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Hanson Brick & Tile selects industry-specific solution to drive supply chain efficiencies

Atlanta — March 25, 2003 — Ross Systems, a provider of enterprise software solutions for manufacturers, announced today that Hanson Brick & Tile, the largest brick manufacturer in North America, has licensed the iRenaissance enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) applications, as well as Customer Portal for customer relationship management (CRM). Hanson Brick & Tile said it would merge its business operations across the United States and Canada into one system using Ross Systems' software.

Hanson Brick & Tile is consolidating its existing eight IT systems into one, aiming to drive efficiencies throughout its supply chain, increase profitability and improve customer service, according to the manufacturer. The company said it would use Ross' software for enterprise-wide applications to increase inventory utilization and reduce stock-outs, as well as create a centralized way to manage sales orders.

After reviewing several software platforms, Hanson determined that Ross provided the best solution for its needs, according to Richard Manning, president of Hanson Brick & Tile. "Hanson's growth and acquisition strategy over the years has created a series of disparate systems running on varied platforms," said Manning. "We wanted to standardize using one technology in order to increase visibility into our overall operations, improve efficiency, enhance customer service and inventory management, and, ultimately, reduce costs.Ó

Manning said his company was also impressed with the company's ability to address the industry-specific needs of natural products manufacturers that focus on building products. Ross' iRenaissance suite, developed for companies like Hanson Brick & Tile, requires minimal customization to achieve implementation with business-based metrics in mind.

Hanson Brick & Tile will begin consolidating its platforms through a phased process in July 2003.