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TLC Springwater Serves Kent State's Eight-Campus System

Posted Sept. 24, 2012
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Kent State staff and students enjoy bottled water provided
by TLC Springwater of Ohio.

TLC Springwater of Ohio (TLC), a minority-owned distributor of drinking water products and services, has been awarded the contract to service Kent State University’s eight-campus system. The custom label bottled water product will be used at catered events, certain promotional activities and special events.

Kent State University’s Supplier Diversity program is dedicated to developing strong relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses. These companies offer value and diversity that is important in an organization’s network of suppliers. Doing business with minority-owned firms also promotes economic inclusion that helps to build strong regions across the country.

“Faculty and students are immensely diverse, so the suppliers should be as well,” says Kazell Pugh, president of TLC Springwater. “Minority-owned companies are great sources of jobs and opportunities for everyone everywhere.”

TLC is certified with the state of Ohio, Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland as a minority-owned company. Minority certification is important to ensure that a company is truly owned and operated by a minority. Kent State also has state of Ohio supplier diversity goals, and certified companies are the only ones recognized for those goals.

“Kent State is incredibly excited to work with TLC Spring Water,” says Veronica Cook-Euell, Kent State’s supplier diversity program manager. “They were highly recommended and we look forward to doing business with them.”

For more information on supplier diversity at Kent State University, visit