iPOWER DISTRIBUTION GROUP, LLC OPENS NATIONAL HUB FOR MEMBER DISTRIBUTORS
National Hub To Serve as a Central Technical, Operational and Processing Support Center for iPower Distribution Group's Network of 175 Industrial Distributors and their Customers
CLEVELAND, OH, May 15, 2001 - iPower Distribution Group, LLC ("iPower"), a provider of supply chain tools and technology, national integrated supply marketing programs and other services for distributors, announced that it will begin operations at its new National Operations Hub located in Westboro, Massachusetts. The National Hub will serve as a central technical, operational and processing support center for iPower's network of 175 industrial distributors and its end user customers.
Gary Rice, former President of iPower's New England distributor group, has accepted the position of President of iPower Distribution Group, LLC. Mr. Rice will focus on implementing a new national account program and consolidating appropriate regional operations at the National Hub.
"Consolidating operations into one central data center makes for a more efficient system and a better platform for iPower's national account programs," said Mr. Rice. "Many network back office support functions can now move to the National Hub to allow distributors to focus on account marketing, service and implementation."
The National Hub will also manage and support the integration of its existing integrated supply platform with the new e-commerce technology and tools platform gained in iPower's recent alliance with Bedford, Massachusetts based MRO Software (NASDAQ:MROI).
Joining Mr. Rice is an experienced staff of six operations and technical personnel also from the New England group. Mark Woodin will join Gary as Operations Manager while Dave O'Donnell will manage the Customer Solutions Group. Other members of the team include: Brenda Anderson, Operations Specialist; Frank Andreano, Senior Customer Support Specialist; Linda Lambert, Accounting Specialist and James Mullins, Customer Support Specialist.
"We are delighted to add such an experienced group to our iPower operation," commented J.D. Sullivan, Jr. CEO, iPower. "We are in the business of flawless execution and demanding customer standards. This is a team that can deliver."
In addition, iPower will consolidate its Worcester, Massachusetts based Software Development Center into the new Westboro location.
Development team members include iPower veterans Christopher Breault, Software Project Manager, Kevin Brody, Customer/Software Support and Robert Chesley, Chief Technology Officer.>
About iPower Logistics
iPower's electronic commerce software technology integrates a comprehensive stockroom inventory management system implemented at end customers' plants and facilities with its network's members. The Company's national marketing efforts pursue integrated supply contracts on behalf of its distributor members.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, iPower was founded in 1994 as iPower Distribution Group, Inc. and was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parker Hannifin Corporation. For more information visit http://www.ipowerdist.com.