June 14, 2011 — Ponderosa Software today announced that Clay Ingels Company, a full-service provider of quality building materials, including brick and masonry products, windows, doors, and hardware has implemented the Ponderosa Building Materials Software to improve efficiency and reduce costs in its manufacturing and distribution operations.
Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Clay Ingels, a third generation family-owned company, represents the world’s leading manufacturers of brick and other hardscape products as well as entry and interior doors and new and replacement windows. The company operates a full-scale mill shop as well as a 60,000 square foot window and door warehouse and a modern showroom open to homebuilders, architects, designers and other members of the building trade and staffed with trained designers.
“One of our major requirements for a business management software package, primarily for our brick distribution business, was comprehensive lot control and inventory management,” said Tim Hicks, vice president at Clay Ingels. “We needed a solution that would let us cost and manage product based color, style, shape, quality and a range of other variables. Our Ponderosa software provides this capability flawlessly with a level of inventory visibility and control that’s perfect for our business.”
Pat Gannon, Ponderosa’s vice president of sales said, “Working with the team at Clay Ingels, we were able to very quickly understand their requirements, identify inefficiencies in their business processes and configure the software to help immediately save many, many hours on lot control and tracking in their brick division. It is gratifying to bring to bear real solutions to real business issues and to be able to provide practical software tools to help our partners run their businesses more profitably.”
In addition to comprehensive lot tracking, Clay Ingels wanted a millwork product configurator that would help them automate the set-up and ordering process of our windows, doors and other millwork products. “With Ponderosa, we can configure and create shop units at the time of order and without pre-defined bills of material and price, cost and set up units, relieve inventory, schedule assembly time and track labor,” Hicks said.
“Since deploying the system, we’ve significantly increased efficiency, accuracy and bottom-line profitability in our production and inventory management which in turn has led to improved customer service.”
Clay Ingels also utilizes Ponderosa’s “satellite” processing features to track their brick and millwork operations as separate organizations while generating separate or combined financial statements. “Ponderosa’s multi-processing reporting solution is ideal for our company,” Hicks added. “The software gives us increased management oversight to assist in making the most profitable, company-wide operational decisions. We are very happy to have selected this extremely useful and targeted business management software, and would recommend Ponderosa to any company looking to save time and money in their day-to-day operations.”
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Available for manufacturers and distributors of lumber, building materials and millwork, Ponderosa is contemporary, Windows-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that enhances productivity, improves margins, reduces costs and maximizes the service level that you provide to your customers. Ponderosa’s fully integrated inventory, production, delivery, service, and accounting modules help you automate processes, manage your operations more efficiently and make the most informed business decisions.