Associated and Peach State announce merger to create one of the largest Supply Chain Solutions Companies in North America

ADDISON, IL, November 8, 2013 – Associated and Peach State Integrated Technologies Inc., both leaders in providing integrated supply chain solutions, announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement for Associated to acquire Peach State. Under the agreement, Peach State will operate as a subsidiary of Associated. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Peach State, founded in 1975 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a leading supply chain consulting and engineering firm providing services and solutions that enable retailers, distributors, and manufacturers to deliver their products to market quickly, efficiently and more profitably.

“As we look toward the future we are committed to developing new and innovative methods to provide value to our customers. We are confident that the additional competencies of Peach State will enable us to further improve the flexibility and diversity of solutions we are able to offer our customers. We have made the commitment to transform from the material handling company of the past to the supply chain solutions provider of the future”, said Michael Romano, President/CEO of Associated. “This represents a significant step in that direction. We have always had great respect for Peach State and their expertise in providing game-changing supply chain solutions that are helping some of the world’s fastest growing companies.”

“We are very excited to enter into this relationship with Associated and believe it will enable us to continue to grow our presence in North America and will strengthen our ability to provide exceptional solutions and service to our great customers,” said James R. Bowes Jr., President of Peach State. “Our combined size, financial strength, experienced team and complementary services create one of the largest, most capable supply chain solutions providers in North America.”

Peach State will continue to operate under their name and brand identity with the same leadership and organizational structure including current President, James R. Bowes Jr.

The merger will make the combined organization one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North American in both size and breadth of service offerings.

About Associated:

Celebrating over 50 years of providing customers with innovative solutions that optimize space, labor and order fulfillment operations within their supply chain, Associated understands that handling materials in the supply chain should be more than material handling. By utilizing their unparalleled experience and industry best practices they are able to evaluate current methods and processes for storage, order fulfillment, labor and equipment utilization and recommend practical strategies to enhance their effectiveness and reduce overall cost. Featuring leading-edge engineering, fleet management and labor optimization services to compliment industry-leading sales, service, rentals and parts, Associated has been the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of being a premier organization in the industry.

About Peach State:

Peach State Integrated Technologies Inc. is a professional services firm that provides strategic supply chain consulting and engineering services, and distribution, logistics and material handling solutions to supply chain leaders in a broad spectrum of industries. Their experienced team of professionals delivers solutions that increase productivity, reduce cost, mitigate risks and improve customer service. Peach State is also the founder and producer of The National Logistics & Distribution Conference (NLDC). Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in April 2014, NLDC is an exclusive educational summit for a limited number of senior level supply chain executives.

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Media Contacts:

Shari Altergott
Corporate Marketing Manager
Associated
630.588.3593
saltergott@associated-solutions.com

Mark Fishback
Director Marketing
Peach State Integrated Technologies
678.327.2024
mfishback@peachstate.com