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Constellation Software Buys ASA Automotive Systems

Constellation Software’s Vela Operating Group has acquired Merrimack, NH-based ASA Automotive Systems, a supplier of software products for tire dealers, auto repair shops and retreaders, including POS, e-commerce, order processing, accounting and business management technology.

As a result of the acquisition, the ASA business will operate as an independent division of Constellation/Vela’s Friedman Corp. Deerfield, IL-based Friedman specializes in ERP software for manufacturers and distributors of “make to order” and “engineer to order” products in the building products, capital equipment and automotive sectors.

Mark Thompson, CEO of Friedman, said the acquisition of ASA complements Friedman’s markets and product portfolio. “The ASA product offering will enable us to further grow our already-strong presence in retail and wholesale supply chain operations,” Thompson explained.

ASA president Ken Halle said this new relationship gives ASA access to a broad network of software professionals, and provides the support and security of a strong global parent company to enable ASA to continue growing and building its software brand.

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