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AVAD Announces a Distribution Partnership with B&K Components

Van Nuys, Calif. – April 29, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, announced that the company has entered into a distribution agreement with B&K Components Limited. AVAD will now offer B&K’s award-winning multi-room and high-end audio components and home theater components in an ongoing commitment to provide professional installers with a competitive advantage with regard to product offerings that are easy to install and operate.

The partnership will enhance the distribution of B&K’s products within the custom installation market and further broaden AVAD’s already vast product assortment and commitment to carrying the best brands so that its dealers can provide the best systems.

By partnering with AVAD, B&K will have access to AVAD’s extensive network of over 10,000 dealers. AVAD will also provide B&K dealers with the best and most frequent training at AVAD’s 38 North American branches, after-sale customer support to ensure dealers have all the information and tools they need to maximize their profitability with each installation, as well as next day delivery for more responsive customer service, improved turns and higher profits.

“B&K’s components, paired with AVAD’s complete and up-to-date lineup of high-end home theater systems, make for a powerful combination that will create a sophisticated system that is practical to dealers due to the ease of operation, ease of installation, and affordability,? said Wally Whinna, vice president of marketing at AVAD. “AVAD can more effectively offer the dealer exactly what they want: Scaleable, profitable, easy to install solutions that look and sound great.?

B&K’s multi-zone systems are perfect for clients looking for a quality distributed audio or audio/video system. The B&K multi-zone system has multiple matrix switchers with on-board power and tuners to meet your system specification requirements. B&K’s elegant and simple keypads can be integrated into the system or the installer can create a custom user interface by using other AVAD control products, such as RTI or Universal keypads and remote controls.

B&K also offers a complete line of high-end audio, home theater and video components including stereo amplifiers, video switchers and custom accessories, such as keypads, remote controls and baluns to match the needs of dealers and custom installers.

“This partnership will benefit dealers in more ways than just being able to purchase B&K’s high-quality products,? said John Beyer, general manager of B&K Components. “Together, B&K and AVAD will be able to offer a product synergy that provides custom installation professionals with scalable and easy-to-integrate audio and video solutions.?

With a solid reputation for offering premier high-end audio, multi zone and home theater components, B&K offers custom installers a product lineup that favors versatility, ease of use and convenience.

For more information on AVAD or B&K visit http://www.avad.com or http://www.bkcomp.com.

Talking Points:
• AVAD will now offer B&K’s award-winning high-end audio, multi-room and home theater components in an ongoing commitment to provide professional installers with a competitive advantage with regard to product offerings and ease of installation.
• The partnership will enhance the distribution of B&K’s products within the custom installation market and further broaden AVAD’s already vast product assortment and commitment to carrying the best brands to benefit its dealers.
• B&K offers a complete line of high-end audio components and video components including stereo amplifiers, multi-room amplifiers, multi-room receivers, home theater receivers and separate components plus custom accessories, such as keypads, remote controls and baluns to match the needs of dealers and custom installers.

About B&K- How do we do it?
We are often asked this question. How do we do it, make high end gear in the U.S.A. for half or a third of the cost of our competition? The answer is really not that complicated, first we have been Designing, Engineering and Manufacturing our products under one roof (actually two) in Buffalo, New York for over twenty years; second, we have great technology partners, Motorola – now Freescale Semiconductor, Dolby Labs, Silicon Optix – now IDT, and Universal Remote to name a few of our leading edge technology partners; third we share parts, chassis designs, transformers etc. as broadly as possible across our product line so we can afford better parts and buy them in sufficient quantity to be able to reduce the cost of the top shelf components we specify for our products, we refer to this as the “repeated use of superior parts in families of assemblies and products?. Our simplified name for this principle is, the 3R’s of manufacturing, Reliable, Repeatable and Remarkable. But, at the end of the day, it is our people that keep the 3R’s alive at B & K, B & K’s employees are dedicated to bringing you and your customers the best picture and sound systems available. We design our systems to be easy to install, easy to operate and meet or exceed your standard of being Reliable, Repeatable and Remarkable in performance and ease of use. At B & K our product is Designed and Built in the U.S.A to be, Simply Better.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., is the most complete home integration solutions provider in North America. Offering customers the most trusted brands, AVAD stocks complete systems solutions for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum and more. Further, the company 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 ensures just-in-time delivery from each of its 38 North American facilities.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include: APC, Aprilaire, Artison, Atlantic Technology, B&K Components, Bose, Carlon ChannelPlus, Chief, H-P Products/Dirt Devil, Draper, Dymo/RhinoPRO, Escient, Exceptional Innovation/Life|ware, Gefen, Global Cache, InFocus ScreenPlay, iPort, ITC, JDSU, JVC Professional Products Company, Key Digital, Labor Saving Devices, Lutron, Marantz, MartinLogan, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., Midlite, MuxLab, NetStreams, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Onkyo, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Optoma, Panamax, Panasonic Phones, Panasonic Professional, Pantel, Peerless, Philips Pronto, Polk Audio, PROconnect, ProFlex, RepairMaster, RTI, Rockustics, Samsung, Satellite USA, Sharp, SharpVision, Terk, Toshiba, Universal Remote Control, Velodyne 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 http://www.avad.com.

Company Contact:
Wally Whinna, Executive Vice President of Marketing
AVAD
Tel: 847-434-0888 x1101
Email: wally.whinna@avad.com
Web: http://www.avad.com

John Beyer, General Manager
B&K Components
Tel: 716-656-0023
Email: jlbbk@aol.com
Web: http://www.bkcomp.com

Media Contact:
Coleen Sterns Leith, President
Marketing Matters
Tel: 954-925-1511
Email: coleen@marketingmatters.net
Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

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