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News   March 12, 2003   by Auto Service World

Wrenchead Torques Down Acquisition of MacDonald Computer Systems

Wrenchead, Inc. a leader in automotive aftermakret on-line e-commerce facilities has announced that it has completed its acquisition and subsequent merger of Valencia, California-based MacDonald Computer Systems, Inc.
Wrenchead supplies e-commerce enabling software and electronic catalog solutions to distribution-related industries. MacDonald Computer Systems is a leading provider of electronic parts catalogs, integrated distribution software, and e-business technology.
As a combined firm, Wrenchead and MacDonald products and services are used by over half of the top 50 distributors in the automotive aftermarket and over 20 Fortune 500 customers. Products are specialized for use by manufacturers, warehouse distributors, jobbers, and service dealers.
The acquisition will create the industry’s fastest growing next generation electronic catalog as well as create a single source of technology solutions for customers, according to the companies.
“This was a decisive move that accelerates our strategy and positions us to grow by offering even greater value to our customers and partners,” said Bryan Murphy, president and CEO of Wrenchead. “MacDonald has the talent and the commitment to win that we want on our team. In addition to the clear strategic benefits of combining two highly complementary organizations and product families, this acquisition vaults us into a leadership role with customers and partners.”
“MacDonald has a tradition of supplying highly engineered quality products, backed by outstanding customer support,” said Bruce Adamson, president of Information Services and E-business for Wrenchead, Inc. “The acquisition strengthens our sales capability and increases national exposure to our products. Merging with Wrenchead gives us critical mass and an end-to-end solution that will provide our customers with world class solutions and a competitive advantage.”

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