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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
SoleSource #5606

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday December 15, 2021

ABECBethlehem, PA

  • Amount: $895,000
  • Terms: One-time transaction



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The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Tuesday December 14, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Sharon Ferguson.
First published Tuesday, November 23, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Working Volume Steam Stabilizer Bio-reactor to ABEC, Bethlehem, PA, for $895,000.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is looking to purchase a 100 Liter Working Volume Steam Stabilizer Bio-reactor manufactured to current CGMP standards for its National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) as part of its Wet Lab Capital Expansion Grant. The new system will duplicate the interior sizing and agitation type of NCERC's current 100 liter bottom agitated bio-reactor. It is in the best interest of the NCERC financially to maintain compatibility with the existing ABEC bio-reactors in the pilot plant fermentation suite. The system will contain all the necessary software and automated valves for process automation and CIP & SIP procedures. Open access software will be provided for process configuration-recipe management, allowing for diverse cultivation-fermentation experiments.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Gina Grace
Purchasing Campus Box 1012
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1012
Phone: (618) 650-3522
FAX: (618) 650-3251
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

December 15, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
December 10, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327

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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Sole Source Justification
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