SOURCE: Merchants Information Solutions, Inc.

Merchants Information Solutions, Inc.

February 08, 2012 06:00 ET

Arizona and Merchants Information Solutions Celebrating 100 Years -- One Day Apart

February 15, 1912 Merchants Begins Providing Business Info

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - On February 15, 1912, just one day after the Arizona Territory became America's 48th state, Merchants Information Solutions (Merchants) was "born" as Merchants & Manufacturers' Association and began its first 100 years helping protect businesses with critically important information. Celebrating with the theme of "100 years of Integrity," Merchants is entering its second 100 years as a world-class leader in employment and tenant background screening and business ID Theft solutions. Merchants' centennial includes the company's launch of its "100 Scholarships" program with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

"Look around -- how many businesses in Arizona, or the U.S. for that matter, are still thriving at 100 years? This remarkable longevity is a testament to our forbearers who had a vision to help other companies succeed through timely and accurate business information and to our current and former employees who continue to help us deliver big for customers," said Russ Johnson, CEO Merchants. "We salute the companies who have chosen Merchants for giving us the first 100 years and will continue to thank them by delivering the best of services for the next 100," Johnson added.

Merchants, the launch organization for the Central, Northern & Western Arizona Better Business Bureau in the late 1930s, will be celebrating with employees -- past and present -- and customers at a luncheon on its 100th "anniversary." Internationally recognized Merchants' spokespersons Jerry Colangelo and Harvey Mackay will be on hand to lead the festivities.

"Our 100 year celebration is really the launch pad for our next 100. We will continue to honor our founders and build on our legacy. We are more devoted than ever to helping businesses succeed by helping them find the best employees and tenants and avoid the costly consequences of ID Theft," Johnson added.

In celebration of 100 years, Merchants is launching its "100 Scholarships" program in association with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Details of the program will be formally announced at the event on February 15, 2012.

Merchants Information Solutions Historic Timeline:

  • February 15, 1912 -- Founded as Merchants & Manufacturers' Association
  • 1937-1939 -- The Central, Northern & Western Arizona Better Business Bureau spun out of Merchants & Manufacturers' Association
  • July of 1985 -- To better represent its expanded geographical reach, the company changed its name to Credit Data Southwest
  • April 1999 -- The name changed from Credit Data Southwest to a new holding company named Merchants Information Solutions, Inc.
  • 2003 -- After the sale of its consumer credit database, the company focus shifts to background screening and ID theft restoration and prevention solutions
  • 2006 -- To accelerate and expand its business reach in both industries, Merchants acquired Personnel Profiles Employment Screening, LLC; ID Advocates, LLC; and American Tescor Inc.
  • 2010 -- Merchants creates America's first small business ID Theft Advisory Board with Avnet, Go Daddy, the FBI and others
  • 2011 -- Merchants was among the first companies in the U.S. to achieve accreditation through the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

About Merchants information Solutions
Merchants Information Solutions, the exclusive provider of the Merchants Pre-employment Integrity Test which is proven to reduce worker compensation loss rates an average of 60%, is a national leader in background screening for employers and residential communities as well as a leader in ID Theft Restoration Affinity programs. Honored to have as company national spokespersons Jerry Colangelo and Harvey Mackay, Merchants was founded nearly a century ago and is dedicated to delivering world-class identity theft and background screening solutions. Merchants is the only NATIONAL SINGLE SOURCE PROVIDER of all recognized background screening tools and services for employers and multi-housing communities.

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