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 DETROIT, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The signing of a "teaming" agreement between Michigan-based Ghafari Associates, Inc. (Ghafari) and CRSS Services, Inc. (CRSS), one of the largest design and construction services firms in the nation, was announced today.
 Ghafari, the third-largest architecture/engineering firm in Michigan, finalized an alliance with CRSS Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based CRSS Inc. (NYSE: CRX). With the strength of its combined capabilities, the Ghafari CRSS venture targets projects in the automotive industry in Michigan and the Midwest.
 Ghafari's President and Chief Executive Officer Yousif B. Ghafari said the alliance is a sign of the company's optimism in Michigan's economy and future construction growth.
 "We believe a joint effort to provide planning, architecture, engineering and construction services to clients in targeted areas will be highly successful," said Mr. Ghafari. "This teaming approach will provide a level of comprehensive services that previously did not exist in the Midwest."
 CRSS Services, through its subsidiaries, is no stranger to Michigan or the automotive market. The firm provided master planning, programming and architectural and engineering design for the highly acclaimed 3.1 million-square-foot Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich. In a joint venture with Barton Malow, CRSS provided construction management services for the University Hospital at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition to its groundbreaking dealership work for Saturn Corporation, CRSS has created innovative retail environment design programs for automotive clients such as Volkswagen US, Volkswagen de Mexico, Buick Motor Division and Audi of America.
 "Essentially, Ghafari and CRSS have formalized an excellent working relationship that began when we worked together on the Chrysler Technology Center," said Craig Martin, senior vice president of CRSS Inc.
 CRSS Services' subsidiaries provide comprehensive architecture, engineering and construction and program management services in the United States and throughout the world. Over the years, CRSS has pioneered many processes to ensure successful project delivery of complex projects, including a system of architectural programming, Problem Seeking; the process of "Architecture by Team"; and the application of visualization technology to the design and construction process.
 Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., the privately held Ghafari Associates is one of the fastest-growing architecture and engineering firms in the nation, ranked in the top 250 by Engineering News-Record. Ghafari has satellite offices in Detroit, Sterling Heights and Flint, Mich. The firm also has offices in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Its overseas operations include offices in Basildon, England, and Wiesbaden, Germany. The combined firms have more than 2,500 employees worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Sandy Sinclair of Ghafari Associates, 313-441-3000; Renate Schweiger of CRSS Services, 713-599-2813; or Bruce Babiarz of BAB Associates, 313-585-3570, for Ghafari Associates/

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