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Posted 6 months ago

New Purchasing Resource Page

For those of you familiar with the old MEC Purchasing Portal, check out the new META Purchasing Resource Page to find almost everything you need. If it's not there, feel free to contact!

Posted 3 months ago

Purchasing Cooperative Update

Dear Purchasing Members: 

META Solutions recently conducted an organizational analysis. As a result of the analysis, we restructured many positions and departments, including the Purchasing Cooperative. Moving forward, I will be your contact for all things purchasing-related, including the cooperative programs, vendors and initiatives. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with each and every one of you. 
To give you some background on myself, I have worked in the technical and educational markets for the past 27 years, including serving in various capacities at ITCs for the past 18. Prior to the META/SEOVEC merger, I served as the CEO at SEOVEC. While there, I worked closely with the MEC and AEPA Cooperative Purchasing Programs. In addition, I have served on the Board of Directors at OCEPC/AEPA and MCOECN for many years.
I’m thrilled to join the existing purchasing team which includes the very talented Jen Alfman and Tony VanGundy. Together, they bring more than 25 years of experience in purchasing and procurement, specifically as it relates to our food, energy and insurance programs.
Jen was hired by META (formerly MEC) in 2013 as an administrative assistant and quickly moved up the ranks to purchasing coordinator. After the MEC/TRECA merger, Jen served as Columbus’s site facilitator, while handling the cooperative’s insurance program and billing. Moving forward, Jen will be your main point of contact for website questions, vendor updates, bid requests and more. She is excited to transition into a vital part of the purchasing cooperative again to better serve our clients.
Tony also joined META in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the purchasing team. He was hired to head up the development of META’s utility auditing program, a service that helps identify inefficient buildings, billing errors and calculated savings with electric and gas suppliers. Tony has been involved with the purchasing of electric for school districts since the inception of deregulation; a timeframe that spans more than 17 years. Districts have been able to obtain very low costs for power and have saved millions of dollars during this time. With respect to natural gas, META has provided record low costs for the members the last few years, which is an ongoing effort of the Energy Committee spearheaded by Tony.
I appreciate all of your support during this time and look forward to meeting each of you. Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to Jen, Tony or myself at any time. Our contact information is included below.
Jimmy Battrell
Phone: 740-590-2204
Jen Alfman
Phone: 614-934-6510
Tony VanGundy
Phone: 614-934-6533

Thank you!
Jimmy Battrell 

Posted 4 months ago

Meal Rate Increase for META/EPC Commodity Cooperative!

The META/EPC Commodity Cooperative has just received a meal rate increase for all districts in the Coop! Our entitlement was increased from $.32 to $.3484 which amounts to more than $2 million in additional federal dollars for Ohio schools!

This wouldn't be possible without the responsible spending of all of our food service directors throughout the Commodity Coop. Great job all!

Posted 4 months ago


We are excited to announce that starting July 1, 2017, membership to the META Solutions Purchasing Cooperative will be FREE for all educational entities! The META Board of Directors approved the free membership at the January 24, 2017 board meeting.

Additional information will be provided shortly.

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