ORC International Announces Acquisition of MRSI to Expand Offering in Consumer Space

Jan 08, 2013, 09:05 ET from ORC International

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global market research firm, ORC International today announced that it has acquired Marketing Research Services Inc. (MRSI), a privately-held Cincinnati-based research firm specializing in consumer research. Under the ORC International brand, Todd Earhart, MRSI President, will lead ORC International's Consumer practice. MRSI brings an impressive roster of Fortune 500 clients to ORC International's portfolio of blue chip clients.

The MRSI acquisition builds on ORC International's strong heritage and experience in delivering leading-edge research solutions to support the innovation, growth, customer strategy, and employee engagement challenges of its clients.  MRSI has built its success on strong consumer-driven research solutions and client partnership and is a recognized leader in the consumer research space. By combining ORC International's global reach and breadth of research capabilities with MRSI's industry expertise, the firm is now able to offer clients a powerhouse of high-impact consumer research solutions that includes product innovation and development, pricing strategy and portfolio optimization.  MRSI also brings a focus on the Hispanic consumer market to ORC International.   Together, through ORC International's Integrated Intelligence research platform, the combined organization will deliver unique value to the consumer research arena.

Commenting on the acquisition, Marc Litvinoff, ORC International's President and CEO noted, "Strategically, MRSI is a great fit for ORC International. This is a major step toward our goal of expanding our consumer research solutions and offering enhanced services to our clients. I look forward to the positive impact the acquisition will bring. MRSI is an exceptional company and, with the combined capabilities of both organizations, will allow us to provide an outstanding mix of offerings and expertise."

"We're looking forward to combining MRSI and the consumer research practice of ORC International," noted Todd Earhart. "The combination of MRSI's long-standing expertise and clients in the consumer space coupled with ORC International's breadth of capabilities both domestically and internationally now gives us the resources and scale to grow the practice globally and provide expanded services to our clients."

MRSI was founded in 1973 and was part of the MVL Group- a top 50 US market research firm- prior to the ORC International acquisition. Since its beginning, MRSI has emphasized technology, research innovation, and client service. The company continues to be a leader in online research, social media and mobile research solutions. A testament to the company's commitment to exceptional service is its long-term client partnerships, some dating back to MRSI's founding.

The transaction was finalized on December 21, 2012. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

About ORC International

ORC International is a leading global market research firm uniquely able to integrate our people, methods, technology and insights to address our clients' strategic issues, challenges and opportunities. Since our founding in 1938, we've maintained a passion to drive our clients' success through innovative, integrated research solutions. The company has been a founding member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), a partner of CNN on the CNN|ORC poll since 2006 and a partner of NYSE Euronext on its Annual CEO Report for the past 7 years. To learn more about ORC, visit http://www.ORCInternational.com.

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