Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), a global leader in IT asset disposition, today announced it upgraded its Columbus, Ohio-area value recovery facility, adding state-of-the-art automated equipment and a new layout to further increase processing efficiency and chain-of-custody security. As a result of the upgrades, the facility's IT asset processing capacity has increased 500 percent.

"Arrow continues to guide innovation forward in the IT asset disposition industry with state-of-the-art processing that creates a more efficient flow of IT assets through its best-in-class value recovery process. Continuous process improvements like these help our clients recoup the value of their disposed assets and get repurposed products to market faster," said Steinar Aune, director of North American operations for Arrow's value recovery business.

Arrow's value recovery business works with customers around the world to securely refurbish computers, servers, smartphones, printers and other electronic devices for additional use, or repurpose their still-valuable component parts for other uses. Whenever possible, Arrow emphasizes extending the life of these devices by selling them, redeploying them within organizations or donating them.

The 400,000 sq. ft. Columbus-area facility was already one of the largest IT asset disposition facilities in the world and Arrow's flagship processing facility in North America. As a result of the upgrades, IT assets now move along eight fully automated, straight-line conveyor systems where different activities are performed to test, inspect, erase data, install software and prepare assets for resale. The straight-line process flow requires minimal touch points, providing a secure chain-of-custody and resulting in a fast, efficient refurbishment process.

"Arrow is proud to lead the sea of change that is occurring in the IT asset industry by raising the bar in all parts of our operations and services—delivering five years out today," said Joep van Loon, vice president and North American general manager of Arrow's value recovery business.

The upgrades also increased the facility's capacity to handle the growing influx of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that companies and organizations want to responsibly refresh. Most mobile device trade-in services don't offer the enterprise-level data destruction needs that Arrow's value recovery business is uniquely equipped to address. The facility also houses a processing center for Arrow's reverse supply chain solutions business.

An open house will be held on June 21 st at the facility to showcase the renovations. Arrow made similar upgrades to its Dallas-area value recovery facility last year.

About Arrow Electronics:

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries.

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