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Doing Business with BWL

  • We are pleased to meet all suppliers interested in selling materials and providing services to the BWL. We work with suppliers to maintain and develop strong, competitive business relationships that are mutually beneficial. We are supportive of local suppliers and the economic contributions they make to the Lansing area and they play an important role in our supply chain.

    This information is designed to assist and guide all interested suppliers who wish to engage in business with the Board of Water and Light (BWL). We hope this information provides effective insight into our process for conducting business. Along with this information, we extend an invitation for you to ask any questions or express any concerns that may improve our business relationship.

Material & Services

Purchasing & Warehousing is the BWL department responsible for Purchasing, Receiving, Inventory Management, Warehousing, and Investment Recovery. We purchase all items except coal, which is handled through the BWL Production Process. Our staff resources include a Manager, Warehouse Supervisor, Production Material Planner, Buyers, Material Control Specialist, and Stock Distribution Specialists.

We are authorized to purchase supplies, equipment and services for the BWL and ensure that the purchasing policies and procedures of the BWL are properly administered to comply with federal, state and local guidelines.

All initial sales representative contacts with BWL departments should be arranged through a Purchasing & Warehousing Buyer. If a review of your business capabilities looks like it is a match for our needs, the Buyer will enter your business information into our Vendor Database and create a BWL Vendor Number for your business. The Buyer will also assist you in identifying other BWL departments and employees that you should meet with who may be interested in your materials or services. When suppliers bypass this portion of the process and go directly to the BWL departments before meeting with a Buyer, the contract award process may be delayed significantly due to issues related to Tax Exemption Status, Credit Applications, legal requirements, etc.

Suppliers may complete our Supplier Application form by downloading the document from this web site and faxing it to (517) 702-6042. Click here to display the form.

Some items that the BWL purchases, such as electric line hardware and safety items are covered by stringent technical specifications and/or standards. Manufacturers and distributors and their products must be evaluated by the BWL Standards Engineer or the Safety Administrator prior to being placed on the BWL bid list. A buyer will be happy to assist suppliers with this process.

As a public utility, we conduct our business in an open and competitive fashion in accordance with regulations approved by our Board of Commissioners. A brief outline of our regulations is as follows:

  • The BWL Procurement Policy is based on a competitive bid process. Purchases are made on the basis of the best-evaluated bid, which may include quantity, quality, service (which includes delivery) competitive market prices, value added services, and risk assessment.

  • BWL has high ethical standards. The provisions of the City of Lansing’s Ethics Ordinance cover doing business with the BWL.

  • In accordance with the Ethics Ordinance, suppliers should not offer gifts to BWL employees. We prefer that incentives be expressed in terms of quality, service and bid price.

  • Suppliers who are related to a BWL employee should contact Bruce Cook at (517) 702-6598 to discuss the Ethics Ordinance prior to doing any business with the BWL.

  • All BWL employees are covered by the Ethics Ordinance and should contact Bruce Cook at (517) 702-6598 if they have an outside business.

  • As a public agency, all business transactions are a matter of public record. Business should be conducted in a sincere, open and fair manner. It is expected that all pricing, service and delivery agreements will be adhered to.

  • No materials may be shipped nor any service performed with a value over $15,000 without competitive bids and a BWL purchase order. The preferred method of purchasing items and/or services with a value under $5,000 is the BWL Procurement Card.

$15,000 and Under Bids are not required. The decision to obtain bids is up to the professional judgment of the buyer or BWL employee if using a procurement card.
Over $15,000 Bids are required unless specifically exempted. Bids may be electronic, written, or faxed.
Over $100,000 Sealed written bids or proposals are required unless specifically exempted. A bid or proposal opening will be held.

Types of Contracts

The standard contract form used by the BWL for routine purchases is a Purchase Order. Non-standard contracts may be written for specific purchases. Purchasing issues all Purchase Orders.

Contracts are managed by a Buyer and normally involve sending a Contract Release Purchase Order document to the supplier when materials or services are required.

BWL suppliers shall prepay freight charges so that BWL does not receive a separate invoice from the freight company. Terms are FOB Destination, Freight Prepaid.

The BWL is not responsible for payment of unauthorized purchases made without a Purchase Order or in violation of our Procurement Card policy.

Procurement Cards (Credit Cards)

To increase efficiency and reduce administrative overhead, the BWL prefers to make small dollar purchases with our corporate credit cards (called PCards). PCards can also be used for larger purchases with special arrangements through a BWL Buyer. The credit card is to be used only by the named cardholder. The cardholder may NOT make personal purchases on the card.

Insurance Requirements

Certificates of insurance evidencing the following coverage are required from all suppliers performing services on the premises of the BWL: Commercial general liability and auto liability insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000 each occurrence, and naming BWL as an additional insured, and Workers’ compensation coverage in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan.

Invoice Processing

All invoices are processed through Financial Services, Accounts Payable department. If there are any questions concerning invoice processing please direct them by e-mail to bwlinvoices@lbwl.com, or

Accounts Payable

Board of Water and Light
PO Box 13007
Lansing, MI 48901
(517) 702-6188


All deliveries should be made to the BWL Delivery Location specified on the Purchase Order. The BWL purchase order number and the name of the BWL employee who placed the order must appear on all shipments, delivery slips, and invoices.

The BWL provides water, electric and steam service to the greater Lansing area and requires a wide variety of commodities and services to support and maintain our operations. We purchase everything from power plant equipment and parts to office supplies, laboratory equipment, computer products, vehicles, etc. We contract for services that we cannot provide with our own internal labor force, such as temporary staffing, catering, engineering, utility-related consulting, equipment repair, etc. To see what we buy click here.

Electrical & Mechanical Equipment

  • Transformers, Regulators, Switches, Capacitors
  • Wire, Conduit & Connectors
  • Relays, Controls & Relay Boards
  • Meters & Regulators
  • Measuring Equipment & Dampers
  • Poles, Cross Arms & Pole Line Hardware
  • Street Lighting & Lamps
  • Generators & Compressors
  • Motors & Motor Controls
  • Fabricated Steel Products
  • Fire Protection Equipment & Supplies
  • Pipe, Tubing & Pipe Fittings
  • Concrete Boxes, Manhole Frames & Cover Tools

Information Technology Products

  • Computers & Supplies
  • Software License Agreements
  • Computer Programming Services
  • Telephones, Cell Phones, Pagers
  • Telecommunications Equipment


  • HVAC Repair and Maintenance
  • Electric Line Construction & Water Line Construction
  • Professional & Consulting Services
  • Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Services
  • Employment Agencies

Electric Power Plant Parts

  • Boiler Replacement Parts
  • Coal Conveyor Parts
  • Monitoring System Equipment
  • Valves, Bearings
  • Chemical Treatment Equipment
  • Treatment Chemicals

Office Equipment & Supplies

  • Printed Material
  • Office & Computer Supplies
  • Reproduction Supplies
  • Promotional Items
  • Signs, Decals, Labels, Rubber Stamps
  • Furniture & Fixtures

Industrial Supplies

  • Tools
  • Safety Equipment
  • Paints, Varnishes, Thinners, Protective Coatings
  • Compressed Gases
  • Janitorial Supplies and Chemicals
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Uniforms, Raingear & Boots

Fleet Equipment & Services

  • Vehicles & Parts
  • Maintenance & Repair Services
  • Construction Equipment
  • Vehicle & Equipment Rental Agreements
  • Petroleum Products

Vendor Application

All prospective new vendors and suppliers of the BWL will need to complete two forms. Please fill out and submit the online Vendor Application form below. The W-9 form will have to be submitted as an attachment together with the Certificate of Insurance to purchasing@lbwl.com or both can be faxed to (517) 702-6042.

» Supplier Application Form

» Download W-9: Standard Government Form

Policies & Procedures

BWL Purchasing Policy

BWL Procurement Procedures

Tax Exemption

» Download Tax Exemption Certificate

BWL Safety Manual

» Download Manual

How do I get on your bid list for projects?

Complete the online Vendor Application, located under the tab titled “Vendor Resources”. Be sure to remember to submit your W-9 and Certificate of Insurance to purchasinginfo@lbwl.com after completing the application. Your application will NOT be processed until you submit all three documents. This will add your company into our Vendor database so you will be included in upcoming bid opportunities for the products/services you provide.

How do you determine who is awarded a bid? It is solely based on lowest price?

Price is always a contributing factor, but not the only factor. We also consider other deliverables such as service, quality, and estimated time of delivery.

Where can I find bid tabulations from RFPs?

The BWL does not release that information without following the proper public disclosure guidelines for information available under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If you would like to submit a request, the FOIA request guidelines are available under the “Vendor Resources” tab.

Do you sell used utility poles or wood reels?

Yes, please visit our Public Notice of Scrap Treated Wood Sales page for more information.

Do you sell items such as used fire hydrants and furniture as well?

Yes, please visit our Public Notice of Surplus Property page for more information.

Where do I drop off used manhole frames?

These are surplus from the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project and are not to be returned to BWL, but to the City Maintenance Department off of South Street.

Mailing Address

Lansing Board of Water and Light
Purchasing & Warehousing Department
PO Box 13007
Lansing, MI 48901

Business Hours

Receiving hours for deliveries at the warehouse are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Purchasing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors are welcome during those hours. Suppliers are required to call ahead and make an appointment to see a buyer so you can be assured that they will be available. The administrative assistant will direct visitors to the appropriate personnel for assistance. Make each visit a beneficial one. Bring us a new idea, approach, or product.

Office Address & Location

Purchasing & Warehousing is located at 1232 Haco Drive, Lansing, Michigan, 48912.

Phone & Fax

Office Telephone: (517) 702-6198
Office Fax: (517) 702-6042


Manager: Bruce Cook
Warehouse Supervisor: John Thomas Jr. – Inventory, warehousing, delivery, and storage services.
Production Material Planner: Dane Stuible - Production inventory analysis, daily stock operations, and investment recovery.
Buyer: Tad Miller– Energy and Eco-Strategies, Project Engineering, Laboratory Services, Environmental Services, Market Operations, Reliability Compliance, Customer Projects and Development, Planning.
Buyer: Cathy Davila – Water & Steam distribution material and services, Water Production Services, safety equipment, industrial tools, bulk chemicals, excavating, aggregates.
Buyer: Jeff Schwarz - Electric line hardware and meters, street lighting, traffic signals, vegetation management services.
Buyer: Greta Marcussen – Production Material, Electric Production Procurements, Fleet Services and equipment, Plant Asset Management, Coal, building supplies & maintenance, office supplies.
Buyer: Tony DeLuca - Chief Executive Office, Emergency Planning and Security, Public Affairs, Human Resources and Training, Finance and Administration, Enterprise Information Management, Information Technology (computers, software, and network services), Customer Services, and Customer Choice Approved Contractor Program.
Material Control Specialist: Jason Houghton and Nadim Salim – Inventory cycle counting, reconciliation, inventory reduction, cupboard storage, facility layout, reporting.
Stock Distribution Specialists: Joan Waterbury, Steve VanDerMeer, Hamzah Al-Sultan, Kevin Sherman, Richard Trevino, Anthony Guzman, Scott Jimenez - Material receiving, warehousing, delivery.