manufacturer Maxtor Corp.; fills demand for quality drives to U.S. and Canadian resellers Business Editors & Computer Writers EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merisel Inc. (NASDAQ:MSEL) 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.
MERISEL ADDS STORAGE PRODUCT
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