Fred Kreger, General Manager at Verndale Products, stated the company decided to purchase an ERP system because the firm is "undergoing a generational change in ownership and needed to transition from a closely held system to a multiple participant system."Kreger knew this transition would be impossible to manage without a robust computer system to help manage their production and distribution operations.
In addition to the management changes, Fred state that Verndale Products
also "wanted to closely scrutinize all areas of the business to see what products are really driving our business."
As with many manufacturers, documenting system requirements and reviewing software vendors was outside their internal expertise, so the Verndale team consulted with the staff of Plante & Moran Management Consulting.The newly formed project team selected Enterprise 21 after reviewing a number of supplier quotes and product demonstrations.
According to Kreger
selected Enterprise 21 and TGI
for reasons beyond that of mere product functionality."All of the vendors we looked at seemed like they could fill our relatively simple needs.The people at TGI
, their professionalism, and the quick responses we received from any question we had, drove our decision."
With the implementation of the new package, Verndale hopes to gain additional flexibility and time savings.As Kreger
frankly put it, the implementation relates to "costs, costs, costs."He
said "we hope to make better decisions based on information we pull from our operating costs."