Win in "Best Deployment and Case Studies" Category Highlights Columbia Manufacturing Achievements Via Utilization of SYSPRO ERP

SAN FRANCISCO - October 10, 2013 - SYSPRO, a provider of best-of-breed, award-winning enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, announced today that the company was presented a bronze Golden Bridge Award in the category "Best Deployment and Case Studies." The case study describes the significant costs savings and environmental impact reductions that Columbia Manufacturing continues to realize from the deployment of SYSPRO ERP.

Ali Salehi, Sr. Vice President at the Westfield, Massachusetts–based Columbia Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of furniture for schools, notes that the company has been utilizing SYSPRO ERP software since 2004, based upon the recommendation of a search committee tasked with seeking a replacement to the company's incumbent, outdated ERP system. "We found SYSPRO to be the most adaptive to the nature of our business and unsurpassed for flexibility, ease of use and training," he says, noting the ways in which SYSPRO ERP has enabled the company to cut waste while reducing impact on the environment:
"SYSPRO data contributed to our plating operation's water usage reduction -- from 150,000 gallons per day to 3,000 gallons per day -- also reducing chrome usage by 93% and nickel purchases by 75%." Columbia's environmental safeguards, he notes, also include the recycling of all waste steel, corrugation, wood and trash.

The following is a list of Columbia's environmental achievements, many of which were facilitated utilizing SYSPRO ERP software:

  • Elimination of 100% of all V.O.C.'s with a painting operation that is 100% powder coating.
  • Reduction of water usage from 150,000 gallons/day to 3,000 gallons/day.
  • Using 100% recycled wood flour in hard plastic seats, backs and tops.
  • Using up to 25% recycled post industrial products in soft plastic components.
  • Recycling 100% of excess wood products and pallets.
  • Recycling 100% cardboard and paper products.
  • Recycling 100% of scrap steel.
  • Recycled wood and paper products are converted to fuel cell cubes replacing coal in power generator plants.

About Columbia Manufacturing

Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., is a privately owned company located at One Cycle Street, Westfield, Massachusetts. Columbia, originally founded in 1877 by Colonel Albert Pope, established itself as the premier bicycle manufacturer of America's First Bicycle. As a way to diversify its product line and to help keep the factory busy in the slow periods, Columbia started manufacturing school furniture in 1952 and today is considered to be the manufacturer of the finest school furniture in America.

Columbia's facility sits on 36 acres with the original factory as its core. Over the years it has expanded and currently has approximately 300,000 square feet of usable manufacturing space.

For more information: call: (413) 562-3664 or go to: www.columbiamfginc.com

About the Golden Bridge Awards

The Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring the Best Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

About SYSPRO

Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, the company now caters to the specialized needs of over 14,500 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers and a global reseller network in the US, Canada, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK.

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