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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. – September 14, 2006 — Addressing the growing needs of custom installers in Chicago and the mid-Atlantic states region, AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced today it opened a new distribution center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now accepting orders for pickup, the Raleigh distribution center will commence full-scale shipping operations in October. At 17,000 square feet, the new facility is large enough to stock a complete inventory of pre-packaged 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 that location for a number of years,” said Lindsay Davis, vice president of AVAD Southeast. We know from our market research that there is a good deal of 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.”

Open house events are planned for October of this year, with details still to come.

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Location and contact information: AVAD Raleigh, 9300 Globe Center Drive, Suite 116, Morrisville, NC 27560; 919-806-3295 phone; 919-806-8593 fax.

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 32 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 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.

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.

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, Harman Kardon, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, Key Digital, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, Niles Audio, 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.

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

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com.

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