ECi Software makes overseas acquisition

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Fort Worth’s ECi Software Solutions has strengthened market relationship on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with an acquisition in the United Kingdom.

The cloud-based business management solution provider bought Spruce Computer Systems Limited, ECi Software announced July 16.

Spruce develops software solutions for lumber, hardware and building materials industries in the U.K. and globally.

Through a partnership, Spruce has been selling ECi’s software in the U.K. for the last 20. The acquisition now provides ECi a physical and official presence in the country.

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“We have worked collaboratively with the Spruce Computer Systems Ltd team for quite some time,” ECi CEO Ron Books said. “And know that they will be invaluable assets to our team as we look to help lumber and building materials dealers using Spruce grow profitably and sustainably.”

Spruce will become a part of ECi’s LBM and Hardlines division, which facilitates independent hardware stores and lumberyard owners enter the marketplace.

“We have long respected ECi for its commitment to both understandings and supporting the issues that building, timber and plumbing merchants face running their businesses,” said Chris Fisher, director, Spruce Computer Systems Ltd. “As a testament to that, the very first customer we brought on over two decades ago is still with us. That kind of established trust and relationship is so rare today and makes us extremely proud to officially join the ECi family.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Spruce is the second international acquisition for ECi this month.

Earlier this month, ECi announced it had bought Pacsoft, an inventory management and point of sale software provider based in Australia.

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