Exciting Announcement

Rockwell Automation Has Acquired Plex Systems

Firstronic Accelerates Growth with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud

March 18, 2015

Plex, the leader in cloud ERP manufacturing software, recognizes the global expansion of its customer, Firstronic.

TROY, MICH., March 18, 2015 – Plex, the leader in cloud ERP manufacturing software, today recognized the global expansion of its customer, Firstronic. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Firstronic makes electronic components for automotive, industrial and medical industry customers. Building upon its success in the U.S., the company recently launched a new plant in Mexico powered by the Plex manufacturing cloud in just 90 days, a process that would have taken 12-18 months with an on-premise ERP system.

Manufacturing Cloud Strengthens Firstronic’s Competitive Edge

  • From LED automotive lighting to smart utility meters, Firstronic develops solutions for dozens of OEMs in a wide range of industries.
  • Firstronic operates electronics manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico, China, India and the Czech Republic and plans to further expand globally.
  • Catalyzed by the need to shift off a legacy SAP solution and eager to create a foundation for faster growth, Firstronic implemented the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in 2012 for shop floor automation and ERP.
  • In its first full year running Plex, Firstronic doubled revenue by winning contracts that had been lost to low-cost overseas competitors during the Great Recession.
  • To build upon its success in Michigan and better-serve OEMs with Mexican operations, Firstronic recently started production at a new 70,000 square foot facility in Juarez, Mexico.
  • Leveraging the flexibility and speed of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, Firstronic launched the Mexico facility in just 90 days.
  • Powered by the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, Firstronic has achieved better shop floor controls and competitive advantage through advanced technology, speed-to-market, quality and flexibility.

Comments on the News

“Firstronic has a tremendous opportunity to take the capabilities we have developed and proven in Michigan and replicate them around the word,” said Firstronic CEO John Sammut. “Plex plays a critical role – it gives us the same level of automation and control as the largest manufacturers in the world, but without the overhead, cost and complexity of a big, on-premise ERP system. Our ability to get the new Juarez, Mexico facility up and running in just 90 days is a great demonstration of the competitive advantage Firstronic gains with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.”

“At Plex, we strive to help manufacturers build competitive advantage,” said Plex CEO Jason Blessing. “Firstronic’s success is emblematic of the global shift beyond lowest cost production to manufacturing based on quality, lead-times, flexibility and customer collaboration – all areas where Plex helps manufacturers excel.”

Firstronic’s Success in the Plex Manufacturing Cloud

See firsthand how Firstronic leverages the Plex Manufacturing Cloud to accelerate growth: /resources/videos/success-is-firstronic.html  

About Plex Systems

Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.


About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 24,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit


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Kelly Anderson
SHIFT Communications (on behalf of Plex)


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