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Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, eflatbed.com Announce New Customer

Umbrella Will Provide Strategic Strength and Increased Logistics Capabilities

Pittsburgh, PA, October 20, 2000 - Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc. (PLS) and eflatbed.com announced today that they have begun to jointly provide logistics management services to Ellwood Engineered Castings Co. (EEC), a metal castings producer in Hubbard, OH.

The agreement with EEC marks the first new PLS customer to receive joint service from PLS and eflatbed.com and follows the recent realignment of the two companies under the holding company Quadrivius, Inc. Eventually, all PLS customers will be served by both PLS and eflatbed.com.

“We chose the PLS-eflatbed.com transportation management solution because the combination of PLS’ metals industry logistics expertise and eflatbed.com’s progressive logistics technology provides a suite of logistics services that is unsurpassed in the industry,” said Dr. Donald J. Hurtuk, President of EEC. “EEC will be able to focus on our core competency-producing castings-and feel assured that our shipments will be managed efficiently and cost-effectively by PLS and eflatbed.com.”

EEC’s loads will be moved through eflatbed.com’s online transportation management system, which electronically links ready-to-move flatbed shipments with available carrier capacity, while PLS will provide third-party logistics management services, including the coordination of load pick-up and delivery arrangements and carrier management.

“We are pleased to provide services to such a forward-looking, highly-respected company as EEC, a company that understands the key to logistics success in the future resides in partnering with a provider that is not only technologically-advanced, but one that has deep industry experience as well,” said Gregg A. Troian, CEO of Quadrivius, Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, and eflatbed.com.

EEC is the second company of the Ellwood Group, Inc., a family of seven engineered metals companies, to become a customer of PLS and eflatbed.com. PLS has been serving Ellwood Group’s Ellwood City Forge of Ellwood City, PA, since 1996.

“As we develop value-added logistics solutions for EEC, we will be able to draw upon our more than four years of experience in serving its sister company, Ellwood City Forge,“ Troian added.

About Ellwood Engineered Castings
Ellwood Engineered Castings of Hubbard, OH, produces engineered castings in gray and ductile iron with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 tons. EEC’s wide range of capabilities, ability to work within short lead times, and reliable delivery have made it the largest foundry of its type in North America. EEC is a part of Ellwood Group, Inc., a family of seven companies all dedicated to producing and marketing high-quality engineered heavy metal sections.

About Pittsburgh Logistics Systems and eflatbed.com
Located in Rochester, PA, Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc. (www.pghlogistics.com) is the leading third-party logistics management provider to the metals industry. PLS serves a wide array of metals companies, including suppliers, producers, service centers, and end-users. The company has been recognized for the third consecutive year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council as a member of its Pittsburgh Technology Heavy Hitter 50.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, eflatbed.com (www.eflatbed.com)is the only Internet transportation marketplace dedicated to providing complete logistics services to flatbed motor carriers and shippers. The eflatbed.com exchange, which electronically links available freight opportunities with potential carriers, improves the efficiency of the flatbed transportation system by integrating the entire shipment transaction process online-from load planning to payment. eflatbed.com currently has strategic partnerships with several online marketplaces in the metals, lumber, and building materials industries.

PLS and eflatbed.com are a part of Quadrivius, Inc., (www.quadrivius.com) headquartered in Rochester, PA. Quadrivius was recently formed as a holding company to drive the development of the logistics businesses of PLS, eflatbed.com, PLS International LP (www.plsiglobal.com), and InnerLink Strategic Solutions (www.innerlink.com). Quadrivius' vision is to be a global provider of Total Transportation Management (TTM) services with a focus on industries that utilize flatbed motor carriers as a strategic component of their logistics system.

Contact: Elicia Troese, eflatbed.com, 412-928-2639, or etroese@quadrivius.com.

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