Ultimate Electronics and the PRO Buying Group have resumed their business affiliation. The regional specialty retail powerhouse was a member of PRO Group for 17 years before a recent, brief hiatus. The 65-store Ultimate chain becomes PRO Group's 17th current member, repositioning the buying group as an enterprise with 310 storefronts with annual retail sales of $2.3 billion. Ultimate rejoins PRO Group with the philosophy that the advantages of membership outweigh the fact that some of Ultimate's competitors in various markets are also members. "With the CE industry in such technological and distribution flux, leveraging audio/video specialty knowledge is more important than ever," said

Associated Volume Buyers (AVB) 5000 East Spring StreetSuite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 website: www.avb.net e-mail: blawrence@avb.net Bob Lawrence, Executive Director Dan Crain, President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,100 Storefronts: 1,800 Chapters: 15 Annual Sales Volume: $3.5 billion Key Suppliers: Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, Hitachi, Primestar, Echostar, DirecTV. Key Suppliers, Appliances: General Electric, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Holland, Oreck. Key Suppliers, Furniture: Ashley, Lane Action, Powell, Best Chair, Simmons, Stratford, Pulaski, Howard Miller. Description: Associated Volume Buyers is a 100 percent member-owned, member-managed

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