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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #679JMG

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Monday January 10, 2022

MTS, Inc.Eden Prairie, MN

  • Amount: An estimated $486,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 1/15/2022 through 1/14/2023, 12 months
  • Renewals: None



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0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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 Monday January 10, 2022
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Hydraulic actuators for research and teaching to MTS, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN, for an estimated $486,000.
Hydraulic actuators are needed to conduct structural testing in the High Bay Structures Laboratory for research and teaching purposes. Hydraulic actuators apply force or displacement to a structure under test. Hydraulic actuators apply loads in static, dynamic, and fatigue applications to simulate the forces or displacements imposed on a structure.

Hydraulic service manifolds (HSMs) are needed to provide hydraulic isolation between the hydraulic power unit (HPU) and the test system. HSMs enable smooth transitions of hydraulic pressure to enhance safety and increase control of the hydraulic system during testing. Hydraulic distribution manifolds (HDM) are needed to separate the flow to individual actuators.

A digital universal controller (DUC), application software, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) are needed to define and automate complex structural tests and to acquire, store, and organize electronic data from those tests.

The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is MTS, Inc. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.

Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.

All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.

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:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Sharon Ferguson

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

January 5, 2022
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 31, 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
  • 679JMGMTS.pdf (918 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 679JMGPt2.pdf (85 KB)