A national auto parts company will manage the inventory of parts for North Hempstead Town's vehicle fleet, resulting in a projected cost savings of about $123,000 annually, officials said.
The agreement with Genuine Parts Co., through its subsidiary National Automotive Parts Association, means the town does not have to maintain an inventory of parts for its 300 vehicles, including cars, trucks, sweepers, sanders, backhoes and payloaders, town officials said.
The town currently manages its own inventory of fleet parts in a stockroom in New Hyde Park, and the company would manage the parts and work out of the same location.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement the move allows for a "more effective and efficient method of handling our fleet inventory. We are always looking for ways to streamline services to provide the best 'bang for the buck' for our taxpayers."
For instance, said town spokeswoman Carole Trottere, "Sometimes if you have too much inventory, parts can become obsolete. . . . We're not going to have to worry about that anymore, because the company will be managing the inventory and how much they order of one part."
Trottere said the company will also seek and manage warranty credits for the town.
The company would supply a range of products, such as repair parts, oil filters, hydraulics, tools, safety gears, bulk fluids and tires, officials said. A full-time parts professional will be on hand to arrange the administrative services, such as pickup and delivery of freight inventory.
The contract is for two years, with options for two one-year extensions.