-Changes Reflect Widespread Adoption of the Internet Among Industrial Buyers and Sellers-
NEW YORK --- May 31, 2005 - Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. (www.ThomasNet.com), the leading provider of Internet sourcing and marketing solutions for industrial buyers and sellers, today announced that it is discontinuing its print publications, reflecting an over ten-year transition to the Internet as the primary information source of the industrial market.
Following the 2006 edition of the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, Thomas Industrial Network will cease publication of this print directory, familiarly known to industry as the "Big Green Books." The Thomas Register Regional Buying Guides will be discontinued as well. The full information from these publications, and much more, will continue to be available free-of-charge at ThomasNet.com.
For years, the Internet has played a growing role in how buyers and specifiers source for products and services, and today, it is often the only resource they use. "We have been working right along with our clients to help them build a strong Internet presence to reach these buyers," said Eileen G. Markowitz, President, Thomas Industrial Network. "As an Internet marketing company, all our energies and investments are directed to serving our clients - where and how they can best reach customers. To do this, we provide Internet marketing and website and content management solutions, including online catalogs, e-commerce capabilities and CAD drawing distribution."
Thomas' clients have seen first-hand how the Internet can help their businesses. Minor Rubber, a leading manufacturer of rubber products, has been an advertiser in Thomas publications since 1952. "We've always benefited from Thomas' deep content expertise and wide customer reach," said Tom Fitzhenrey, Vice President of Sales, Minor Rubber. "Over the past few years we have shifted much of our advertising investment to Thomas' online offerings, including ThomasNet.com, and have seen sales increase dramatically."
ThomasNet.com is the leading online resource in the industrial/business-to-business arena. Over one million visitors - qualified as industrial buyers and engineers - turn to ThomasNet.com each month to find the products and services they need. "Industrial suppliers depend on us to help them attract the right buyers for what they sell, and help them improve their websites so they can turn those buyers into long-term customers," said Ms. Markowitz.
ThomasNet.com offers relevant content and functionality to assist industrial buyers in doing their jobs. This includes:
o Local search. The ability to narrow a search by geography allows industrial buyers to find the right suppliers they need, whether they are across town or across the country.
o Industrial focus. The content of ThomasNet.com is 100 percent focused on the industrial market, with over 650,000 manufacturers, distributors and service companies indexed by 67,000 product and service categories.
o In-depth content, product-specific, detailed technical information. Resources include suppliers' product catalogs, e-commerce capabilities, and over 20 million CAD drawings.
o Customization. The site enables users to modify results, save searches, and communicate directly with potential suppliers.
o Latest industrial product news. Up-to-date new product news, customizable by category.
ThomasNet.com brings together industrial buyers and suppliers on a national, regional, and local level. For industrial buyers, ThomasNet.com is an industrial search engine that provides one source for finding the exact product, service or supplier they need - at the exact time they need it. ThomasNet.com also gives buyers direct access to the detailed information they need to make a purchasing or specifying decision, including line-item product details, product catalogs, CAD drawings, and more. For industrial suppliers, ThomasNet.com is a leading provider of Internet marketing solutions. The company helps suppliers grow their business online by driving qualified industrial traffic to their Websites, and converting that traffic into customers. ThomasNet.com's complete range of online catalog, e-commerce, and CAD solutions helps suppliers deliver the detailed information buyers expect on the Web. ThomasNet.com is brought to you by Thomas Industrial Network, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC.
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