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April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SI Systems, Inc., a material handling systems solutions provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of Paragon Technologies, Inc. (OTC Pink: PGNT), is pleased to announce that it has acquired Innovative Automation Inc. ("IA"), a leading provider of warehouse control systems (WCS) and warehouse management systems (WMS) solutions, based in
San Diego, California. The acquisition of IA represents a strategic shift for SI Systems as it begins to transition its market strategy to the growing markets for enhanced distribution and order fulfillment solutions.
IA brings the expertise and discipline around a "true versioned product approach" in the WCS and WMS marketplace. The IA WCS and WMS products bring a unique approach and solution to the material handling software market. "A truly versioned software product such as this fits well with the SI Systems model and strategy of focusing on distribution through regional integrators," stated
Larry Strayhorn, President and CEO of Paragon. "This will enable SI Systems to expand its Order Fulfillment technology suite and offering to a growing market segment."
"The acquisition of IA represents Paragon's commitment to reestablishing SI Systems' presence in one of the most attractive segments in the material handling industry, one of our goals since we assumed control of the Company," stated Sham Gad, Chairman of Paragon. "The upfront cash outlay will be funded by working capital and paid out as installments, with the remainder of the cash consideration to come in the form of royalties on future sales and margin targets."
"Everyone wins from this deal," added Mr. Gad. "SI Systems gets a dynamic product to enhance its services to its customers, IA gets the added technical, marketing, and sales capabilities of SI Systems, and the earn-out structure ensures that Paragon will grow for our shareholders along with future payments. I commend the efforts of our executives and directors in this process."