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Thomas Register® And Thomas Regional® Launch Thomasnet.COM™ To Provide One Premier Resource For Industry

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National Manufacturing Week, Chicago, Ill February 23, 2004 – Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. ®, a leading online provider of internet sourcing and marketing solutions for industrial buyers and sellers, today announced the launch of ThomasNet.com. ThomasNet.com, powered by Thomas Register and Thomas Regional, is the premier online resource for industry, offering the information and tools buyers and sellers need to connect and do business efficiently. ThomasNet.com offers the Web’s largest industrial resource, with over 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies within more than 67,000 searchable categories. By being a part of ThomasNet.com, industrial suppliers make it easier for buyers to find, specify and purchase their products and services online.

“As a result of communicating regularly and directly with both our users and customers, we realized a need for a single, state-of-the-art online solution for all of their purchasing and marketing needs,” said Eileen Markowitz, President of Thomas Industrial Network. “ThomasNet.com has been designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of the market we serve, and improves and facilitates the way industry does business.”

Thomas utilized FAST Enterprise Search Platform™, a leading provider of real-time search and filter technology, to enable ThomasNet.com’s robust search functionality. FAST’s integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of ThomasNet.com and connects users of ThomasNet.com to the relevant and deep industrial information they seek online.

“Combining FAST’s search technology with Thomas’ deep understanding of the industrial market allows us to effectively surface the content and tools our users need to make their quest for detailed product information, and therefore, their jobs more efficient,” comments Markowitz.

In addition to ThomasNet.com, Thomas Industrial Network offers the following specific solutions for industry:

Catalog Navigator – Catalog Navigator enables industrial suppliers to create a detailed searchable product catalog on their own website. Utilizing a variety of online search tools, including advanced keyword searches, Catalog Navigator makes it easy for buyers to specify the products and services they need online. Some of the key features of Catalog Navigator include:
  • Parametric searching – search according to technical specifications such as length, width, diameter and other product attributes.
  • Drill-down browsing - similar to browsing a comprehensive table of contents index.

    CAD Solutions – The ability to find and download CAD drawings can be a vital part of the sourcing and specification process. Thomas’ CAD offer consists of Thomas Register PartSpec, Thomas Register PlantSpec and Thomas Register CADBlocks. These tools, available on suppliers’ websites or as part of Thomas’ unique CAD library, offer a competitive advantage at the design stage of the industrial buying process by enabling detailed product searching with simple, direct insertion capabilities:
  • PartSpec – used to find mechanical and electrical parts
  • PlantSpec – used to select plant-design components and systems
  • CADBlocks – used to find architectural and building products

    Web Services – Thomas can design, build and host a website for industrial suppliers who don’t have a Web presence or need to update their current website. Thomas can also monitor online activity through WebTraxs, a Web tracking solution.

    Custom Quotes – Custom Quotes connects buyers and suppliers of custom manufacturing services. Buyers can post detailed RFQs online and suppliers receive RFQs that match their expertise, equipment and capacity.

    Freight Quotes – A complete online service, Freight Quotes gives buyers the ability to request competitively priced quotes for shipping services and to conduct transactions – including real-time scheduling, pick-up, shipment, billing and tracking.

    Product News Network – Access current news on industrial product releases ranging from adhesives to waste handling equipment.

    Thomas Register – For a century, the print directory has been the most comprehensive sourcing and purchasing resource available to the manufacturing sector. With its trusted reputation, buyers and sellers alike continue to rely on Thomas Register to connect and do business with one another.

    Thomas Register Regional – The print and CD-ROM Regional Buying Guides cover 19 major industrial markets, connecting buyers with suppliers of maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) products and services.

    About Thomas Industrial Network, Inc.
    Thomas Industrial Network is a leading provider of Internet sourcing and marketing solutions for industrial buyers and suppliers. ThomasNet.com, powered by Thomas Register of American Manufacturers and Thomas Regional Directory, offers a comprehensive online resource for industry, including detailed product information, company information and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. Additional information is available at www.ThomasNet.com.

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