Aamp Buys American International

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Tampa Bay, Fla. - Aamp of America, a major supplier of mobile audio/video components and accessories such as installation kits, has acquired

American International

, which also supplies car audio installation kits and accessories.

Aamp markets accessories and kits under such brands as Stinger, iSimple, Pacific Accessory, Sound Quest and Best Kits & Harnesses. Aamp also sells car audio components under the Phoenix Gold brand.

The acquisition is the latest in a series of acquisitions closed by Aamp as part of a growth and investment strategy launched in early 2009. Acquisitions have included Phoenix Gold in 2009 and Select Distributors (Select Products). Aamp also acquired Pacific Accessory in 2009 and merged it with its peripheral electronics division into a single OEM-integration solutions provider.

 In other expansion efforts, Aamp said it has expanded its technical support hours, tech training capabilities and logistics infrastructure.

"American International and Best Kits & Harnesses will continue to service their current and future business partners worldwide and focus on synergies that exist to enhance and improve the level of technical innovation, product offerings, training, marketing and service available to our customers," said Aamp CEO Ron Freeman.

American International products include car stereo installation kits, wire harnesses and antenna accessories. American International will continue to market and manufacture out of its Camarillo, Calif., facility. American's products will be displayed at the Aamp booth at International CES in the North Hall, booth 909.

Aamp is a portfolio company of the

Audax Group

, an investor in lower-middle market companies.

In a separate announcement, Phoenix Gold appointed Ken Wiseman as sales director. Wiseman has 19 years of sales and account management experience in the industry, most recently serving for six years as director of sales and marketing for Elettromedia-USA, importer of Audison and Hertz from Italy. Before that, he was with Eclipse for three years as a regional and national sales manager and with Sony Mobile for 10 years as a key account sales manager.


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