AT&T WINS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FROM ENNIS INC.
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas, August 18, 2005 - AT&T announced today that it has won a multimillion-dollar integrated networking contract from Ennis Inc. (NYSE: EBF), one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the United States. Terms were not disclosed.
AT&T’s networking solutions will play a role in helping implement Ennis’ acquisition integration process. During the past year, Ennis’ merger and acquisition program has led the company into new areas of opportunity. AT&T’s solution will ensure voice and data flow reliably and securely on an integrated platform.
By terms of the contract, AT&T will continue providing an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) solution, which makes it possible for Ennis to efficiently and cost-effectively link its 41 facilities located throughout 16 states, Mexico and Canada, and keep information flowing with its national network of more than 40,000 distributors.
"A reliable, high-bandwidth network is a must as we implement sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems," said Harve Cathey, Ennis’ chief financial officer. "AT&T’s networking solutions are giving managers more control over the operations, optimizing efficiency and performance across the company."
AT&T also will support Ennis’ business continuity plan by building redundancies into the network to ensure financial, customer relationship management and business data can flow securely and uninterrupted to and from the Midlothian headquarters.
The contract also includes managed networking services, teleconferencing, domestic and international long distance, and toll free services.
Ennis can monitor the performance of its network and applications through the secure AT&T customer portal, AT&T BusinessDirect®, which provides operational efficiencies including around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to trouble management systems.
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Ennis, Inc. (www.ennis.com; formerly Ennis Business Forms, Inc.), together with its subsidiaries, operates in two business segments: the Printing Segment and Apparel Segment. There are three groups within the Printing Segment: the Forms Solutions Group, Promotional Solutions Group, and Financial Solutions Group. The Apparel Segment consists entirely of the Apparel Solutions Group. The Forms Solutions Group is primarily engaged in the business of manufacturing and selling business forms and other printed business products. The Promotional Solutions Group is primarily engaged in the business of design, production and distribution of printed and electronic media, presentation products, flexographic printing, advertising specialties and Post-it® Notes. The Financial Solutions Group designs, manufactures and markets printed forms and specializes in internal bank forms, secure and negotiable documents and custom products. The Apparel Solutions Group manufactures T-Shirts and distributes T-Shirts and other activewear apparel through six distribution centers located throughout North America.
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE "T", www.att.com <http://www.att.com>) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.