AVAD Opens San Jose Location to Best Serve Northern Calif. Dealers

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

Van Nuys, Calif. - November 14, 2006 - AVAD LLC, America's leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced today that the company has opened a new distribution center in San Jose, Calif., to best serve the area's Northern California dealer base. Now accepting orders for pickup, the distribution center is officially open for business and begins full -scale shipping operations this month. Grand opening celebration plans are underway.

At over 18,000 square feet, the new facility provides a complete inventory of residential system solutions, as well as comprehensive product training, technical and sales support. The center is conveniently located in San Jose between Interstate 880 and Highway 101, for quick and easy access.

True to the AVAD tradition of investing heavily in the technical expertise of their dealers, the location also features a state -of -the -art training facility with seating for 30 and an additional conference room for dealer and client meetings, training, consultation and service. An ample showroom with multiple integrated technology systems are in place, including LCDs, dedicated theaters and six flat panel vignettes, so dealers and their clients can see how AVAD's leading brands interact with one another.

"We've been looking at adding a San Jose location for a number of years," said Tim Fitzpatrick, vice president of AVAD Northern California. "The Northern California marketplace is booming, as is demand for state -of -the -art electronics and lifestyle amenities. As a result, our dealers have been asking for a distribution center in this area for some time. This new location will provide convenience and save our valued dealers considerable time and money."

Bob Gartland, president of AVAD LLC commented: "We're very excited about the growth outlook for the northwestern United States. This facility is an example of AVAD's regional expansion plans and investments in both our company's and our dealer's future. Our dealers demand the very best in service and support, and we'll be able to deliver that thanks to this new location."

Location and contact information: AVAD -San Jose, 2465 Zanker Road, San Jose, Calif. 95131; Phone: (866) 633 -0437.

In Brief: Release Summary

AVAD, America's leading distributor of custom home electronics, announces the opening of a new San Jose location to best serve the company's regional dealers.

Now accepting orders for pickup, the new San Jose distribution center begins full -scale shipping operations this month.

At over 18,000 square feet, the new facility provides a complete inventory of residential system solutions, as well as comprehensive product training, technical and sales support.

AVAD -San Jose is located at 2465 Zanker Road, San Jose, Calif. 95131.


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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