Dispensers free from vendor; new contract saves money
November 1, 2016
You can't help but notice them. And then you, like many others, might ask: Did CMU really spend money on new soap dispensers?
The answer: No. In fact, we're saving a bit of money — $6,000 a year.
The contract for liquid hand soap was up for renewal and put out for bid. Michigan-based KSS Enterprises won the contract. Just like when the previous vendor came in eight years ago, the new provider changed out all the soap dispensers — for free — to fit its refills, said Mary Hill, associate vice president of financial services and reporting/controller.
The company suggested maroon dispensers with the CMU word mark to reinforce the university brand in an unexpected way.
Fun Facts of CMU's Soap Opera of 2016
- More than 1,600 liquid soap dispensers are being replaced — at no cost to CMU.
- CMU uses about 570 gallons of liquid hand soap each year.
- Each new dispenser holds 42 ounces of soap.
- The KSS Enterprises contract is worth $12,500 a year.
- Yes, University Communications' brand experts approved the dispenser design.
Wash your hands. The Centers for Disease Control calls hand-washing a do-it-yourself vaccine. CDC guidelines say maximum germ destruction occurs if you scrub long enough to hum "Happy Birthday" twice. (Editor's note: Hum the CMU fight song once. Fire Up Chips!)