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Local dealers passed up on truck purchase

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 – 5:42 am2 Comments

Alpena County is buying a new heavy-duty pickup truck for the airport but it won’t be purchased from a local dealer.

Three bids were received on the truck – from Cliff Anschuetz in Alpena, Fernelius Auto Group in Cheboygan and Gaylord Lincoln-Mercury.  The high bid was received from the Gaylord dealership at $50,045 for a 2011 Ford F-350.  The bids from Fernelius and Anschuetz were both about $4,000 less. 

The Fernelius bid was rejected because the Dodge 350 crew cab it was offering was assembled in Mexico.  The majority of the new vehicle is being purchased with federal funds, which require it to be American made.

The Anschuetz bid was rejected because it did not meet all the specifications listed on the bid document, including the engine size.

“I would have liked to award this locally, “ said County Chairman Cam Habermehl. “But if that’s what the bid sheets said and they didn’t meet them, then I guess we go with the Gaylord dealership.”

All but 2.5-percent of the total purchase price of the truck is covered by federal funding.

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