Smith & Associates Rises to Top Ranking

HOUSTON, TEXAS - (July 8, 2009) - Smith & Associates' twenty-five years of expertise in electronics distribution was recognized recently by the award of a top ranking among its peers.  In a survey of independent electronics distributors, Purchasing Magazine honored Smith & Associates with a number one ranking.  Rankings for independent distributors based on 2008 sales were released by Purchasing Magazine on July 2, 2009.

Although many independent distributors experienced a decline in sales, Smith's sales increased in 2008. Smith reported $311 million in sales for 2008, with growth of 3% over the previous year.

"Considering that we were in a recession, a three percent increase in sales is something we can feel good about. We take pride in what our growth says about Smith's strength, people, and customer relationships," said Marc Barnhill, Chief Trading Officer.

With the recession causing many smaller brokers to go out of business, Smith's seasoned traders and commitment to quality contributed to growth in 2008.

"In this economy, buyers have growing concerns about accountability and quality. Smith has been in business since 1984, and our customers know they can count on us to stand behind our products and services," said Barnhill.

The economic downturn also sparked a need among high-tech manufacturers to explore cost-savings opportunities. As a result, Smith saw increased interest in its supply chain strategies.

"Now, more than ever, manufacturers are evaluating their supply chains to make them more efficient. Smith has the experience, market intelligence, and global presence to implement supply chain strategies that help our customers meet their financial objectives," stated Barnhill.

About Smith & Associates

Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates ( is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and supply chain strategies, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 300 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$300 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Seoul. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

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For more information, contact:
Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing (713) 430-3000

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