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Metafore Wins Channel Elite Award for Best Small Business Solution

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Metafore Wins Channel Elite Award for Best Small Business Solution11:04 EDT Tuesday, October 18, 2011MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2011) - Metafore Technologies Inc. ("Metafore"), one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, has won the Bronze award in the "Best Small Business Solution" category at the 2011 Channel Elite Awards.The Channel Elite Awards is an annual event hosted by Computer Dealer News (CDN), which is Canada's leading IT channel publication. CDN's Channel Elite Awards recognizes IT Solution Providers for their innovation, leadership, and commitment to creating value for their customers.Metafore was recognized for its relationship with Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada). Working in collaboration with CMA Canada, Metafore developed and implemented a strategy to virtualize CMA Canada's server environment, resulting in a more efficient, scalable, and agile infrastructure."We are honoured to have received a Channel Elite Award which reinforces Metafore's leadership, innovation, and commitment to creating customer value" said David Toms, Metafore's Vice-President and General Manager for Central and Western Canada. "This award recognizes the contributions of our associates and is a testament of Metafore's commitment to deliver innovative IT solutions and service excellence to organizations across Canada."About MetaforeMetafore, a subsidiary of Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI), has been delivering information technology solutions to private- and public- sector organizations of every size for more than 25 years. As one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, Metafore designs, supplies, installs and supports IT infrastructure solutions that contribute to improved productivity and overall business performance. Please visit our Web site at www.metafore.ca.About Hartco Inc.Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI) has been a leader in the Canadian information technology business for more than thirty years. Through its operating divisions, which together include 50 locations across Canada, Hartco Inc. delivers information technology solutions to private and public sector organizations of every size. For more information, please visit www.hartco.com.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: (Eastern Canada)Daniel Mercier - Vice-President and General ManagerMetafore Technologies Inc.514-636-5127dmercier@metafore.cawww.metafore.caOR(Central and Western Canada)David Toms - Vice-President and General ManagerMetafore Technologies Inc.905-362-8341dtoms@metafore.cawww.metafore.caORVice-President Finance and Chief Financial OfficerFor Investor Relations: Carl Gauvreau, CAHartco Inc.514-354-3810514-354-8989 (FAX)cgauvreau@hartco.comwww.hartco.com