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02  October 2017
Dyke Industries, Inc. Chooses Ponderosa to Handle the Complexities of Its Businesses

October 2, 2017 -- Computer Associates (CAI) today announced that Dyke Industries, Inc., a wholesale distributor of a broad line of building materials, millwork and related products since 1866 has licensed CAI’s Ponderosa Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software. 

Dyke Industries, Inc. is a family owned company serving the Southeastern U.S. The present-day company, incorporated in 1942, is the successor to two millwork manufacturing companies, Dyke Bros., which was established in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1870, and Cole Manufacturing Company, which was established in Memphis, Tennessee in 1866.

Dyke provides a full complement of hardware, doors, windows, and trim and maintains an inventory of products from all of the most popular manufacturers including Jeld-Wen, Simpson, Masonite, and others.  The company operates distribution outlets in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  Each facility has knowledgeable reps to quickly help customers with orders for the high quality products Dyke customers have come to expect.  Dyke has always been a forerunner in the millwork industry because of their belief in ‘a quality product at a competitive price in a timely manner.

Prior to implementing the Ponderosa ERP Software, Dyke had been using a legacy AS400-based software product that had been heavily customized for the business over more than 30 years.  In the past, when the company’s product lines were significantly less complex, the software worked well.  As Dyke’s product offerings expanded and configuration options proliferated, inventory management became increasingly more important. 

Another challenge facing Dyke was that their legacy software was no longer supported by the vendor that had initially set it up, and only a select few employees were still familiar with the software and able to maintain it.  Recent internal promotions of personnel experienced in more contemporary software was the final catalyst to a major software upgrade.

Tom Armstrong, President and CEO for Dyke Industries said, “We assigned a team of key users to conduct a thorough review of various solutions and selected the Ponderosa ERP Software from Computer Associates (CAI).” 

The software is currently being installed at each of Dyke’s fourteen sales, production and distribution facilities. The first installation was completed in April of 2016 and the final location is scheduled for March 2018.  “At this point, that process is well underway and is very efficient.  We’re able to bring up a new location in just a few weeks.  I think this reflects the level of pre-planning and attention to detail that has been evident since the start of the project.  We’ve seen excellent results where it’s live and we’re excited to complete the installation process.” 

The Ponderosa software is utilized throughout all areas of the facility.  Jerod Panian, Computer Operations Manager for Dyke Industries said, “The software has become integral to every aspect of our business and really feels like it was developed just for us.  The time that we spent collaborating with the team at Ponderosa prior to implementation has paid off.  Together we identified areas where the software could make our employees more productive and then took the time during the implementation process to make sure the software was as user-friendly as possible. Our team has been able to master the software and hit the ground running. “
 
“Everyone at Ponderosa — from the folks who worked with us early on developing an understanding of our business to the knowledgeable people who were on-site with us during the rollout of the software — were absolutely fantastic,” Panian said.  “They took the extra time and care to tailor the software to handle all the complexities of our diverse businesses.”

The company is already planning Phase 2 which will commence in 2018.  This phase includes the implementation of Ponderosa’s integrated Warehouse Management System (WMS) and web-based Sales Portal.  The Ponderosa WMS is a built-in, real-time inventory control solution that reduces inventory costs and improves efficiency and accuracy in all warehousing and yard management operations.  The WMS uses wireless, handheld mobile PCs and barcode scanners to track inventory and improve the efficiency and accuracy of stocking, picking, staging, shipping, invoicing and cycle counts from the time materials arrive until they are shipped.

Another initiative will be to implement Ponderosa’s web-based Sales Portal.  The portal will provide Dyke’s customers with secure, 24/7 access to a fully integrated website where they can use ProCon online to configure millwork products, submit quote requests and place orders.

Tom Armstrong said, “We feel like we could not have chosen a better partner and would strongly recommend any business looking to upgrade their business software to look at Ponderosa.

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About CAI Software LLC

CAI (www.caisoft.com) is a leading provider of ERP software and related services to industries including lumber and building materials (LBM), food, precious metals refining, and jewelry manufacturing and distribution industries.  Founded in 1978 and based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, CAI’s customers include hundreds of medium-to-large enterprises in these important industries globally.

About Ponderosa Software

Ponderosa ERP Software is an all-in-one business management solution for lumber and building materials manufacturers, dealers and distributors.  The software ties together Sales, Inventory Control, Manufacturing, Installations, Deliveries and Accounting in a tightly integrated application so you can run your business more profitably and at optimal efficiency.  Ponderosa eliminates error-prone, redundant manual processes that can consume both time and money and, unlike other ERP packages, doesn't require a litany of third-party add-ons.

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