Columbia now available to U.S. Communities members

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Columbia Parcar Corp. is a leading American manufacturer of small task-oriented electric vehicles. These vehicles are used as transportation solutions in the public, private and government sectors. Columbia today announced that it has been awarded a contract to distribute Utility, Transportation and Golf Vehicles to the participants of U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. Kansas City, Missouri served as the lead public agency and awarded Columbia the contract after carefully evaluating proposals from several other distributors.

"Columbia was selected through a competitive solicitation process based on its proposal, offering a compelling solution to lower an agency's environmental impact on its community and to show real savings on task-oriented vehicles," said Renee Medlin, Procurement Manager with the City of Kansas City, MO. "The City is excited to have the opportunity to work with U.S. Communities to award this national contract for this powerful offering."

This award represents Columbia's first term as a Utility, Transportation and Golf Vehicles provider through the U.S. Communities cooperative purchasing program. Under this new contract, Columbia will offer Utility Vehicles, People Movers, and Heavy-Duty Industrial vehicles to the more than 90,000 state, local government, K-12, higher education, special districts and non-profit agencies eligible to use the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. Many of these vehicles can be driven on the public roads with speed limits up to 35mph.

"We are excited to establish our relationship with Kansas City and U.S. Communities," said Scott Breckley, Columbia's President. "We believe U.S. Communities customers will now have access to the best electric utility vehicle made in America, our all-new Summit Utilitruck. With our commitment to alternatively fueled vehicles, we can help U.S. Communities and its partnering agencies reduce their green house gas emissions, combat reliance on foreign-oil, and lower transportation costs."

Based in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Columbia is a premier electric vehicle manufacturer whose history dates back to 1946. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world. Vehicles for private use and commercial applications include the efficiency-gaining, stand & ride Chariot™, the Eagle™ Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, and the Summit Utilitruck™ Low Speed Utility Vehicle. For more information visit

Columbia ParCar Corp. is a member of Nordic Group of Companies, Ltd. Nordic Group (headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin) is a privately held holding company consisting of subsidiaries with 22 facilities, and 23 marketing units around the world with over 2,400 associates. Nordic Group companies manufacture and distribute plastic, seating, and transportation products worldwide for industrial, commercial and consumer markets. For more information or catalog, write Nordic Group of Companies, Ltd., 715 Lynn Avenue, Suite 100, Baraboo, WI 53913 USA or visit

About U.S. Communities

U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. U.S. Communities was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors. More than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and nonprofits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than 1.8 billion dollars in products and services annually. This continued growth is fuelled by the program's proven track record of providing public agencies the best overall government pricing and unparalleled value.

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