SYSPRO Customers Bodypoint and Columbia Manufacturing Awarded

COSTA MESA, Calif. – February 9, 2012  -- SYSPRO, a developer of best-of-breed, award-winning enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, today revealed that two SYSPRO ERP users have been named winners of 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards.  SYSPRO customer Columbia Manufacturing was a winner in the “Sustainability” category, while SYSPRO user Bodypoint was named in the Information Leadership Category. 

According to SYSPRO USA President Joey Benadretti, “These awards exemplify the utility and versatility of SYSPRO’s ERP offering.   Each company was named for achievement in a different category.  Each has been profiled in past SYSPRO press releases, attributing their successes and attainments of goals and objectives to their utilization of SYSPRO ERP software.”

Bodypoint, Inc., a leading medical device manufacturer of wheelchair positioning and support products, headquartered in Seattle, WA, has stated that SYSPRO ERP software has helped the company to enhance operational efficiencies resulting in a 300% increase in new market growth and a revenues increase of 20% without the need to add headcount.  

According to Mike Conklin, Technical Process Manager, “The [SYSPRO ERP] system allows us to be much leaner and much more flexible.  We can deliver product in a way the customer wants it.  We can offer complex pricing and discounting methods and resolve compliance issues using ECC [SYSPRO Engineering Change Control].  We have deeper integration and visibility with our processes.  Integrated accounting has reduced errors and increased capacity.  Our reporting has greatly improved, and our shipping is more accurate, adding customer value with shipping notifications via the SYSPRO integrated shipping solution.” 

He continues:  “Most all our business processes have become automated with improvements in deliverables.  We now have historical sales data for sales analysis and can build custom reports and metrics through SYSPRO reporting services.  International markets require complex product instructions in multiple languages by unique product.  SYSPRO allows us to print product instructions for packaging on demand by product and country.”

Bodypoint, which globally targets medical device manufacturers, durable medical equipment makers and service providers and wheelchair end-users also designs custom products for manufacturers of wheelchairs. The ability of the comprehensive, ‘single DNA,’ SYSPRO ERP solution to handle “multi-mode” manufacturing enables Bodypoint to “Make to Order” or “Engineer to Order” as well as “Make to Stock.”

Conklin summarizes: “[With SYSPRO] we can now deliver on contracts and commitments the way the customer prefers.  Our processes are integrated so visibility has increased from quotations to invoicing, allowing us to respond more quickly, efficiently and with higher accuracy.”

Ali Salehi, Columbia Manufacturing Sr. Vice President, has stated, “We could not operate without SYSPRO. . . This is a very cyclical business,” he says.  “The schools get out in May and June, and they want their products in the very short window of July 1 thru Labor Day.   Therefore, we get a huge demand in an 8 – 12 week period.   SYSPRO functionality, however, expedites material resource planning and purchasing while SYSPRO forecasting, enables, as it were, our ability to ‘see the future’ so we can regulate our purchase of chemicals, water usage, electricity and all the items related to our manufacturing of school furniture.”

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 the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards
The ML100 Awards (, created eight years ago as the Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards, have established themselves as the premier program for honoring transformational business projects, innovation and excellence in a variety of manufacturing categories including operational excellence and sustainability, global value chain, and workforce development excellence. The ML100 Awards are presented at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit. Both are part of the Manufacturing Executive portfolio of services, which also includes the Manufacturing Leadership Council and the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal.

All ML100 Award winners will be honored on May 2, 2012 at a gala reception during the Manufacturing Leadership Summit at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, FL (April 30 – May 2, 2012).

About Bodypoint, Inc.
Bodypoint, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., has been leading the way in wheelchair positioning and support products for more than two decades.  By offering only the finest performance-tested and engineered products, Bodypoint has developed a reputation for providing high-quality products that are easy to install, provide consistently excellent outcomes and deliver lasting performance.  The company’s commitment to excellence begins with a focus on customer satisfaction.  From the depth of its product lines, to a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Bodypoint is dedicated to meeting customer needs.  Contact Bodypoint at (206) 405-4555. Or go to:

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.

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