Doing Business With BWL

The BWL works 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.

This information is designed to guide all interested suppliers who wish to engage in business with the BWL. We encourage you to ask questions or express concerns that may improve our business relationships.

Getting Started

Material & Services

All initial sales contacts with BWL departments should be arranged through a Purchasing & Warehousing Buyer. 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.

Some vendor products, such as electric line hardware, are covered by stringent technical specifications and/or standards. These products must be evaluated by the BWL Standards Engineer or the Safety Administrator prior to being placed on the BWL bid list.

Vendor Resources

Application Forms

All prospective vendors and suppliers will need to submit two forms, including the Vendor Application form below. A W-9 form will have to be submitted as an attachment together with the Certificate of Insurance to purchasing@lbwl.com.

Documents 

How We Buy

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 are available for review, which includes:

  • Procurement policy
  • Types of projects
  • Procurement cards (credit cards)
  • Insurance requirements
  • Invoice processing
  • Deliveries

What We Buy

The BWL 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. 

  • 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
  • Boiler Replacement Parts
  • Coal Conveyor Parts
  • Monitoring System Equipment
  • Valves, Bearings
  • Chemical Treatment Equipment
  • Treatment Chemicals
  • Tools
  • Safety Equipment
  • Paints, Varnishes, Thinners, Protective Coatings
  • Compressed Gases
  • Janitorial Supplies and Chemicals
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Uniforms, Raingear & Boots
  • 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
  • Printed Material
  • Office & Computer Supplies
  • Reproduction Supplies
  • Promotional Items
  • Signs, Decals, Labels, Rubber Stamps
  • Furniture & Fixtures
  • Vehicles & Parts
  • Maintenance & Repair Services
  • Construction Equipment
  • Vehicle & Equipment Rental Agreements
  • Petroleum Products

Facility Interconnect

As part of the FAC-001-3 standard, if you are seeking to interconnect with BWL transmission or generation facilities, please review the below document which outlines the technical requirements for metering, communications, system protection and studies needed before work can begin.

Contact Information

Office Address & Location

Purchasing & Warehousing is located at 1110 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing.

Mailing Address

Lansing Board of Water & 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 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Purchasing hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Suppliers are required to call ahead and make an appointment to see a buyer.

Phone & Fax

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Complete the online Vendor Application, located under “Vendor Resources” above. 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.

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.

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 “Vendor Resources” above.

Yes, please visit our Public Notices page for more information on scrap treated wood sales.

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.

Manager: Bruce Cook

Warehouse Supervisor: Taylor Heins

Production Material Planner: Dane Stuible

Buyer: Tad Miller (energy and eco-strategies, project engineering, laboratory services, environmental services, market operations, reliability compliance, customer projects and development, planning)

Buyer: Cathy Schneider (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 (CEO, emergency planning and security, public affairs, human resources and training, finance and administration, enterprise information management, information technology, customer services, and customer choice approved contractor program)

Material Control Specialists: Jason Houghton and Nadim Salim

Stock Distribution Specialists: Joan Kramer, Steve VanDerMeer, Hamzah Al-Sultan, Kevin Sherman, Richard Trevino, Anthony Guzman, Scott Jimenez