Bridgestone Canada Inc. signs application and network management agreement with GFI Solutions Group Inc.



    Outsourcing will help Bridgestone to control costs while adding
    methodology, rigour, constant quality, and long-term vision to its
    management process

    MONTREAL, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - GFI Solutions Group Inc. ("GFI"), a
leading Canadian IT consulting firm, announced today that its subsidiary GFI
Consulting Inc. has signed an agreement with tire manufacturer Bridgestone
Canada Inc. ("BSCA") (Joliette plant). Under the terms of this renewable
agreement, BSCA will outsource its network and application management services
to GFI for a minimum 3-year period. The agreement, which is for an undisclosed
amount, covers a range of IT services, including demand management (call
centre), networking, and office automation.
    This agreement will help BSCA to better control its costs, to ensure its
expansion following a methodical process, to improve the quality of its
services, and to set forth a long-term vision for all of its IT needs.
    According to Francis Montreuil, Information Technology Manager for BSCA:
"We were attracted to the disciplined approach that GFI takes to our business
solutions and their new understanding of how these should work. Their team
recommends innovative work processes, and regularly reassesses our
satisfaction with each issue raised. Their approach is very reassuring."
    According to Enzo Blasi, Vice President, Business Development for GFI
Consulting Inc.: "Our expertise in outsourcing has enabled us to rethink the
work processes and re-evaluate the tools used by medium and large corporations
with a view to optimizing their IT systems. This is the case with BSCA. GFI
can provide them with a variety of IT services and expertise that are not
available internally. GFI serves as both an outsourcer and an IT consultant."

    About Bridgestone Canada Inc.

    Mississauga, Ontario-based Bridgestone Canada Inc. (BSCA) is an affiliate
of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO). BSCA and Nashville,
Tenn.-based BATO are subsidiaries of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent
company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSCA and BATO develop, manufacture and market Bridgestone, Firestone
and associate brand tires. They are focused on wholesale and original
equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off
the road, agricultural and other tires to their customers in Canada and the
United States, respectively. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire
Solutions Canada unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading
research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise,
providing them with a total tire solution.

    About GFI Solutions Group Inc.

    GFI Solutions Group Inc. ("GFI") is a leader in consulting and
development of IT solutions and is ranked among Top 25 Canadian IT
professional services companies. In addition to providing consulting services,
GFI designs, develops, integrates, implements and manages IT systems and
business software solutions for small, medium and large organizations from
various industry sectors.
    With over 750 employees and headquarters located in Montreal, GFI has
developed three centres of excellence in the areas of transactional systems,
back-office applications for the banking industry and ERP solutions. For the
past five years, GFI has been pursuing an active growth strategy through
targeted acquisitions including most recently, Bell Business Solutions,
Accovia and Imagina Technology Solutions. GFI is an affiliate of the
multinational group, GFI Informatique. For more information, please visit
GFI's website at: www.gfisolutions.com

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements about GFI
Solutions Group Inc. "the Corporation" and its business units' objectives,
strategies and businesses that involve risks and uncertainties. These
statements are "forward-looking" because they are based on our current
expectations on various estimates and assumptions. Actual events or results
may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking
statements if known or unknown risks affect our business, or if our estimates
or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. The Corporation expressly disclaims
any liability or commitment to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise.




For further information:

For further information: GFI Solutions Group Inc.: Anne Hodgkinson,
Director, Communications and Marketing, GFI Solutions Group Inc., (514)
288-7161, ext. 413, Anne.Hodgkinson@gfisolutions.com; Jean-Marc Simard, Simard
Hamel Communications, (514) 287-9811, extension 11, j.m.simard@shc.ca;
Bridgestone Canada inc.: Claire Forest, Internal Communications Manager, (450)
756-1061, forestclaire@bfusa.com

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