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MAVERICK Announces Microsoft Business Solutions — Axapta Software License Sale to LaBarge Pipe and Steel

COLUMBIA, Ill., February 23, 2005 — MAVERICK Technologies, LLC, a leading operational consulting and systems integration services company and a reseller of powerful business solutions, announced today that it has completed a Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta software license sale to LaBarge Pipe and Steel, an industry leader in steel pipe distribution and services.

MAVERICK Technologies is a nationwide, full service, operational consulting and systems integration firm headquartered in the greater St. Louis, MO area. MAVERICK provides its client base with innovative and progressive operational consulting, engineering, data integration and information technology solutions.

LaBarge Pipe & Steel Company entered the Steel Pipe distribution industry in 1952. Serving the needs of Gas Transmission / Distribution, Petrochemical, Water / Wastewater Treatment, Energy and Construction Markets, LaBarge has developed a reputation for unparalleled quality of product and service. As one of the largest stocking distributors in North America, LaBarge offers every customer the best opportunity to find the pipe they need, when and where they need it. Its strategic stocking locations across the country provide a wide range of services, including cutting, beveling, coating and many others. Over the years, LaBarge has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the Steel Pipe industry. MAVERICK is a Microsoft Certified Partner and reseller of Microsoft — Axapta, a powerful and flexible business management application.

LaBarge Pipe and Steel selected Microsoft-Axapta and MAVERICK Technologies to improve its efficiency across all of its business processes and advance its information technology environment. “When it came down to industry knowledge and selecting the system that would enable LaBarge to reach the next level, MAVERICK and Microsoft presented an easy choice,” says Pierre LaBarge, President and CEO. “We will be implementing Microsoft Axapta nationwide and the project should be completed by mid-third quarter, 2005.”

“Microsoft Axapta is a highly scalable and flexible system that gives a competitive advantage to Midmarket manufacturers,” says Kim Tubbs-Herron Area General Manager of the North Central Area at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is proud to offer a completely integrated business management framework with broad and advanced functionality that can help streamline key business processes and improve efficiencies throughout their organization. We are excited about the quality of product customers will receive with the coupled expertise of MAVERICK Technologies.”

Paul Galeski, the President and founder of MAVERICK Technologies comments; “We are extremely pleased to add LaBarge Pipe & Steel to our growing client base for Microsoft Axapta. We are also looking forward to creating a ‘showcase’ implementation in our home town of St. Louis.”

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