Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Selects ERP Solution to Handle Rapid Growth

Trailer-hitch producer Curt Manufacturing chooses Infor to gain flexibility and scale

Atlanta — January 19, 2006 — Curt Manufacturing, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of towing-system products, said it has chosen Infor to provide an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution integrating its two plants and seven North American distribution sites.

Curt has twice been named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, deriving in part from its innovative product line, including color-matched hitches for the SUV and light-truck market. The rapidly growing company said it has chosen to ensure its future growth through investment in advanced software solutions.

As a result, the company elected to work with Infor channel partner Information Systems Engineering Inc. (ISE) to implement Infor's XA ERP solution to standardize processes across all its locations, increase visibility of its processes to improve decision making and provide a stable platform that can be scaled upward. XA is a major element of Infor's Manufacturing Essentials suite of solutions.

Curt will use the Infor technology to manage and integrate all aspects of its business. Infor XA's breadth and depth of function are very impressive, said Curt Manufacturing Marketing Director Scott Morrison. We are particularly enthusiastic about its scheduling and execution functions. Beyond the solution itself, however, we determined that Infor and ISE had the most manufacturing expertise of any of the providers we were considering, and its customer references were outstanding.

The company anticipates that its new Infor technology will be up and running in all nine sites within 10 months. By improving visibility of inventory and shipments, Infor said its ERP solution reduces lead times, and it also promotes lean manufacturing by providing real-time visibility of order status and reducing the need for safety stock. Its tracking systems also enable companies to improve both the predictability of materials shipments and on-time deliveries.


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