New agreement offers discounted fitness equipment to E&I member institutions

Vancouver, WA, March 29, 2019 – E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) and Core Health & Fitness (Core) have launched a new, competitively solicited contract for fitness equipment. In addition to Core’s portfolio of leading brands, education and fitness equipment, E&I members also receive discounted list pricing that includes delivery, installation, and industry leading 5-year parts and labor warranty. Members will also receive product demo opportunities and guaranteed customer service response.

Core is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of commercial fitness products, which are marketed under four brands: StairMaster®, Nautilus®, Schwinn®, and Star Trac®. The company currently has over 400 employees with sales, engineering, and service offices located across the U.S., providing the ability to best serve E&I’s nationwide membership. Core also offers fitness education programs designed for students and staff members.

“The value Core offers our members extends well beyond well-recognized and trusted brands; it’s also delivering the services and support that our members find most valuable,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I. “We are excited to add Core to our portfolio and are confident our members will receive nothing but the best products and services to meet their institution’s fitness needs.”

Tim Hawkins, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Core said, “Student health and wellness is one of the country’s significant challenges.  All of us in the Core family, including our employees and distributors, are honored to have this opportunity to partner with the broader education community to make health and fitness a part of student’s lives.”

The contract award was the result of a competitive solicitation based on E&I RFP #683393. To learn more about the E&I Core contract, please visit:

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About Core Health & Fitness

Core Health & Fitness is the world’s largest privately-held marketer and distributor of commercial fitness solutions to health clubs, community recreational centers, hotels, educational facilities and more. Core markets its products under the iconic Star Trac®, StairMaster®, Nautilus® and Schwinn® brands. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington,

Core serves a global customer base. In addition to its sales, engineering and service offices throughout the United States (Vancouver, WA; Lake Forest, CA; Independence, VA) Core also provides global services with offices in the United Kingdom (High Wycombe), Germany (Munich), Spain (Barcelona), Poland (Poznan) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).  For more information please contact Erin O’Brien at (360) 823-1940, [email protected] or visit their website at

About E&I Cooperative Services

E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the only member-owned, non-profit purchasing cooperative, solely focused on serving education and related facilities. E&I delivers expert solutions, and services through a diverse portfolio of competitively solicited contracts. By leveraging the knowledge and purchasing power of its nationwide membership,

E&I helps higher education and K-12 institutions reduce costs, optimize supply chain efficiencies, and save time on the RFP process. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and is compliant with generally accepted procurement standards. For more information, please visit

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