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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bid #M121319

Invitation for Bid: Sodium Hydroxide & Sulfuric Acid

Award Info Published Wednesday February 26, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: AC Gentrol, Inc., Chillicothe, IL
Amount: An estimated $120,000
An estimated start date of 3/16/2020 through 9/30/2022
Number of unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 1
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Monday January 13, 2020
Addendum 1 is attached.
First published Thursday, December 19, 2019
Sealed bids will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Wednesday January 15, 2020:
At the following address:
Procurement Services
900 South Normal Avenue
Woody Hall, Room 449
Carbondale, IL 62901
Southern Illinois University Carbondale requests responses from responsible vendors to meet its needs. A brief description is set forth below, with detailed requirements in subsequent sections of this solicitation. If you are interested and able to meet these requirements, the University appreciates and welcomes a response. Brief Description: Plant and Service Operations (PSO) has an ongoing need for sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid to be used at the Power Plant for the period through September 30, 2022.
Registration for conducting business with the State of Illinois: (30 ILCS 500/20-43) Sec. 20-43. Bidder or offeror authorized to do business in Illinois. In addition to meeting any other requirement of law or rule, a person (other than an individual acting as a sole proprietor) may qualify as a bidder or offeror under this Code only if the person is a legal entity authorized to do business in Illinois prior to submitting the bid, offer, or proposal. The legal entity must be authorized to transact business or conduct affairs in Illinois prior to execution of the contract. Do not confuse this requirement with the Board of Elections certification. You may register to do business at
If you do $50,000 worth of business annually with the State of Illinois, including the state universities, you are required to register with the State Board of Elections and obtain from them a certificate confirming your registration. If it is discovered that the vendor is non-compliant, but made a good faith effort to comply with registration efforts prior to the date the bid or offer is due, a chief procurement officer may provide the bidder 5 business days to achieve compliance. A chief procurement officer may extend the time to prove compliance by as long as necessary in the event that there is a failure within the State Board of Election?s registration system. Responses to Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Information, and all other types of procurement solicitations are included in the calculation of this $50,000 annual amount, whether you receive a resulting award or not. If you do less than $50,000 worth of business annually, you may be exempt from the registration requirement.
Please include your Illinois Procurement Gateway registration number. If you are not registered, you may register at It is highly recommended that your register with the Illinois Procurement Gateway. You do not have to be registered at the time of bid opening to be in compliance.
There is a pre-submission teleconference scheduled for this solicitation on January 7, 2020 at 10:00am. The phone number to join this teleconference is 1-877-937-7966. Passcode is 1398794. We will discuss the BEP and State of Illinois requirements. It is highly recommended that you attend this teleconference.
The University will be closed December 23, 2019 through January 1, 2020. No one will be available to answer questions during this time.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Eric Massey
Phone: (618) 453-6715
FAX: (618) 453-6714
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Steve Todt
There is a 20 percent BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.
The University reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses or parts thereof.
Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) eligibility number is required on all proposals, if applicable.
The contract(s) for this solicitation could exceed $50,000 annually.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Specification Documents
  • M121319SodiumHydroxideandSulfuricAcid.pdf (686 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • M121319Addendum1.pdf (1 MB)
  • M121319BEPUtilizationPlanACGentrol.pdf (1 MB)
  • M121319BidSummary.pdf (149 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • M121319BidOpeningInfo.pdf (357 KB)