Written bids will be requested on purchases estimated to exceed $3,000 in value, with the exception of food which has a maximum of $7,000. Sealed bids will be requested on purchases exceeding $10,000.
When purchases are bid, three or more qualified sources will be requested to bid. When it is in NMU's best interest, the Manger of Purchasing may authorize an exception to this policy. When an exception is made to the bidding process, the reason for the exception will be documented. Examples of such exceptions would be: three sources not available, sole source, compatibility with existing equipment, specialized service, an emergency situation or factory direct purchase.
Purchases that are covered by an existing contract, such as State of Michigan, Educational & Institutional Co-op, Hospital Purchasing Service, Michigan Association of College & University Purchasing Agents or Northern Michigan University, do not have to be bid.