CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 23, 2001 — Scientech, Inc., developer of the online parts search engine rapidpartsmart (www.rapidpartsmart.com), has announced a strategic alliance with Enporion, the power industry global supply chain e-marketplace.

The two firms have agreed to provide Enporion customers with access to Scientech’s rapidpartsmart, while rapidpartsmart customers will be able to utilize Enporion’s e-commerce platform.

“This first-of-its-kind alliance will benefit rapidpartsmart customers by providing them with an on-ramp to Enporion’s e-marketplace, while offering them comprehensive materials and service solutions in a collaborative environment,” said Kurt Mitchell, rapidpartsmart Managing Director. “Together, our two companies can provide web-based products, services and support that will ultimately reduce cycle times, lower inventories, reduce transaction costs and enhance overall profitability for our clients.”

“This unique alliance brings together the best available electronic content and transaction processing for the nuclear and fossil generation industries,” said Joe Zelechoski, Enporion CEO. “The alliance with Scientech further reinforces Enporion as the real-world exchange solution for the utility industry, delivering real services and value, today.”

Established by U.S. utility companies, Enporion (www.enporion.com), Tampa, Fla., operates as a global procurement e-marketplace that focuses upon building relationships to benefit both buyers and suppliers. Buyers are able to access new suppliers and experience supply chain process improvements, lowering overall operating costs. Suppliers benefit from a smoother interface and exposure to new customers, while being represented on permanent Enporion Supplier Council. Enporion founding members include Allegheny Energy, Inc., Allete (formerly Minnesota Power), Ameren Corporation, CMS Energy Corporation, Keyspan Corporation, PPL Corporation and UGI Corporation.

Scientech is a worldwide provider of expert services to the energy and telecommunication markets, with related support to government and industry. A Delaware corporation with offices located throughout the U.S. and the world, Scientech supplies services and products that enable and enhance client operations by reducing risks, improving performance, minimizing costs and facilitating change.