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01  June 2011
"VAN Millwork Enhances Custom Millwork Manufacturing, Maximizes Business Network Up-time and Security"

June 1, 2011 — Ponderosa Software has proudly announced that VAN Millwork, a leading northeast retailer of fine-quality interior millwork products, has recently deployed the latest version of the Ponderosa enterprise business software. The company also announced an expanded partnership with VAN Millwork that includes Ponderosa’s Server and Desktop Management Service, a fully managed, continuous 24-hour, 365-day “eye” on VAN’s network servers and personal workstations.

Founded in 1967 by the late Edward Van as a lumber company, today VAN Millwork is recognized as interior millwork specialists, offering a wide range of mouldings, mantels, doors, stair parts and other architectural millwork products and has earned a reputation for top notch service and quality millwork.

Mary Wills, vice president of VAN said, “From Ponderosa’s integrated manufacturing tools and product configurator to its enhanced inventory control capabilities, we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to implement the software and to partner with the great team of people behind it. Ponderosa has simplified our production ordering process, reduced manufacturing errors and helps us ensure inventory availability and maximum margins on every individual component in a built-up millwork product,” Wills said.

Pat Gannon, vice president for Ponderosa Software said, “Whether your millwork company is a one-stepper who sells primarily to builders and contractors or a two-step millwork distributor that sells mainly to dealers and retailers, accurate order entry and customer responsiveness hinges on a robust product configurator. With the configurator integrated to inventory and all people working off the same data, VAN Millwork has the utmost confidence in the accuracy of inventory information.”

A Partnership Beyond Business Software

VAN Millwork has signed on for Ponderosa’s remote Server and Desktop Management service. This managed, remote service provides 24x7 monitoring of VAN’s network servers and desktop computers and provides immediate notification of any network, peripheral or critical device that’s not performing within pre-set threshold levels.

The service includes automatic, centralized Microsoft Windows operating system patch management and anti-virus and anti-spyware on each server and desktop computer to ensure that all systems are properly protected and keeps VAN’s employee e-mail inboxes free from virus-laden e-mails, SPAM and phishing attacks.

“With Ponderosa’s server and desktop management service, we have significantly reduced IT costs and the amount of network downtime which can result in lost productivity,” Wills said.

Jim McCooey, president of CAI said, “Unexpected computer network delays, slow/sluggish networks and network downtime cost companies millions of dollars annually through lost productivity, increased IT maintenance costs, lost transactions, lost e-mails and stress. Maximizing computer network uptime and understanding security issues can be complicated, but keeping your network and computers humming and protecting you from malicious threats shouldn’t be.”

About VAN Millwork

Van Millwork's large inventory and selection of in-stock items offers a custom look without the custom price. Glen Oak Lumber & Milling, CraftMaster™ interior doors, Schlage™ hardware and Ideal Stair Parts™ are just a handful of quality manufacturers that partner with Van to provide superior millwork products to the New England market. That is why reputable builders, architects and discerning homeowners rely on Van Millwork. The company maintains its corporate offices in Bellingham, Massachusetts and operates two showrooms in Needham, MA and Centerville, MA. The award-winning Needham showroom offers customers the opportunity to see the finished products in an array of possibilities displayed in nine, period-specific vignette settings.

Ponderosa Enterprise Software for LBM and Millwork Distributors

Available for manufacturers and distributors of lumber, building materials and millwork, Ponderosa is contemporary, Windows-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that enhances productivity, improves margins, reduces costs and maximizes the service level that you provide to your customers. Ponderosa’s fully integrated inventory, production, delivery, service, and accounting modules help you automate processes, manage your operations more efficiently and make the most informed business decisions.

For more information, call 800.422.4782 or visit Ponderosa on the web at caisoft.com/ponderosa.

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