Epicor customers named Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) award winners

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Epicor Software Corporation, the business software solutions provider for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organisations, has congratulated Epicor customers Big Ass Fans, Card-Monroe Corporation, Chirch Global Manufacturing LLC, Drallim Industries and Harbec Inc. on their being named winners of the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Awards.

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit and Awards programme is presented by Manufacturing Executive, the global community for manufacturing leadership. Now in their eighth year, the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing and have demonstrated achievement across a wide variety of domains including sustainability, operational excellence, workforce development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry advocacy.

Chatanooga, Tenn.-based Card-Monroe Corporation, leading manufacturer of custom-built tufting equipment and Epicor ERP customer, was named a winner in the Innovative Enterprise category. The company was lauded for its accelerated product and process innovation through collaboration with customers, partners, and internal stakeholders; the implementation of standard, measurable processes; the deployment of advanced technologies; and positive impacts on operating results and process efficiencies.

McHenry, Ill.-based Chirch Global Manufacturing LLC was named a winner in the Global Value Chain Award category for forging a new collaborative manufacturing business model. The Chirch Global Manufacturing Network is comprised of business owners of small to medium size manufacturing companies that collectively bring added-value to customers in the increasingly competitive and complex global manufacturing playing field. This marks the second consecutive year Chirch Global has been named to the ML100 list. The company has leveraged its investment in the Epicor Express Manufacturing Edition on demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to innovate and evolve manufacturing to keep the dream of "Made in America" alive.

Drallim Industries, based in St. Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex, England, was named a winner in the Information Leadership Award category for its use of the Epicor ERP solution to support competitive and business advantage via enterprise process improvements that deliver actionable, real-time visibility into critical business operations.

Harbec Inc., a contract injection molder and precision manufacturer located in upstate New York, was named a winner in the Sustainability Awards category, for its adoption of the Epicor Carbon Connect carbon accounting solution to support its goals of being carbon neutral by 2013, and pursuit of certification to the newly released ISO 50001 energy management systems standard, which requires systematic documentation of carbon emissions using solutions such as Epicor Carbon Connect.

Also honoured as an Manufacturing Entrepreneur Award winner was Carey Smith, president and chief executive officer of Epicor customer Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans.

"On behalf of all of us here at Epicor, we congratulate all our Epicor customers who have been recognised for their exceptional industry leadership, vision, and execution," said John Hiraoka, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Epicor. "We're pleased to provide the technology that runs and drives today's innovative companies that are defining the future of global manufacturing."


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