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MEI Names Wittern Group Conlux North America Master Distributor

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WEST CHESTER, PA Nov. 20, 2006 – MEI, the global leader in vending solutions, has appointed Vendnet, Inc., a Wittern Group Company, as its North America Master Distributor for Conlux branded products for the Full Line vending industry - effective December 2, 2006. The Wittern Group is a leading vending machine manufacturer and vending financial services provider in North America.

“This year, The Wittern Group is celebrating its 75th year in the Vending industry. Their history as an established and respected vending manufacturer that shares our commitment to Customer service makes them the ideal distribution partner to care for our Conlux Customers,” said Mary Rampe, Director of MEI Vending. “With a loyal Customer base and solid service infrastructure, I am confident The Wittern Group will be successful in growing Conlux’s business in North America.”

“Conlux’s well-known and respected payment systems are a complement to our Wittern branded vending products. With the Conlux payment systems, we can now offer our Customers a complete vending package from our portfolio of products,” said Heidi Chico, President of The Wittern Group. “The reputation behind the Conlux brand makes it an ideal addition to our family of products.”

Dixie-Narco and MEI have mutually agreed to terminate their sales, distribution and service agreement, effective December 1, 2006. Until the effective date Dixie-Narco will remain a distributor of Conlux branded products. After December 1st MEI will be responsible for the management of the Conlux brand globally. Customers will receive communication from MEI prior to December 1, 2006 outlining the ordering and service processes.

About The Wittern Group and Vendnet
Founded in 1931, The Wittern Group provides a full range of products and services to meet small or large vending needs including design, manufacturing, financing, international sales, multiple vending asset management, re-manufacturing programs, parts, and support services. Vendnet ( provides parts and services to the vending industry through its network of more than 465 service providers throughout North America.

About MEI
MEI, headquartered in West Chester, PA, holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling in excess of 2 billion transactions per week in over 90 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill validator, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. It is the leading supplier of vending cashless systems in Japan. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, bottling, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit or call 1-800-345-8215. The Conlux brand is the leading payment systems product in Japan, and has been distributed in North America since 1985.

Media Contact:
Mary Rampe