manufacturer Maxtor Corp.; fills demand for quality drives to U.S.
and Canadian resellers 
Business Editors & Computer Writers 
Tuesday announced it has signed an agreement with Maxtor Corp. of San
Jose, Calif. (NASDAQ:MXTR) 
Under terms of the agreement, Merisel will distribute Maxtor's line
of high-quality Hard Drive and Magneto-Optical storage products to
resellers throughout the United States and Canada. 
Maxtor manufactures a broad line of storage products ranging from
3.5-inch 80 megabyte MB IDE-AT and SCSI drives for IBM-compatible and
Macintosh computers to 130, 210, 340 and 535 MB drives.  The line also
features 410 MB, 769 MB, 1.2 gigabyte GB and 1.7 GB 5.25-inch drives. 
``Maxtor's focus on engineering and quality product has propelled
the company to the forefront of the drive business.  They also offer
Magneto-Optical drives with an excellent reputation for reliability,''
said Merisel Director of Peripherals Allan Schroeder.  ``Maxtor
represents a significant vendor acquisition for Merisel because it
expands our mass storage offerings with excellent products which are in
great demand in the marketplace.'' 
In addition, Schroeder noted that the need for hard drive storage
has grown significantly as a result of the increasing number of
Microsoft Windows users and the rising sales of more powerful networks
and systems. 
``VARs and resellers of CPUs and networks will be able to provide
Maxtor products to upgrade customers whose need for storage has
grown,'' Schroeder said. 
``We chose Merisel based on the company's capabilities and
excellent reputation as a nationwide, full-service distributor,'' said
Barbara Nelson, Maxtor vice president, sales development.  ``This
partnership will enable us to reach key markets currently not tapped by
Maxtor's distribution network.'' 
Maxtor, with headquarters in San Jose, designs and manufactures
high-performance Winchester and optical data storage products ranging
from 80 megabyte to 1.7 gigabyte capacity in the 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch and
5.25-inch form factors. 
Maxtor's subsidiaries include Maxoptix Corp., a leading supplier
of optical storage products, which it owns jointly with Kubota Corp.
and Storage Dimension Inc., a leading supplier of data storage
subsystems.  Maxtor employs approximately 9,000 worldwide. 
Merisel is the world's largest publicly held distributor of
microcomputer hardware and software products.  The company presently
stocks products from more than 700 manufacturers for sale to 50,000
resellers worldwide.  It currently maintains 20 distribution centers
that serve North America, Europe, Latin America and Australia. 
Merisel sells more than 10,000 products from manufacturers such as
ALR, Apple, AST Research, Borland International, Compaq, Digital
Equipment Corp., Hayes Microcomputer Products, IBM, Intel, Lotus
Development, Microsoft, NEC Technologies, Novell, Okidata, Software
Publishing Corp., Sun Microsystems, Symantec, WordPerfect and Wyse
Technology and offers a wide range of services to support resellers
with the sales of these products.
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