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02/28/2005

National Pronto Association and RPM Group join forces!



Pronto - RPM Union Results in Billion Dollar Group

The RPM Group and National Pronto Association announced today they have reached an agreement to join forces. According to Michael Mitchell, Executive Director of the RPM Group, “this move was unanimously approved by our members.” Bill Maggs, President of Pronto stated, “This move is in line with the Pronto growth strategy of adding quality entrepreneurial businesses”.

The combination of the two groups will bring together 65 independent aftermarket companies representing more than 1 billion dollars of combined sales volume. The groups’ shareholders service the professional and retail trade, through wholesale and company owned chain-store operations.

Maggs and Mitchell both agree the synergies between the two groups are tremendous. Benefits to Shareholders of the association include marketing, promotions, buying programs and the ability to utilize either the “Pronto Smart Choice” or “VIP Tech Center” marketing programs.

The combined group will fly the Pronto banner and operate out of the National Pronto Association office located in Justin, Texas. Michael Mitchell will relocate to Texas as the Director of Supply Chain Management. In this position Michael will lead Pronto’s e-commerce initiatives which include Corcentric, MISG, and CTS data warehouse. A review of other personnel and merger issues will be complete by April 1st.

Dru Salvo, RPM Group President commented “By combining the groups, we feel that it will strengthen all the Members’ positions in the aftermarket industry as we go forward.”

John Cousins, National Pronto Association Chairman stated, “I want to welcome the RPM Membership to Pronto. Our Memberships share a common culture and entrepreneurial spirit. Our new combined Board will be structured to provide comprehensive benefits of the new larger group equally to all members of both groups.”

National Pronto Association is a member owned and directed automotive aftermarket programmed distribution group. Questions regarding membership should be directed to Murray Sullivan, Director of Business Development 1-800-477-6686 or by e-mail murray@pronto-net.com

For additional corporate information contact:
Bill Maggs 817-430-9449
Michael Mitchell 504-985-0776

 

 

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