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This Order is Buyer’s offer to Seller.
Seller’s acceptance of this offer is strictly limited to the terms and
conditions in this offer. Seller’s
acknowledgement, shipment of Products, acceptance of payment, or commencement of
performance hereunder shall conclusively evidence Seller’s acceptance of
Buyer’s offer contained in this Order exactly as written.
The Order, together with these terms and conditions, and any attachments
or exhibits referenced in the Order, is the entire Contract and no changes or
other terms are binding on the Buyer unless they are in writing and signed by an
authorized representative of the Buyer. Any
additional or different terms proposed by the Seller or listed on Seller’s
acceptance or acknowledgement document are deemed to constitute material
alterations and Buyer objects, rejects and is not bound by any such terms.
The following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
(a) “Buyer” means Shultz Steel Company.
(b) “Order” means the purchase order or contract,
including these terms and conditions, and all attachments and exhibits
referenced on the face of the Order.
(c) “Product” means all labor, articles, supplies,
materials, services, documents, or information which constitute the subject
matter of this Order.
(d) “Seller” means the party identified on the face
of the Order which is supplying the Product and with whom Shultz Steel Company
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE.
Each of the following terms and conditions controls in the absence of a
specific provision to the contrary appearing on the face of this Order.
The prices for the Product are provided on the face of this Order.
Except as otherwise provided in the terms of this Order, the Product
prices are firm fixed prices and inclusive of all non-recurring and engineering
costs, taxes, and custom duties.
Buyer’s needs are for the quantities of Products specified in this
Order. Products delivered in excess
of the quantities ordered result in substantial administrative expense to Buyer.
Therefore, Products delivered in
excess of the quantities ordered may be retained by Buyer at no additional cost.
Buyer has no obligation to notify Seller of any overshipment.
Seller shall be liable for transportation,
packaging, packing or other costs of returning extra Products.
Seller’s timely performance is a critical element of this Order.
All deliveries shall be in strict accordance with the applicable
quantities and schedule set forth in this Order.
The parties have agreed to the delivery dates established herein and
Buyer has relied on these delivery dates for its manufacturing commitments.
Buyer may : (1) reject late delivery of the Product and terminate the
Order in accordance with the Termination clause herein; (2) reject late delivery
of the Product and purchase such or similar Products from another source; or (3)
or accept late deliveries. In any
case, Seller shall be liable for all of Buyer’s costs and damages, including
direct, incidental and consequential damages, resulting from a late delivery.
Buyer’s acceptance of a late delivery shall not waive the remaining
delivery schedule or relieve Seller of its obligation to make future deliveries
in accordance with the delivery schedule established herein.
Whenever it appears that Seller will not meet a scheduled delivery date,
Seller shall immediately notify Buyer of the reason and expected length of the
delay and provide Buyer with a written recovery schedule.
Seller shall make every effort to avoid or minimize the delay to the
maximum extent practicable, including the expenditure of premium time and most
expeditious transportation. Any
additional costs caused by these requirements shall be borne solely by Seller.
Seller may not deliver Products more than fourteen (14) days before the
scheduled delivery date without the express written permission of Buyer.
Buyer may return, at Seller’s expense, any Products delivered more than
(14) days prior to the scheduled delivery date.
Payment due dates, including discount periods, shall be calculated from
the date of Buyer’s receipt of acceptable Products or a correct invoice,
whichever is later. Buyer shall pay
for the Products in accordance with the prices specified herein, subject to any
deductions or set-offs, within forty-five (45) days. Any
payments made for Products does not constitute final acceptance of the Products.
Invoices covering Products shipped in advance of the specified delivery
dates shall not be paid until the normal period after the delivery date
specified in this Order.
(a) Seller warrants that all Products delivered or performed under this
Order will be: (1) strictly in
conformance to all applicable specifications, drawings, or other description
furnished or adopted by Buyer; (2) new materials, which are not used,
reconditioned or remanufactured or of such age as to impair its usefulness or
safety, (3) merchantable, of good quality, and free from defects in design
(except where design is furnished by Buyer), materials and workmanship; and (4)
fit for all ordinary purposes as well as Buyer's intended purposes.
Seller further warrants that Seller has title to all Products delivered
under this purchase Order unless otherwise indicated; that the Products are now
and on delivery will be free of all security interests, liens, or other
(b) These warranties shall be in
addition to any other warranties (express, implied-in-fact or provided by law)
and all warranties shall survive any inspection, test, acceptance, or payments
by Buyer and shall run to Buyer and its customers, successors and assigns.
Except for latent defects, fraud or gross mistakes by Seller, Buyer must
give notice of any non-conforming Products to Seller within three (3) years
after delivery or performance.
(c) In addition to all remedies
provided by law or by this Order, Seller's liability for breach of any warranty
shall, at Buyer's option, include: (1)
prompt correction or replacement by Seller of non-conforming Products; (2)
refund of all amounts paid by Buyer to Seller; and/or (3) damages, including
compensatory, incidental, or consequential damages caused by the breach,
including, but not limited to, the reasonable value of any materials supplied by
or paid for by Buyer. Seller shall
bear all expenses of the removal and return by Buyer to Seller of any
non-conforming Products and delivery to Buyer or Buyer’s customer and
reinstallation of any corrected or replaced Products.
Corrected or replaced Products shall be subject to the provisions of this
clause and the Quality Control and Inspection clause herein to the same extent
as originally ordered. Seller’s
warranty liability shall not be limited by the amount of this Order’s price.
QUALITY CONTROL AND
INSPECTION. Seller agrees to fully
comply with any quality assurance notes or requirements listed or referenced on
the face of this Order. Seller shall
provide and maintain a quality control system to an industry recognized Quality
Standard and in compliance with any other specific quality requirements
identified in this Order. Seller
shall deliver to Buyer only Products that have been inspected in accordance with
the quality control system and have been found by the Seller to be in conformity
with all of the contractual requirements. Records
of all inspections and quality control work performed by Seller and its
subcontractors and vendors shall be maintained complete and available to Buyer
and its customers. Inspection and
quality control records shall be retained for ten years after final payment of
this Order. All Products shall be
subject to inspection and test at all times and places, including the period of
manufacture, by Buyer and its customers. If
any inspection or test is made on Seller's premises, Seller, without additional
charge, shall provide all reasonable facilities, documentation, and assistance
for the safety and convenience of Buyer and customer inspectors.
Such inspection and tests shall be performed in such a manner as not
unduly to delay the work. Any Buyer
review, inspection or test shall not relieve
Seller of any of its obligations to perform all contract work in
accordance with the requirements of this Order.
All Products are also subject to final inspection and acceptance at
Buyer's plant, notwithstanding any payments or prior inspection.
If Seller delivers non-conforming Products, Buyer may, at its option, (a)
accept all or part of the Products at an equitable price reduction, (b) reject
such Products or the entire lot of Products, (c) require Seller to repair or
replace the Products, or (d) make or have a third party make repairs,
modifications, or replacements and charge the cost incurred to Seller.
Seller shall also be liable to Buyer for all other direct, incidental, or
consequential damages relating to the non-conforming Products.
Seller shall immediately notify Buyer and provide all available
information when discrepancies or deficiencies in any of Seller’s processes or
Products are discovered or suspected for Products that Seller has delivered or
will deliver under this Order.
The Seller shall not be charged with any liability for failure or delay
in making deliveries when such failure or delay is due to any cause beyond the
control and without the fault or negligence of the Seller and without the fault
or negligence of its subcontractors and vendors; provided that Seller shall give
to the Buyer prompt notice in writing when it appears that such cause will delay
deliveries under this Order. If any
such failure or delay shall threaten to impair the Buyer's ability to meet
delivery requirements for its products, the Buyer shall have the right at its
option and without any liability to the Seller or recovery by the Seller to
nullify by notice in writing to the Seller the portion or portions of this Order
so affected. Buyer shall be excused
for failure or delay in performance herein due to any cause beyond its control
and without its fault or negligence.
Buyer, by written notice, may terminate this Order for default, in whole
or in part, if Seller: (a) fails to
make a delivery in accordance with the Order’s schedule, (b) fails to comply
with any of the terms of this Order, (c) fails to make progress so as to
endanger performance of this Order, (d) fails to provide adequate assurances of
future performance, (e) ceases to conduct its operations, or (f) has any
proceeding or lawsuit under bankruptcy, liquidation, or insolvency law brought
against it. Seller shall have ten
(10) days to cure a non-delivery failure to comply with contract requirements or
a failure to make progress after receipt of notice from Buyer.
Seller shall be compensated only for Products actually delivered and
accepted and Buyer shall have no further liability.
Seller shall be liable to Buyer for any cover, direct, incidental, or
consequential damages resulting from the default.
Buyer may require Seller to deliver to Buyer any supplies, materials, and
drawings that Seller has produced or acquired for the terminated portion of this
Order, and the parties shall agree on the amount of payment for these
deliverables, not to exceed the Seller’s allowable, allocable and reasonable
costs for the deliverable. Seller
shall continue all work not terminated. If
it is determined after a termination of the Order, in whole or in part, that the
Seller was not in default, the termination shall be deemed an Order cancellation
and Seller’s recovery is expressly limited to the amount allowed under the
Cancellation clause herein.
Buyer may cancel (otherwise known as termination for convenience) this
Order, in whole or in part, by providing written notice to Seller.
Upon such cancellation, Seller will immediately:
(1) cease work and direct subcontractors and vendors to cease work; (2)
terminate all subcontracts to the extent that they relate to the terminated
work; (3) as directed by Buyer, assign all rights in terminated subcontracts to
Buyer; (4) with approval of Buyer, settle all outstanding liabilities and
termination settlement proposals arising from the termination of any
subcontract; (5) prepare and submit to Buyer a list of all completed and
partially completed Products; (6) deliver to Buyer completed Products; (7) take
any action that is necessary or is directed by Buyer to protect or preserve
property related to this Order in which Buyer may acquire an interest; and (8)
transfer title and deliver, upon Buyer’s request, any work in process,
documentation, information, and materials. Buyer
will compensate Seller only for the actual, allowable, allocable and reasonable
expenses incurred by Seller for work in process and materials up to and
including the date of termination, conditioned upon Seller submitting its claim
to Buyer within ninety (90) days of the termination notice, and provided that
Seller uses reasonable efforts to mitigate Buyer’s liability under this
clause. Seller’s recovery shall
not exceed the Order price for the terminated Products.
Seller shall retain all records relating to its cancellation claim for
seven years after final payment of its claim.
Buyer is not liable for Seller’s anticipated profits or any damages
relating to a cancellation of the Order. Seller
shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Buyer from any claims, actions, suits,
and proceedings against Buyer by any subcontractor, consultant, employee, or
supplier of Seller and all costs, expenses, losses and damages incurred by Buyer
in connection with any such claim, action, suit or proceeding.
Any partial cancellation of an Order shall not alter or affect the terms,
conditions and prices of the Products not cancelled.
Seller agrees to defend, indemnify, and holds harmless Buyer, its
successors, assigns, employees, directors, agents, customers and users of any of
the Product against all loss, damage, or liability, including attorneys’ fees,
costs and expenses, which may be incurred on account of any suit, claim,
judgment or demand involving infringement or alleged infringement of any
domestic or foreign patent or other intellectual property rights in the
manufacture, use, sale, or disposition of any Product supplied hereunder. Buyer
shall notify Seller of any such suit instituted against it.
In case the Product or any part thereof is held to infringe and the use
thereof is enjoined by a court, Seller shall, at its sole expense, either (a)
procure for Buyer the right to continue to use the Products, or (b) replace the
infringing Products with equal, but non-infringing Products, subject to
Buyer’s express concurrence, or (c) modify the Products to render it
non-infringing. Buyer does not grant
indemnity to Seller for infringement of any patent, trademark, copyright, data
rights, or other intellectual property.
Buyer may at any time, by written notice and without notice to sureties
or assigns, make changes in: (a) the technical requirements and descriptions,
specifications, statement of work, designs or drawings to which a Product is to
conform, (b) methods of shipment and packaging, (c) quantities and delivery
schedule, (d) amount of Buyer furnished property, or (e) place of delivery.
Seller recognizes that certain changes in delivery schedule are normal
and anticipated in the course of performance of this Order.
Seller agrees that the cost of such changes, where deliveries are
rescheduled within twelve (12) months of the original delivery date, is included
in the fixed price established herein. If
any other change causes an increase or decrease in the cost of, or the time
required for, the performance of any part of the work under this Order, an
equitable adjustment shall be made in the price or delivery schedule, or both,
and this Order modified in writing accordingly.
Any claim by Seller for an adjustment must be made in writing within
twenty (20) days of the receipt of any such notice, provided, however, that
Buyer may, in its sole discretion, receive and act upon any such claim so made
at any time prior to final payment under this Order.
Buyer has the right to examine any of Seller’s pertinent books and
records for the purpose of verifying Seller’s claim.
Although Buyer’s engineering and technical personnel may render
assistance or give technical advice or exchange information with Seller, no such
action shall be deemed to be a change under the Changes clause and Seller shall
not be entitled an equitable adjustment. If
Seller believes that the conduct of any of Buyer’s personnel have changed any
of the requirements of this Order, other than pursuant to a written change order
pursuant to this clause, Seller shall submit a written request for confirmation
of that change and, pending written direction from Buyer, Seller shall take no
action to implement such change. Nothing
in this clause shall excuse the Seller from proceeding without delay to perform
this Order as changed and Seller has a duty to proceed promptly with the
performance of the work as changed.
Buyer may, by written order to Seller, require Seller to stop all, or any
part, of the work to be performed under this Order for a period of up to 120
days after the stop work order is delivered to Seller.
Upon receipt of the stop work order, Seller shall immediately comply with
its terms and take all reasonable steps to minimize the need to incur costs
allocable to the work covered by the stop work order during the period of work
stoppage. If Buyer cancels the stop
work order or the period of the stop work order expires, Seller shall contact
Buyer for further direction and shall not
resume work unless directed to do so. Seller
may request an equitable adjustment of the Order schedule or price, based upon
the work stoppage, only if Seller submits its claim within twenty (20) days
after the end of the work stoppage.
The parties agree to comply with all of the terms of any Proprietary
Information Agreement, which will take precedence over the remaining terms of
this clause. Proprietary
information, including drawings, data, design, inventions and other technical
information, supplied by Buyer shall remain Buyer’s property and shall be
protected and held in strict confidence by Seller.
Such information shall not be reproduced, used for any other purpose or
disclosed to others by Seller without Buyer’s prior written consent, and shall
be returned to Buyer upon completion by Seller of its obligations under this
Order or upon Buyer’s request. Any
information which Seller may disclose to Buyer with respect to the design,
manufacture, sale or use of the Products covered by this Order shall be deemed
to have been disclosed as part of the consideration for this Order, and Seller
shall not assert any claim against Buyer by reason of Buyer’s use thereof.
Seller shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Buyer, its employees,
officers, directors, and agents against any claim of injury or death to any
person or damage to property which may result in any way from any act or
omission of Seller, its agents, employees, or subcontractors, and Seller shall
maintain such Public Liability, Property Damage and Employee’s Liability and
Workmen’s Compensation insurance as will protect Buyer from said risks and
from any claims. If requested by
Buyer, Seller shall promptly furnish its Certificate of Insurance demonstrating
Seller’s compliance with these requirements.
All property used by Seller in connection with this Order which is owned,
furnished, charged to or paid for by Buyer, including, but not limited to,
materials, tools, dies, jigs, molds, patterns, fixtures, equipment, drawings and
other technical information, specifications, and any replacement thereof, shall
be and remain the property of Buyer. Such
Buyer property shall be subject to removal and inspection by Buyer at any time
without cost or expense to Buyer. Such
Buyer’s property shall be used only for this Order and adequately insured by
Seller at its expense for Buyer’s protection.
Seller shall assume all liability for and maintain and repair such
property and return the same to Buyer in its original condition, reasonable wear
and tear excepted. When such
property is no longer required hereunder, Seller shall furnish Buyer with a list
thereof and shall comply with any Buyer disposition instructions applicable
PACKING AND SHIPMENT.
Unless otherwise specified, all Products are to be packed in accordance
with the best commercial practice. Seller
shall enclose a complete packing list with all shipments.
Seller shall mark all containers and packages with necessary lifting,
loading and shipping information, including the Buyer’s Order number.
The Buyer’s count or weight shall be final and conclusive on shipments
not accompanied by shipping memos or packing lists.
Unless otherwise specified in this Order, delivery shall be F.O.B.
Destination. The risk of loss or
damage to Products which fail to conform to the packing and shipping
requirements of this Order shall remain with Seller until cure and acceptance of
TITLE AND RISK OF LOSS.
Title and risk of loss or damage to Products conforming to the
requirements of this Order shall pass at the F.O.B. Destination point, except as
otherwise specified in this Order, or except for loss or damage thereto
resulting from Seller’s fault or negligence, which shall continue to be
CLAUSES. If this Order indicates in
any way or if Seller is otherwise notified or aware that the Products or
Services will ultimately be supplied to or paid for by an agency of the United
States Government, Seller agrees and acknowledges that the clauses,
certifications, terms and conditions contained in the Government Contracts
attachment listed on Buyer’s web site shall be incorporated into this Order.
Seller understands that the export from the United States of technical
data and commodities is controlled by U.S. export statutes and regulations.
Seller agrees to comply with all U.S. export statutes and regulations.
Seller warrants that neither it nor any of its employees, agents or
representatives has offered or given any gratuities or kickbacks to Buyer’s
employees, agents or representatives with a view toward securing this order or
securing favorable treatment with respect thereto.
NOTICE TO BUYER OF LABOR
DISPUTES. Whenever Seller has
knowledge that any actual or potential labor dispute is delaying or threatens to
delay the timely performance of this Order, Seller shall immediately give notice
thereof, including all relevant information, to Buyer.
Seller agrees to insert the substance of this clause, including this
sentence, in any subcontract hereunder as to which a labor dispute may delay the
timely performance of this Order.
SUBCONTRACTING. Neither this Order
nor any rights or obligations herein may be assigned by Seller nor may Seller
subcontract in whole or substantial part the performance of its duties hereunder
without Buyer’s prior written consent. The
terms and conditions of this Order shall bind any permitted subcontractors,
successors and assigns of Seller. Any
consent by Buyer to assignment shall not be deemed to waive Buyer’s right to
recoupment and/or set off of claims arising out of this or any other
transactions with Seller, its divisions, affiliates or subsidiaries, or to
settle or adjust matters with Seller without notice to permitted successors and
RELEASE OF NEWS
INFORMATION AND ADVERTISING. Seller
shall not, without the prior written consent of Buyer, make any news release,
public announcement, denial or confirmation of all or any part of the subject
matter of this Order; or in any manner advertise or publish the fact that Buyer
has placed this Order.
Nothing in this Order shall alter Seller’s status as an independent
seller of goods and services and/or independent contractor, and in no event
shall this Order constitute an employment, agency or franchise agreement between
Buyer and Seller or empower either party to act for or bind the other party in
any manner or respect.
RIGHTS, REMEDIES AND NO
WAIVER. The rights and remedies
provided Buyer herein shall be cumulative, and in addition to any other rights
and remedies provided by law or equity. Buyer’s
remedies shall not be limited to the price of this Order.
A waiver of a breach of any provision hereof shall not constitute a
waiver of any other breach.
BUYER APPROVALS AND
REVIEW. The review or approval by
Buyer of any work hereunder or of any designs, drawings, specification or other
documents prepared hereunder shall not relieve Seller of any of its obligations
under this Order nor excuse or constitute a waiver of any defects or
nonconformities in any Products furnished under this Order or change, modify or
otherwise affect any of the provisions of this Order, including, but not limited
to, the prices and delivery schedules.
TAXES AND OTHER EXACTIONS.
Seller assumes exclusive liability under all laws that impose taxes or
other exactions on the manufacture or sale of the items to be furnished
hereunder, or any component part thereof, or on any process or labor involved
therein, or on any services to be rendered by Seller, and to pay all such taxes
except those Buyer specifically agrees or is by law required to pay.
Any taxes to be paid by Buyer shall be separately stated on the invoice.
Prices shall not include any taxes for which Buyer has furnished a valid
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS.
Seller shall comply with all applicable State, Federal and local laws,
rules and regulations. Seller agrees
to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Buyer for all costs, damages, and
expenses, including attorneys’ fees, resulting from Seller’s failure to
comply with any such law, rule, and regulation.
LANGUAGE AND CURRENCY.
The parties agree that this Order and all communications regarding this
Order shall be written in American English.
Seller shall not convert measurements contained in Buyer’s
specifications, statement of work, drawings or designs into a different
measurement system. All prices and
payments shall be in United States dollars.
There shall be no adjustment to any prices made for any changes to or
fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
Seller warrants that the Order price for the Product does not exceed the
price charged by Seller to any other customer purchasing the same or similar
Products in like or similar quantities. Seller
agrees to voluntarily notify and reimburse the overpayment in pricing to Buyer
upon discovery of any violation of this warranty.
Seller represents that each chemical substance constituting or contained
in the Product delivered to Buyer is on the list of chemical substances compiled
and published by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq., as
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA
SHEET. Seller shall provide to Buyer
with each delivery any Material Safety Data Sheet applicable to the Product in
conformance with and containing such information as required by the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 and regulations promulgated thereunder, or its
state approved counterpart.
The parties shall attempt to negotiate and resolve any dispute arising
from this Order. If negotiations are
not successful, the parties reject the use of arbitration and any and all
disputes relating to this Order must be litigated in a state or federal court
located in the County of Los Angeles, California.
The parties irrevocably consent to and expressly and unconditionally
waive any objection or challenge regarding personal jurisdiction or venue in
said courts. The interpretation of
this Order and any disputes arising hereunder shall be governed by the law of
the State of California, without regard to its provisions for conflict of laws.
The parties specifically disclaim the application to this Order of the
United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
Pending the resolution of any dispute, Seller shall continue with
performance of this Order pursuant to the instructions of Buyer.
Each party shall bear its costs of litigation.
THE PARTIES WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL FOR ANY LITIGATION RELATING
TO THIS ORDER.
SOLICITATION OF EMPLOYEES.
Seller agrees that during the term of this agreement and for a period of
six months thereafter, Seller shall not, without prior written approval from
Buyer, solicit Buyer’s employees to leave their employment with Buyer or to
disclose trade secrets or other proprietary information of Buyer.
Buyer may solicit Seller’s employees during the term of this agreement
or thereafter, subject to paying a $100 fee for the hiring of any of Seller’s
employees during the term of this
agreement or six months thereafter.
The parties agree that the Warranties, Quality Control and Inspection,
Patent Indemnity, Information, Indemnification, Buyer’s Property, Disputes,
and Solicitation of Employees clauses of this Order shall survive and continue
in full force and effect upon the termination or completion of this Order.
If any provision of this Order shall be determined to be invalid or
unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed to be severed and the remainder of
the Order shall be given full force and effect.
CAPTIONS AND HEADINGS.
The Captions and Headings used herein are for convenience of reference
only and shall not control or affect in any way the meaning, construction, or
interpretation of any of the clauses herein.
The Order, including these terms and conditions and any exhibits or
attachments, constitute the entire agreement and supersede all previous
communications, negotiations, and representations, either verbal or written,
between the parties with respect to the subject matter of the Order.
This agreement shall not be changed, altered, or supplemented except
pursuant to the Changes clause or a mutually executed written agreement.