AVAD Opens Raleigh Distribution Center

New State-of-the-Art Distribution and Training Center Designed to Provide Outstanding Support to Local Dealer Base

Van Nuys, Calif. - October 13, 2006, - AVAD LLC, America's leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced today that the company has opened a new distribution center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now accepting orders for pickup, the Raleigh distribution center begins full -scale shipping operations this month.


At 17,000 square feet, the new facility is large enough to stock a complete inventory of audio video system solutions, as well as provide comprehensive product training, technical and sales support. The center is also conveniently located to the Interstate highway system - which streamlines delivery operations and expands dealer profit margins.

True to the AVAD tradition of investing heavily in the technical expertise of their dealers, the Raleigh distribution center also features a state -of -the -art training facility. The new building is located at 9300 Globe Center Drive, Suite 116, in the Morrisville suburb of Raleigh.

"We've been looking at the Raleigh market for a number of years," said Lindsay Davis, vice president of AVAD Southeast. "We know from our market research that there is great demand - our customers have been asking for us to establish a distribution center in the area for some time."

Bob Gartland, president of AVAD LLC commented: "We're very excited about the growth outlook for the southeastern United States. This facility is an example of AVAD's regional expansion plans and investments in our future and is ideally located to support our dealers in this booming area. Our partners in the southeast demand the very best in service and support, and we'll be able to deliver with this new location."

To celebrate the opening, AVAD invites all dealers and potential dealers to the National AVAD Open House and Barbecue on Friday, October 13. The barbecues, long known to be an AVAD tradition, will be held that day at all AVAD locations, new and old, from coast to coast.

Location and contact information: AVAD Raleigh, 9300 Globe Center Drive, Suite 116, Morrisville, NC 27560; 919 -806 -3295 phone; 919 -806 -8593 fax.
In Brief: Release Summary
· AVAD, America's leading distributor of custom home electronics, announces the opening of a new distribution center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
· Now accepting orders for pickup, the Raleigh distribution center begins full -scale shipping operations this month.
· At 17,000 square feet, the new facility is large enough to stock a complete inventory of audio video system solutions, as well as provide comprehensive product training, technical and sales support.
· To celebrate the opening, AVAD invites all dealers and potential dealers to the National AVAD Open House and Barbecue on Friday, October 13.
· AVAD Raleigh is located at 9300 Globe Center Drive, Suite 116, Morrisville, NC 27560.

About AVAD, LLC

AVAD, LLC, a wholly -owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, Inc., is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in -depth technology offering of the most trusted brands and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home electronic systems solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more. AVAD also provides just -in -time delivery from each of its 37 locations nationwide.

AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evidenced by AVAD University's over 450 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year. By partnering with CEDIA for key industry training courses such as Installer Level I and II Certification, Designer Boot Camps and Home Theater Workshops, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to the betterment of the industry and the dealer's bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links highly -trained and qualified members of its 9,000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in -demand, cutting -edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: Acme Brackets, APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Gefen, Goo System -Visual Reality, Inc., Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, Niveus Media, OmniMount, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control and more.

In July 2005, AVAD was acquired by Ingram Micro, Inc., making its parent company the leading distributor for solution providers and custom integrators serving the fast -growing consumer electronics and home automation markets in the United States.

For more information about AVAD, visit www.avad.com.

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