all purchasing activities of Cummings Properties are handled by this department
at 200 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801. Some limited buying is also
done at Cummings Center in Beverly, MA, but strictly for that facility.
James Gillette has managed the department since 1991.
of the huge volume of materials purchased, Cummings acquired Aberjona
Valley Distributors, Inc. in 1996, and often purchases its construction
materials, equipment and supplies through AVD. Although the Cummings organization
directly employs more than 200 regular full-time mechanics of all sorts
on its own year-round payroll, it still completes the largest portion
of its new construction and tenant fit-up work in its first-class suburban
Boston office space through outside contractors.
Purchasing Department works hard to secure the lowest competitive prices
it can on all purchases and all construction contracts. Because it also
has a very strong policy of guaranteeing fair treatment and prompt payment
of all its obligations, it enjoys decades-long relationships with dozens
of primarily local contractors. At the same time, it remains very open
to considering new contractor relationships in all trades and will readily
work with qualified firms of any size.
managers and mechanics have a reputation of going out of their way to
work with outside contractors to eliminate wasted work and to help them
to complete their contracts with Cummings on a timely and profitable basis.
With the dependable aid of outside contractors, the Company is able to maintain a steady, year-round work volume for its own teams of highly-skilled mechanics. As of 2008, the Company's work force had accumulated a total of more than 2,100 years of cumulative seniority. The Company notes that in 40 years it has never experienced a layoff of staff due to a "lack of work".