Former Indian Leads Merged Company

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Former major leaguer Andre Thornton will lead a business being created from the merger of two warehouse and distribution companies.

ASW Services, based in Akron, is merging with Cleveland-based GPI Procurement Services to form ASW Global.

Thornton will be chairman and chief executive. He had been president and CEO of GPI Procurement Services.

The new company has operations in Akron, Cleveland, Green and Mogadore in Ohio, and in Belleville, Mich., and it has a work force of 200.

Thornton was with the Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos before playing most of his baseball career, 1977 to 1987, with the Cleveland Indians. He is now majority owner of ASW Global.