-thinking organization,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I Cooperative. “In addition to providing outstanding furniture design options and significant savings, Bretford is also committed to maintaining high environmental standards and supporting the sustainable efforts of our members.”

To become a listed Bretford/E&I dealer, please contact Bretford Regional Sales Managers for more information. E&I members interested in utilizing the Bretford/E&I contract should visit www.bretford.com/contracts/list/cooperative/ for additional details.

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For more information about Bretford visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf. For more information about E&I Cooperative, please go to: www.eandi.org.

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