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A.C. MOORE ARTS & CRAFTS INC (ACMR)
A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer in the eastern region of the United States. It offers a selection of arts, crafts, and floral merchandise to consumers. The company provides paints, brushes, canvas, drawing tools, rubber stamps and stationery, scrapbooking supplies, stencils, and frames; stitchery, yarn, cake and candy making supplies, glass crafts, wood crafts, kids crafts, felt, glitter, dollmaking, dollhouses and furniture, and instructional books; and silk and dried flowers, flower vases and other products, floral arrangements, ribbon and lace, wedding related items, potpourri, candles, candle making supplies, and wicker baskets. In addition, it offers T-shirts and sweatshirts, decorative items like patches and rhinestones, and jewelry making supplies like beads; and seasonal items, such as craft making materials, decorations and floral products for holidays and seasons. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated a 96-store chain of retail arts and crafts stores in the eastern region of the United States. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Blackwood, New Jersey.
AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company offers a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, vehicle maintenance and repair services, vehicle parts, extended service contracts, vehicle protection products, and other aftermarket products. As of December 31, 2004, it owned and operated 358 new vehicle franchises from 281 stores located in metropolitan markets in 17 states, principally in the Sunbelt region of the United States. The company was founded by H. Wayne Huizenga. It was formerly known as Republic Industries, Inc. and changed its name to AutoNation, Inc. in 1999. AutoNation is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
BOOKS-A-MILLION INC (BAMM)
Books-A-Million, Inc. operates as a retailer of book merchandise in the southeastern United States. The company operates through two segments, Retail Trade and Electronic Commerce Trade. The Retail Trade segment engages primarily in the retail trade and supply of book merchandise. It operates superstores that offer a selection of best sellers, as well as other hardcover and paperback books, magazines, local newspapers, and gifts; traditional stores, which provide a selection of books, magazines, and gift items; and Joe Muggs newsstands that offer a selection of magazines and newspapers, as well as hardcover and paperback books. Its superstores also include a Joe Muggs cafe, serving Joe Muggs coffee and assorted pastries. As of November 18, 2005, the company operated 208 stores. The Electronic Commerce Trade segment sells a range of products over the Internet under the names Booksamillion.com and Joemuggs.com. Booksamillion.com sells a selection of books, magazines, and gift items. Joemuggs.com offers a selection of whole bean coffee, confections, and related gift items. Books-A-Million was founded in 1917 and is based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Blockbuster, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in operation and franchise of entertainment-related stores in the United States and internationally. The company offers prerecorded videos, as well as video games, for in-store rental, sale and trade, and also sells other entertainment-related merchandise. It also operates BLOCKBUSTER ONLINE, an online service offering rental of movies delivered by mail. As of September 30, 2005, the company operated 9,076 stores. Blockbuster, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
Borders Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates book, music, and movie superstores, as well as mall-based bookstores. The company also operates mall-based bookstores that offer customers new releases, hardcover and paperback bestsellers, periodicals, and a standard selection of other titles. As of October 22, 2005, the company operated 516 superstores under the Borders name, including 466 in the United States, 32 in the United Kingdom, 12 in Australia, 3 in Puerto Rico, 2 in New Zealand, and 1 in Singapore. It also operated 700 mall-based and other bookstores, including bookstores primarily under the Waldenbooks, Borders Express, and Borders Outlet names, as well as Borders-branded airport stores, and 33 bookstores under the Books etc. name in the United Kingdom, as of the above date. In addition, the company owned and operated United Kingdom-based Paperchase Products Limited, a designer and retailer of stationery, cards and gifts, with 85 locations, including 36 located inside Borders International superstores, as of the above date. Borders Group, Inc. is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. primarily operates as a bookseller in the United States. It sells trade books of hardcover and paperback consumer titles (excluding educational textbooks and specialized religious titles); mass-market paperbacks, such as mystery, romance, science fiction, and other fictions; and children's books, bargain books, magazines, and music under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the B. Dalton Bookseller trade names. The Barnes & Noble stores offer a title base, a cafe, a children's section, a music department, a magazine section, and a calendar of ongoing events, including author appearances and children's activities. The company also offers the Barnes & Noble membership program, which entitles the customer to receive a 10% discount in the company's stores and on the Barnes & Noble.com Web site. The B. Dalton Bookstores carry titles of various subject categories, such as business, computers, and cooking and reference, which are supplemented by new releases, bestsellers, and other titles. As of October 29, 2005, the company operated 824 bookstores, including 683 Barnes & Noble Booksellers and 141 B. Dalton Bookseller throughout the United States. In addition, Barnes & Noble, through its majority owned Calendar Club, operates seasonal kiosks. Further, through its Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., it publishes various titles in the area of how-to, reference, cooking, home design, and health books. The company was incorporated in 1986 and is based in New York City.
Conseco, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, marketing, and administration of supplemental health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance, and other insurance products in the United States. The company operates in two groups, Bankers Life and Conseco Insurance. The Bankers Life group markets and distributes Medicare supplement insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and annuities to the senior market through exclusive career agents and sales managers. It also markets graded benefit and simplified issue life insurance directly to consumers through television advertising, direct mail, the Internet, and telemarketing. The Conseco Insurance Group markets and distributes specified disease insurance, Medicare supplement insurance, and certain life and annuity products to the senior and middle-income markets through independent marketing organizations that represent producing independent agents. The company was founded as Security National of Indiana Corp. in 1979 and changed its name to Conseco, Inc. in 1984. Conseco is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.
EZCORP, Inc. operates pawnshops and signature loan stores that function as sources of short-term cash. The signature loan stores offer payday loans or credit services. EZCORP lends or provides credit services to individuals who do not have cash resources or access to credit to meet short-term cash needs. The company, through its subsidiaries, offers nonrecourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, generally jewelry, consumer electronics, tools, sporting goods, and musical instruments, as well as sells merchandise from its pawn lending operations to consumers. It also offers short-term noncollateralized loans, such as payday loans, and fee based credit services to customers seeking loans. As of September 30, 2005, the company offered signature loans in 234 EZMONEY loan stores, 98 of its pawnshops, and in an Austin, Texas-based payday loan call center. The company serves specialty consumer finance industry. EZCORP was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
FIRST CASH FINANCIAL SERVICES INC (FCFS)
First Cash Financial Services, Inc. provides specialty consumer finance products through pawn stores. The company's pawn stores advance money against pledged tangible personal property, such as jewelry, electronic equipment, tools, sporting goods, and musical equipment; retail previously owned merchandise acquired through collateral forfeitures and over-the-counter purchases from customers; and offer short-term and unsecured advances. It also operates short-term or payday advance stores that provide a range of consumer financial services products, including payday or short-term advances, check cashing, money order sales, money transfers, and bill payment services. As of December 31, 2004, the company owned and operated 197 pawn stores and 87 payday advance stores in 292 locations in 11 states in the United States and 5 states in Mexico. In addition, First Cash has a 50% partnership in Cash & Go, Ltd., which owns and operates 40 kiosks located inside convenience stores. The company was formed in 1988 and is based in Arlington, Texas.
FERRELLGAS PARTNERS L.P (FGP)
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and sale of propane, and related equipment and supplies to customers in the United States. Its propane is used in residential and commercial buildings' space heating, water heating, and cooking; agricultural applications, such as crop drying, space heating, irrigation, and weed control; and in various industrial applications as an engine fuel in internal combustion engines that power vehicles and forklifts, and as a heating or energy source in manufacturing and drying processes. The company's other activities include common carrier services; the wholesale marketing of propane appliances and propane; and the sale of refined fuels and carbon dioxide. Ferrellgas Partners serves residential, industrial/commercial, portable tank exchange, agricultural, and other customers in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and Canada. The company provides propane through a network of independent and partnership-owned distribution outlets. As of July 31, 2005, it had 853 propane distribution locations. Ferrellgas, Inc. acts as its general partner. Ferrellgas Partners was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
FINLAY ENTERPRISES INC (FNLY)
Finlay Enterprises, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Finlay Fine Jewelry Corporation, engages in the retail of fine jewelry in the United States. The company sells a range of fine jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and watches. It also provides jewelry and watch repair services. In addition, Finlay Enterprises operates licensed fine jewelry departments in department stores throughout the United States. The company operated 962 locations, as of April 30, 2005. Finlay Enterprises was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in New York City.
GLOBAL IMAGING SYSTEMS INC (GISX)
Global Imaging Systems, Inc. provides office technology solutions to middle market businesses in the United States. Its products and services include various automated office equipment, including digital black and white copiers, color copiers, duplicators, facsimile machines, printers, multifunction equipment, and related supply and service contracts; network integration solutions, such as network design, network installation, network software and hardware, technical support contracts, network support contracts, Internet services, and wireless network systems; and electronic presentation systems, including, data and video projectors, interactive whiteboards, video conferencing systems, audio/visual equipment, and related supply and service contracts. The company also offers contract services for its automated office equipment, as well as provides network design and installation, onsite maintenance and repair visits, technical assistance by telephone and the Internet, and training for its customers' employees. Global Imaging Systems serves various customers in the manufacturing, distribution, financial services, healthcare, and retail industries, as well as educational institutions, local and state governments, and not-for-profit organizations. As of June 30, 2005, it offered solutions to its customers from a network of 180 locations in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Global Imaging Systems was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE INC (GPI)
Group 1 Automotive, Inc. operates in the automotive retailing industry. The company, through its dealerships and Internet sites, sells new and used cars, and light trucks; arranges related financing, vehicle service, and insurance contracts; provides maintenance and repair services; and sells replacement parts. As of February 28, 2005, the company owned and operated 142 dealership franchises and 32 collision centers primarily located in major metropolitan markets in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas. Group 1 Automotive is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
HASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT INC (HAST)
Hastings Entertainment, Inc. serves as a multimedia entertainment retailer. The company operates entertainment superstores that sell, trade, and rent various home entertainment products, including books, music, software, periodicals, new and used CDs, DVDs, video games and videocassettes, video game consoles, and DVD players, as well as trendy products such as t-shirts, action figures, posters, and greeting cards. It also operates a multimedia entertainment e-commerce Web site, www.gohastings.com, which offers books, music, software, videocassettes, video games, and DVDs. As of July 31, 2005, Hastings Entertainment operated 153 superstores primarily in small- to medium-sized markets located in 20 states, primarily in the western and midwestern United States. Hastings Entertainment was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas.
HIBBETT SPORTING GOODS INC (HIBB)
Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets in the southeast, mid-atlantic, and midwest United States. The company, through its stores, offers athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel. As of January 29, 2005, it operated 461 Hibbett Sports stores, 17 smaller-format Sports Additions athletic shoe stores, and 4 larger format Sports & Co. superstores. Through its subsidiary, Hibbett Team Sales, Inc., the company supplies athletic apparel, equipment, and footwear to school, athletic, and youth programs in Alabama. Hibbett Sporting was founded in 1945 under the name Dixie Supply Company. It changed its name to Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. in 1996. The company is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
GALLERY OF HISTORY INC (HIST)
Gallery of History, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries engage in the acquisition and marketing of documents of historical or social significance to the general public. The company markets letters and documents, as well as signatures of presidents, other governmental and political figures, significant physicians, inventors, Nobel Prize winners, explorers, aviators, scientists, entertainers, authors, artists, musicians, composers, clergymen, judges, lawyers, military figures, and well-known persons in sports. As of September 30, 2005, its inventory of documents consisted of approximately 182,000 various documents. In addition, Gallery of History sells a book, known as The Handbook of Historical Documents-A Guide to Owning History. The company sells its products primarily to the individuals who collect antiques, paintings, lithographs, and other works of art or other collectibles. Gallery of History was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marinemax, Inc. engages in the retail sale, brokerage, and servicing of new and used boats, motors, trailers, marine parts, and accessories in the United States. It offers new and used recreational boats, including motor yachts; convertibles; specialty boats and yachts; fishing boats; pleasure boats, such as sport boats, sport cruisers, sport yachts, yachts, and mega-yachts; related marine parts and accessories, including oils, lubricants, steering and control systems, corrosion control products, maintenance, service products, engines, trailers, parts, and propellers; boating accessories, such as life jackets, inflatables, and water sports equipment; and novelty items, including shirts, caps, and license plates. The company also arranges related boat financing, insurance, and extended service contracts; provides maintenance, repair, and storage services; offers boat and yacht brokerage services; and offers slip and storage accommodations. It sells recreational boats and other marine products and offer related boat services through various retail locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. As of September 30, 2005, the company operated 71 retail locations. MarineMax was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.
CarMax, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries operate as a retailer of used cars and light trucks in the United States. It purchases, reconditions, and sells used vehicles. The company also provides a range of related services, including the financing of vehicle purchases, third-party lenders, sale of extended service plans and accessories, and vehicle repair service. The company also sells new vehicles under various franchise agreements. As of August 31, 2005, it operated 63 used car superstores, as well as operated 7 new car franchises. CarMax was co-founded by Austin Ligon in 1993. The company is based in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Lithia Motors, Inc. operates as a retailer of new and used vehicles. The company sells new and used cars, and light trucks; sells replacement parts; provide vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services; and arranges related financing, service contracts, protection products, and credit insurance for its automotive customers. As of May 06, 2005, Lithia Motors sold 25 brands of new vehicles through 176 franchises in 88 stores in the western United States and over the Internet. The company was founded in 1946 by Walt DeBoer. Lithia Motors is based in Medford, Oregon.
Office Depot, Inc. supplies office products and services in North America and internationally. The company provides its products in three categories: supplies; technology; and furniture and other. The supplies category includes paper, filing, binders, writing instruments, adhesives, school supplies, and ink and toner. The technology category includes desktop and laptop computers, monitors, printers, copiers, cables, software, digital cameras, telephones, and wireless communications products. The furniture and other category include desks, chairs, luggage, calculators, products, and services and other miscellaneous items. It sells its products under Office Depot, Viking Office Products, Viking Direct, 4Sure.com, Guilbert, and NiceDay brand names. The company offers its products and services through wholly owned retail stores, contract business-to-business sales relationships, commercial catalogs, and multiple Web sites. Office Depot was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Deiray Beach, Florida.
BOISE CASCADE CORPORATION (OMX)
OfficeMax Incorporated provides office supplies, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers in the United States. The company distributes a line of office products, which include office supplies, and paper, print, and document services; technology products and solutions; and office furniture to corporate, government, and small and medium sized offices. It markets and sells products through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, Internet, and office products stores. As of December 31, 2004, OfficeMax operated 68 distribution centers, 100 stores, and 935 superstores in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. The company was organized as Boise Payette Lumber Company in 1931 and changed its name to Boise Cascade Corporation in 1957. Further, Boise Cascade changed its name to OfficeMax, Inc. in 2003. OfficeMax is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois.
PETsMART, Inc. provides products, services, and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets in North America. It offers pet services, including grooming, such as precision cuts, baths, toenail trimming, and toothbrushing; pet training; PETsHOTEL; and Doggie Day Camp. The company's PETsHOTEL provides boarding for dogs and cats, 24-hour supervision, an oncall veterinarian, temperature controlled rooms and suites, daily specialty treats, and play time, as well as day camp for dogs. PETsMART, through a strategic relationship with Banfield, also offers various veterinary care, including examinations and vaccinations, dental care, a pharmacy, and routine and complex surgical procedures. In addition, through PETsMART Charities, Inc., it creates and supports programs that intend to help find a lifelong home for every pet. PETsMART sells its products through its stores, as well as through direct marketing channels, including PETsMART.com, an Internet pet e-commerce site, and an e-commerce site to equine products and two branded catalogs. As of March 25, 2005, the company operated 725 retail stores in the United States and Canada. PETsMART was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
SONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC (SAH)
Sonic Automotive, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. Its dealerships provide services, including sales of new and used cars, and light trucks; sales of replacement parts and performance of vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services; and arrangement of service contracts, nonrecourse financing, insurance, vehicle protection products, and other aftermarket products for its automotive customers. As of March 1, 2005, the company operated 192 dealership franchises, representing 38 different brands of cars and light trucks at 159 dealership locations, and 40 collision repair centers in 15 states. Sonic Automotive was founded by O. Bruton Smith. The company was organized in 1997 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
STAR GAS PARTNERS L.P (SGU)
Star Gas Partners, L.P. operates as a home heating oil retail distributor and services provider in the United States. It sells home heating oil; installs, maintains, and repairs heating and air conditioning equipment; and markets other petroleum products, including diesel fuel and gasoline to residential and commercial customers to heat their homes and buildings. As of September 30, 2005, the company served approximately 480,000 residential variable, residential protected price, and commercial/industrial customers through automatic delivery system in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Star Gas Partners was formed in 1995 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
SHARPER IMAGE CORPORATION (SHRP)
Sharper Image Corporation operates as a specialty retailer of various products, including electronics, recreation and fitness, personal care, house ware, travel, toy, gifts, and other categories. It markets and sells its merchandise primarily through three sales channels: The Sharper Image stores; The Sharper Image catalog, which includes direct marketing activities and television infomercials; and the Internet. The company also engages in business-to-business wholesale operations, as well as owns and operates online auction Web site and an online outlet store to help manage refurbished and close-out inventory. As of July 31, 2005, it operated 183 stores throughout the United States. The company was founded by Richard J. Thalheimer in 1977 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
SUBURBAN PROPANE PARTNERS L.P (SPH)
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its partnerships and subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and marketing of propane, fuel oil, and other refined fuels in the United States. It also markets natural gas and electricity in deregulated markets. The partnership operates in four segments: Propane; Fuel Oil and Refined Fuels; Natural Gas and Electricity; and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The Propane segment distributes propane to residential customers for heating, water heating, clothes drying, and cooking; to commercial customers for use as a motor fuel to power over-the-road vehicles, forklifts, and stationary engines, and as a cutting gas in other processes; and to agricultural customers for tobacco curing, crop drying, poultry brooding, and weed control. The Fuel Oil and Refined Fuels segment primarily engages in the retail distribution of fuel oil, diesel, kerosene, and gasoline to residential and commercial customers. The Natural Gas and Electricity segment markets natural gas and electricity to residential and commercial customers. The HVAC segment sells, installs, and services whole-house heating and cooling products, air cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, hearth products, and space heaters. It also offers duct cleaning, air balancing, and energy audits services. As of September 24, 2005, the partnership served approximately 1,000,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers from approximately 370 customer service centers in 30 states. Suburban Propane distributes its products primarily through a retail distribution network. The company was formed as Suburban Propane Gas Corporation in 1945 and changed to Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. in 1996. The partnership is headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey.
Staples, Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute office products in North America and internationally. The company offers business machines, computers and related products, and office furniture. It also offers an array of services, including high-speed, color and self-service copying, other printing services, faxing, and pack and ship services. As of July 30, 2005, the company operated 1,716 superstores. Staples, Inc. was founded by Tom Stemberg and Leo Kahn in 1985. The company is based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
STAR SCIENTIFIC INC (STSI)
Star Scientific, Inc. (SSI), together with its wholly owned subsidiary, Star Tobacco, Inc., engages in the manufacture, sale, development, and marketing of very low-nitrosamine smokeless tobacco products. It also develops, implements, and licenses scientific technology for the curing of tobacco so as to prevent the formation of carcinogenic toxins present in tobacco and tobacco smoke, primarily the tobacco-specific nitrosamines. The company's products include ARIVA, a compressed powdered tobacco; STONEWALL Hard Snuff, a nonfermented, spit-free hard tobacco product for moist snuff users; a dry snuff product under the name Stonewall; and discount cigarettes. SSI sells its smoked and smokeless tobacco products through tobacco distributors throughout the United States. The company is headquartered in Chester, Virginia.
TRANSALTA CORPORATION (TAC)
TransAlta Corporation engages in the production and sale of electric energy in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Australia. The company operates in two segments, Generation and Energy Marketing. The Generation segment sells electricity and steam, as well as offers ancillary services. It owns and operates coal, gas, wind, geothermal, and hydro power plants in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Australia. As of March 11, 2005, this segment had 8,444 megawatts of electrical generating capacity. The Energy Marketing segment engages in the wholesale trade of electricity and other energy-related commodities and derivatives, and physical and financial contracts in Canada and the United States. TransAlta has joint venture with EPCOR Utilities, Inc.; and with Newmont Power Pty Limited. The company was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retailing of fine jewelry, timepieces, sterling silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, and personal accessories. The company distributes its products through company-operated stores, Internet, catalog, and business-to-business sales in the United States and internationally. It operates approximately 100 stores in the United States. The company was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in 1837 as Tiffany & Young and changed its name to Tiffany & Co. in 1853. Tiffany & Co. is based in New York City.
TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY (TSCO)
Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. It offers equine, pet, and animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth, and containment; maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; hardware and tool products; seasonal products, such as lawn and garden power equipment; truck, trailer, and towing products; and work clothing for the entire family. As of March 26, 2005, the company operated 528 stores in 34 states. Its customers include farmers, horse owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, suburban and rural homeowners, contractors, and tradesmen. Tractor Supply Company was founded by Charles E. Schmidt Sr. in 1938. The company is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.
TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORP (TWMC)
Trans World Entertainment Corporation operates as a specialty retailer of entertainment software in the United States. It offers music in the form of compact discs, audio cassettes, and singles; video, including DVD and VHS; and games and related products through retail stores and e-commerce sites. As of July 30, 2005, the company operated 797 retail stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Trans World was founded by Robert J. Higgins in 1972 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.
ULTRAPAR PARTICIPACOES S.A (UGP)
Ultrapar Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of liquid petroleum gas (LPG); production and sale of chemical and petrochemical products; and provision of logistic services for chemicals and fuels. The company operates through three segments: Gas, Chemicals, and Logistics. The Gas segment distributes LPG to retail, commercial, and industrial consumers primarily in the south, southeast, and northeast regions of Brazil. The Chemicals segment principally produces ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, ethanolamine, and ether glycol. The Logistics segment's operations include storage and transportation of chemicals and fuel in the southeast and northeast regions of Brazil. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
U.S. HOME SYSTEMS INC (USHS)
U.S. Home Systems, Inc. engages in the manufacture, design, sale, and installation of specialty home improvement products in the United States. It provides kitchen refacing, bathroom refacing, replacement windows, and wood decks product lines. Kitchen remodeling products include replacement kitchen cabinetry and kitchen cabinet refacing. This product line also includes laminate and Corian countertops, matching valances, molding, replacement sinks, faucets, add-on or replacement cabinets, space organizers, lazy susans, and slide-out shelving. The bathroom remodeling products consist of acrylic tub liners and wall surrounds, vanity cabinetry refacing and replacement vanity cabinets, bowls, faucets, commodes, and shower doors. The company also offers modular designed, pre-engineered, and factory built decks, as well as patio doors. In addition, U.S. Home Systems' consumer finance business purchases retail installment obligations (RIOs) from residential remodeling contractors, including RIOs originated by the company's home improvement operations. The company is based in Lewisville, Texas.
West Marine, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of boating supplies in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company operates in three divisions: Stores, Port Supply, and Direct Sales. The Stores division operated approximately 400 stores in 38 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as of January 4, 2006. The Port Supply division operates as a wholesale distributor of marine equipment in the United States serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators, and government agencies. The Direct Sales division includes its catalog and Internet operations. The company's maintenance products include engine and plumbing parts, paint, and electrical supplies, as well as private label products, including batteries, bottom paint, and boat cleaning products. Its safety items include life jackets, flares, harnesses, and first aid kits, as well as electronics products, such as global positioning navigational systems, ship-to-shore radios, marine stereos, autopilots, fish finders, and radars. It also offers private label very high frequency radios and other electronics equipment, as well as powerboat and lifestyle products, including fishing and watersports products, small boats and motors, items for the cabin and galley, gift items, footwear, and apparel. In addition, the company's hardware products include items, such as ropes, chains, anchors, trailers, and deck hardware. West Marine also engages in the wholesale distribution of products to commercial customers and other retailers. The company was founded by Randy Repass. West Marine was incorporated in 1976 and is based in Watsonville, California.
Zale Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North America. It offers fine jewelry, watches, and diamond products under the name Zales Jewelers' in the U.S. The company also offers traditional jewelry under the brand name Peoples Jewellers' in Canada. It operates Zales the Diamond Store' outlet in North America and Puerto Rico. In addition, the company offers gold and silver products under the brand name Piercing Pagoda' in the U.S. and Peoples II' in Canada through mall-based kiosks and carts. These stores offer bracelets, earrings, charms, rings, and 14 karat and 10 karat gold chains, as well as silver and diamond jewelry. In addition, Zale Corporation provides insurance and reinsurance facilities for various types of insurance coverage. As of July 31, 2005, the company operated 1,464 specialty retail jewelry stores, 812 kiosks, and 69 carts in North America and Puerto Rico. Zale Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.