PMMI Education & Training Foundation announced the Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Group in memory of Rich Ryan, the late president and CEO of Dorner who died suddenly in 2012.
Like many other manufacturers that introduced some of the first Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems years ago, Marwood faced a dilemma. Its outdated DOS-based system needed another upgrade, and management had to decide whether it was worth the investment to throw more money at a system that was far less than state-of-the-art.
If you’re like most companies, you already use ERP software. While enterprise resource planning software is commonplace at most manufacturing companies, the way it is used may not be. Consider that what worked yesterday may not be the best option for the future. “Everything needs to be faster and more efficient,” says Jay Deakins, president of Deacom Inc. (Wayne, PA). “It’s a survival thing. Companies need to be able to provide more product for less money. And a lot are looking to ERP to make that happen.”
Spring Dynamics, Inc., is a manufacturer of springs primarily for the automotive industry. For several years, Spring Dynamics had been utilizing an on-premise ERP system that included accounting functions and standard reports on inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Management wanted a more robust, comprehensive system that would also include shop-floor operations, generate management reports and help maximize overall business performance.
I had a chance to talk to Jason Blessing, Plex System’s new CEO yesterday. I’ve worked with Plex and its former CEO Mark Symonds now for almost seven years, and have always enjoyed my interaction. Plex has come a long way through that stretch. Back in 2006, Mark was almost a one-man show. Not only did he drive product and company strategy, sales and development, but he was their chief evangelist as well. Today there is far more depth to the organization and it is also backed by two investors: Francisco Partners and Accel Partners. It is quite a tribute to Mark that he hands over a company that is poised for what could very well be explosive growth.
Wolverine Advanced Materials was overwhelmed when sales grew 10 to 13 percent over a two-year period. Its manual systems for raw material orders, inventories, shipping, and scheduling systems couldn’t keep up with the new demand, and lead times grew to 10 weeks.
Yesterday, SaaS ERP pioneer Plex Systems announced the appointment of Oracle executive Jason Blessing as its new CEO. The move comes on the heels of the company's $30 million investment from Accel Partners. The choice of Blessing, Oracle's senior VP of application development, as the leader of Troy, Mich.-based Plex perhaps signals a tighter focus on SaaS-based automation and innovation.