Appliance Distributors Inc., commonly known as ADI, is shutting down operations at the end of this year just months after opening a second store at Hamburg.

President Wade Kundinger said the company has suffered from a slowdown in construction business. ADI had purchased appliances for a number of construction projects that stalled or were canceled, he said, and has been unable to sell the products. Other customers have passed on them, he said, because they were lower-end appliances purchased for apartment complexes.

Audio Authority announced Monday that it has named DBL Distributing its first national distributor for the U.S. The deal covers the company's custom integration product line.

As a result of its board of trustees’ 2005 strategic planning session, the Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association (MERA) established a new focus, outlining new goals to drive the association as it aims to elevate the success of specialty retailers in the mobile enhancement industry. One of the stated goals was that “MERA will be the first place retailers turn for industry insight and guidance.” To this end, MERA’s primary objective is to “increase our ability to collect, categorize and analyze data on emerging industry issues.” With input from select industry professionals who comprise MERA’s newly formed Forecast Advisory Committee, MERA has compiled its first

Elan takes a chance at hosting its own dealer conference By David Dritsas Elan Home Systems wagered that it could host a two-day conference for its network of dealers, hoping that many of them would make a trip off the beaten path to Lexington, Ky., home to horse racing, bourbon and Elan's corporate headquarters. The bet paid off in spades, as approximately 380 people attended, beating the company's most optimistic expectations. The population ranged from owners to salespeople to technicians. "I was hoping for 150," said Cat Fowler, director of marketing for Elan, "but by the the end I was unfortunately turning people

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