Owens Corning Goes Live with Provia WMS at Six Additional Sites

Building materials company now using provider's warehouse management system at 33 Sites across eight countries

Building materials company now using provider's warehouse management system at 33 Sites across eight countries

Grand Rapids, MI — December 14, 2005 — Owens Corning has gone live with a warehouse management system (WMS) from Provia Software at six additional sites, bringing the total number of sites using Provia's ViaWare solution to 33, covering a span of eight different countries, the software company announced this week.

A manufacturer of building materials systems and composite systems, Owens Corning has newly deployed the ViaWare WMS at sites in Dallas, Texas; Napa, Calif.; Tallmadge and Navarre, Ohio; Chester, S.C.; and Valleyfield, Quebec.

"By deploying Provia's knowledge transfer methodology early-on, we were able to go live with multiple sites with little or no assistance from Provia," said Barry Burnham, Owens Corning's project manager. "Through our in-depth knowledge of the system, we were able to make smarter logistics decisions throughout the implementation, which in turn, helped us accelerate our logistics processes and maintain a competitive advantage."

The 33 sites using Provia's ViaWare solution cover a range of divisions within the company, from the insulation to composites to the exterior vinyl divisions, with the most recent deployments taking place in Owens Corning's cultured stone facilities. In these facilities ViaWare enables warehouse operators to manage inventory while the manufactured stone veneer cures in the warehouse, preventing the risk of shipping uncured material. In addition, it helps to eliminate double handling and provides warehouse operators with the ability to easily manage stock rotation.

Paul Crist, vice president of sales and marketing for Provia, said: "Our total cost of ownership value proposition enabled Owens Corning to take ownership of their projects from the beginning, and maximize the value of our products, which has ultimately helped them achieve a much higher return on investment."

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