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AVAD Continues to Grow as New Distribution Centers Open Nationwide

Three New Locations Now Open with Six More Scheduled in 2006;
Thirty-Six Convenient Distribution Centers Targeted to Better Serve Dealers

Van Nuys, Calif. — August 01, 2006 — AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, is expanding at a rapid pace, with three new distribution centers now open and fully operational in Woburn, Mass., Austin, TX, and Tampa, Fla., and six more locations slated to open by October 1.

Conveniently located to provide extensive dealer support and comprehensive product training, technical and sales assistance, the new AVAD locations also give customers a chance to see, touch and experience advanced home electronics and develop a one-on-one relationship with their local AVAD branch.

The new AVAD facilities slated to open in October are: Las Vegas, Nev.; San Jose, Calif.; downtown Chicago, Ill.; Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va. and Philadelphia. Open house events are under way, with plans for special promotions and specialized training sessions for locally-based dealers.

AVAD-Woburn, Mass. (a suburb of Boston) spans 13,500 square feet and features a state-of-the-art training facility for up to 40 people, a “technology playroom” where customers and integrators can check out products up close and personal and a theater showroom. Conveniently located at 34 Cummings Park, AVAD-Woburn can be reached at (781) 938-0475. Will-call is located at the front of the building. A grand opening event is slated for August.

At 23,606 square feet, AVAD-Austin features a demonstration show room to display products and showcase special offers, a large warehouse space containing the most popular new products and a convenient selection of products offered in AVAD’s roster of superior brands. The location also houses a sales call center and technical support experts who can assist dealers with installation to application needs, as well as a large training room where AVAD University’s courses are conducted. The will-call, shipping and receiving areas are easily accessible on the south side of the building, near the entrance. Conveniently located at 9330 United Drive, Suite 100, the AVAD Austin facility can be reached at (512) 610-3300.

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AVAD-Tampa offers an 18,000 square feet distribution center and an all-new “technology playroom,” where consumers and integrators can see, hear and experience AVAD’s line up of the most advanced, high-tech consumer electronics up close and personal. The location also features ample warehouse space, a large showroom with multiple product displays and new solutions applied to demonstrate the hottest products available on the market. AVAD-Tampa also houses a sales call center, two theater demonstration venues and a spacious training facility. The will-call area is located at the Tampa center’s main entrance, with the shipping/receiving area in the back. Dealers can call the Tampa facility, located at 4450 Adamo Drive, Suite 505, at (813) 514-2590.

“Our motivation for this growth lies in our desire to conveniently service our dealers and be their one-stop-shop,” said Bob Gartland, president of AVAD. “As we grow, the AVAD team is prepared to help integrators serve their markets and build lasting success. With these additional locations under our belt, we can provide even more localized marketing strategies for our manufacturers and better serve our dealers.”

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 names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just-in-time delivery from each of its 31 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I and Level II Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ bottom line.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in-demand, cutting-edge electronic systems.

AVAD is dedicated to dealer education, training and skill advancement, as evident by AVAD University’s over 1,000 online and classroom continuing education classes held each year.

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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 Systems, 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 Electronics, 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 and its services, visit its website at www.avad.com.

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