FRAMINGHAM, Mass.-ASA International Ltd. has increased its product offerings and client base after agreeing Aug. 30 to acquire Progressive Computer Systems Inc. of Kirkland, Wash. Through its subsidiary, ASA Tire Systems, ASA said it will market, through a licensing agreement, the Progressive TirePro Software to independent tire dealers and provide product support and service to existing Progressive clients. The corporate entity of Progressive will disappear, but ASA will retain the trade name.
Progressive President Mary Winter and ASA for years had periodic discussions about merging operations, according to ASA International CEO Alfred Angelone. A few years ago ASA had purchased Ms. Winter's Computers Northwest operation.
Ms. Winter will join ASA to head its West Coast operations, and the firm will retain Progressive's staff, Mr. Angelone said.
ASA has a client base of 600 tire retailers, while Progressive had 130 retailers, Mr. Angelone said.
The acquisition ``gives us a stronger position and adds to our product package,'' Mr. Angelone said. ASA, based in Framingham, develops, supports and markets proprietary enterprise software for tire retailers and distributors and other businesses.
``From the customer's perspective, this is not a significant change,'' said Wayne C. Croswell, president of ASA Tire Systems.
Mr. Croswell announced the acquisition during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association annual convention in Atlanta, Sept. 5.
ASA did not disclose the price of the buyout, but expects to close the deal in October.