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Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, announced at IMTS 2008 that LIGHTBLOCKS has selected Epicor Manufacturing software to support the company's continued growth and increase efficiency across a truly unique manufacturing process. LIGHTBLOCKS's implementation of Epicor marks the first enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution used to create the Company's distinct, light transmitting acrylic for architectural design finishes.
First created in 1999 by public artist and design studio owner Mary Boone Wellington, LIGHTBLOCKS are patented, durable and amazingly adaptable light transmitting panels. From partitions to ceilings, furniture, doors, lighting fixtures, flooring, sculpture and public art, LIGHTBLOCKS support limitless imaginative architectural uses. Today, LIGHTBLOCKS designs, sustainably manufactures and distributes their innovative, custom product to clients spanning all types of industry including Bank of America, Saks Fifth Avenue, Random House, Nasdaq, NBA, IBM and Warner Brothers Studio. "Our company roots are in public art-we create a different, custom product nearly every time," explained Ken Bush, chief financial officer at LIGHTBLOCKS. "It was important that we find an ERP system that allows us to break out of the mould of widgets and standard, repeat processes. Epicor's product configurator offers us some pretty complex options in its ability to customize to our needs."
Epicor Manufacturing is a comprehensive solution portfolio that enables organizations to plan, schedule, execute and monitor the entire manufacturing business. From raw materials to final product, financial management to supply chain management (SCM), Epicor Manufacturing solutions provide the greatest level of flexibility and agility possible. Built on a true service-oriented architecture (SOA) using Microsoft .NET and Web services, Epicor Manufacturing enables continuous performance and lean initiatives, real-time connectivity between supply-chain applications and partners, and greater business agility.
"Epicor is proud to support Mary Boone Wellington's commitment to sustainability and efficiency in the extraordinary process of creating LIGHTBLOCKS," said Rod Winger, senior director of product marketing for Epicor's manufacturing and supply chain management solutions. "Epicor Manufacturing will enable LIGHTBLOCKS to drive lean business practices in their continued transcendence of art and architecture." In addition to core functionality, LIGHTBLOCKS plans to take advantage of Epicor's customer relationship management (CRM) module. Epicor's contact management, marketing, sales and helpdesk tools will allow greater visibility and insight into an intricate sales and support environment.
"CRM is a large focus here," explained Michael Samborn, vice president of sales with LIGHTBLOCKS. "We have customers who purchase set products, others who send unique product specifications and some who combine the two. The process varies to the customer's needs. Epicor will allow connectivity between our different customer databases in real time."