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February 20, 2015 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Extends First Communications Inc. Agreement to Continue Offering Telecommunication Services Savings to Members



FirstCommunicationsCLEVELAND - CHAMPS Group Purchasing has extended its First Communications Inc. agreement to continue offering members savings on telecommunication, internet and telephone services.

“CHAMPS is pleased to extend its long-standing contract with First Communications for an additional year,” said Jan Elder, director of contracting services, CHAMPS Group Purchasing. “First Communications has been delivering great telecommunications products and services to our members for more than a decade. IT managers, in particular, appreciate all the benefits this contract provides.”

All classes of trade are eligible to utilize this First Communications agreement. The service area of this agreement consists of regional facilities with a national presence.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to continue delivering leading-edge technology solutions to CHAMPS’ members," said Margi Shaw, president, First Communications. "We are fortunate to have created and maintained a strong partnership with CHAMPS. It has led to many positive results.”

About CHAMPS Group Purchasing
CHAMPS Group Purchasing leverages the purchasing power of 5,000+ members across the United States allowing them access to significant savings in product categories, including medical supplies, foodservice, wireless, office supplies and facility maintenance. As an owner of Premier, one of the largest buying groups in the country, CHAMPS sponsors its members allowing them access to more than $40 billion in purchasing volume, 2,000+ agreements, GPO contract management and unparalleled customer service. It’s simple to start realizing significant savings - with zero fees and no cost to join - the sign-up process is seamless. CHAMPS is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and to ERC’s Northcoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014. For more, visit champsgpo.com.

About First Communications
Founded in 1998, First Communications Inc. is a leading regional competitive communications provider offering high-capacity TDM and Ethernet based voice, Internet and data networking services throughout the Midwest United States. We are headquartered in Akron, Ohio with offices in the greater Chicago area. Through numerous acquisitions and strong organic growth over the last five years, the First Communications network has grown to include more than 600 on-net wire centers and network reach across the continental United States. First Communications takes pride in being able to assist the typically underserved Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market through its Business Services Group (BSG). First Communications' SME customer base encompasses a wide variety of industry segments including health services, personal services, retail, automotive (dealers, service and repair), real estate, food and beverage establishments and professional services. As a customer-focused organization, First Communications will continue to invest in its network to deliver highly scalable and reliable services that meet the needs of its customers.