FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - December 10, 2003 - AVAD LLC, America's preeminent distributor of complete home solutions, announced the addition of Draper Inc. to its product offering. Under the agreement, AVAD will immediately distribute Draper's line of premium screens through its nationwide corps of custom home technology dealers. The partnership affirms AVAD's continuing expansion and attention to the needs of its dealers.
Joe Piccirilli, managing director of AVAD stated: "At AVAD, we continually look for opportunities to strengthen our technology offers to create an unmatched level of product support to our dealers." He added: "By adding Draper, with its proven reliability, quality and performance, AVAD continues to improve its already industry leading level of dealer service."
"As a national distribution and marketing partner, AVAD will help us reach a higher level of custom installation specialists," said Robert Hadsell, home theatre sales manager for Draper Inc. "This agreement will bring us new channels of quality distribution, as well as provide superior dealer support coupled with AVAD's renowned technical and training programs. We all win."
AVAD will carry Draper's comprehensive line of front and rear projection screens designed to enhance every home theater experience along with Draper's video projector mounts and lifts, and window shades. In adding Draper to its line of brands, AVAD deepens support for installers seeking to become a driving force in custom home entertainment installation. AVAD carries the best brands in virtually every technology discipline, as well as provides complete support at 21 nationwide locations. AVAD offers a continuing education program that gives dealers the chance to learn from the industry's best on how to maximize their resources, plus quick and convenient pick -up or next -day delivery anywhere in the United States. AVAD represents the complete solution for every dealer/installer seeking to grow their business and profits on all fronts.
Draper, Inc., a Spiceland, Indiana based manufacturer of projection screens, window shades and gymnasium equipment, celebrated 100 years as a family -owned business in 2002. The company was founded by Luther O. Draper in 1902 to manufacture window shades for schools. To this date, the company is still owned and managed by Draper's descendants. In 1957, Draper's grandson, Luther Pidgeon, secured a patent on an inexpensive classroom projection screen, marking Draper's entry into the screen business. Draper's manufactured products closely related to projection screens include rear projection display systems, video projector mounts and lifts, plasma display mounts, presentation easels and communication support furniture. FlexShade Systems, a second line of window shades for the commercial market, was introduced in 1989. In 1994, Draper entered the gymnasium equipment market. Today, the company's gymnasium equipment products include basketball backstops, gym dividers, wall pads, volleyball equipment, batting cages and wrestling mat hoists.
Draper Inc. is headquartered in Spiceland, Indiana, a village of 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, to its Spiceland facilities, Draper has manufacturing or sales operations in Malta, Ohio; Fullerton, California; Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom; Nacka, Sweden; Halmstad, Sweden and Hong Kong. Draper's products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 75 foreign countries.
For additional information on Draper, please contact (800) 238 -7999 or www.draperinc.com.
AVAD LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. What makes AVAD unique is its in -depth inventory of the most prestigious name brand products in nearly every discipline necessary to provide a complete home solution. From home theater and lighting controls to distributed audio/video and central vacuum, AVAD has it all in stock at each of its 21 locations nationwide.
AVAD LLC, founded in 1998 as a specialized network of distributors, provides the system integrator with a great opportunity to make more profit by providing complete design and integration assistance, technical training, education and certification programs such as CEDIA's Level I Installer Certification, plus the ability to enter into new types of businesses like central vacuum. AVAD offers coast -to -coast delivery within 24 hours or pick -up at one of its convenient nationwide locations.
Building around installer's needs, AVAD continually expands its service offerings. The Dealer to Builder Program, D2B is a clear example of AVAD's dealer commitment. This initiative creates a common channel to link dealers and builders in bringing homeowners across the nation the best in home technology. With D2B, AVAD reinforces individual businesses and the entire custom installation channel by putting highly qualified technicians at the forefront of industry expansion.
Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Mitsubishi, NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt and more.
For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484 -3221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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