Why the Lowest Bid Often Leads to Higher Costs and Sub-standard Quality

Al Meitl picture When you have worked in one industry as long as ECF has, you get pretty good at what you do. For the past 28 years, we have built a solid reputation in the asphalt terminal construction business for quality and value. Because of our experience, we know exactly what the needs of the project are going to be. That means, our pricing is based on scoping a project entirely to what it’s going to take to make the project work correctly, efficiently and give the customer what they need. ECF uses only the highest quality materials, the proper industry specifications and top of the line workmanship. No need for change orders and no costly mistakes. We have anticipated the client’s needs every step of the way, often to an extent that the client doesn’t even understand, but what they need and what they hire us for.

That’s why I’m sorry to see some companies go with the lowest bidder. It pains me to see a company go with a subpair bid when in the end, we know it’s going to cost them more or provide them a lower quality product that doesn’t give them what they were asking for. The dirty little secret is that some competitors purposely provide low bids to get the work and then apply change orders during the project which drives the overall price higher. Nine times out of ten, the price ends up higher than ECF’s accurate proposal. Could we bid lower? Sure, we could. But we feel it is critical to provide an honest and accurate proposal to our customers, even if it cost us some projects from time to time.

Our team of experts remains committed to building long-term relationships based on accurate pricing, quality products installed in a safe working environment with customer service second to none. It’s something our clients can depend on.

It’s the reason that ECF is the market leader in liquid terminal design and construction. From concept through completion, ECF can provide all your terminal design, construction, and operating needs

Getting the job right remains the goal today. Contact us today to learn why ECF is not only different, but an industry leader!

Headquartered in Columbia, IL, ECF has a long-standing reputation as the market leader in the design and construction of terminal facilities. With nearly 30 years of experience, ECF has established itself as an industry leader, having successfully completed numerous ground-up terminals, expansions, renovations and additions throughout the United States.

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