Chicago (April 28, 2003) — Grant Thornton, accounting's seventh largest firm, plans to recruit smaller CPA firms for a national service network in which it makes its internal practice programs, specialized skills, and expertise available for those firms to use in serving their clients.

"Firms across the country want to be more competitive, and tapping into our national and international infrastructure will provide them a wealth of knowledge they would not have locally," said Mike Hartley, Grant's senior manager of mergers and practice integration. Chicago-based Grant's program would be similar to networks already operated by its national/international firm rivals, BDO Seidman, also in Chicago, and RSM McGladrey, of Bloomington, Minn.

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