Infor Customers Named Among World’s Top 50 Progressive Manufacturers

ATLANTA - May 09, 2007 - Infor today announced that UPCO Inc. and Olson International, two of the company's discrete manufacturing customers, have made the list of the world's best manufacturers according to Managing Automation's third annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards. UPCO and Olson were selected for Operational Excellence in manufacturing, due in part to Infor's business-specific solutions for discrete manufacturing.

The Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards recognizes the world's most progressive manufacturers that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by Managing Automation as critical to business success in the years ahead. Judged by an independent panel, the list recognizes manufacturers that are progressive in their businesses, in the management of their operations and in their use of advanced technologies.

"In today's competitive landscape, these enterprising manufacturers have taken progressive action to advancing their market share potential," said Mike Frichol, vice president of industry and product marketing for Infor. "Infor is committed to enriching, extending and evolving its portfolio of solutions to help companies like UPCO and Olson achieve best practices in manufacturing and we applaud their forward-thinking approach to integrating technology into their businesses practices."

UPCO won for their project "UPCO lean manufacturing" which was designed to improve quality and meet customer service needs. As part of the project, UPCO reconfigured its information technology processes using Infor ERP Visual Easy Lean, a robust solution for discrete manufacturers that supports UPCO's demand-driven manufacturing environment.

"We completely changed our approach to manufacturing, which not only made the facility more productive, but also each person in it," said Bill Ridenour, President for UPCO. "The addition of Visual Easy Lean has enabled us to reduce inventory by 30 percent while supporting a 35 percent increase in sales. Coupled with the changes we made to material handling processes, the project has resulted in $1 million in savings."

Olson International developed "The Lean Team," a process improvement taskforce charged with helping the company step out of its roots in the traditional manufacturing model and fully embrace the tenets of lean manufacturing. With this goal in mind, the company implemented Infor ERP SyteLine Advanced Planning and Scheduling in an effort to reduce overtime, decrease inventories, increase on-time delivery, improve communication with suppliers and increase profitability.

"Introducing SyteLine Advanced Planning and Scheduling has completely redefined our production scheduling process," said Tim Gleason, President of Olson International. "We have decreased days in inventory, freight expenses and overtime, while improving on-time deliveries to 99.7 percent."

The Progressive Manufacturing 50 award winners will be honored and presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala Dinner to be held June 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.

About UPCO
Located in Claremore, Oklahoma, UPCO's is the second largest manufacturing facility in the world for the production of sucker rods. Founded in 1982, UPCO continues its commitment to continual improvements in the aspects of quality, on-time delivery & excellent value. For additional information, visit

About Olson International
Olson International is a world class metal Stamping Company serving several industries including automotive, industrial production, consumer products, technology and communications. Olson systems deliver superior quality and exceed qualification standards across industries, including those with stringent quality systems and sophisticated delivery systems with JIT inventory requirements. Established in 1937, Olson operates plants in Lombard, IL, Matamoros, Mexico and Monterrey, Mexico and has more than 500 employees and presses ranging from 32 to 600 tons. Committed to providing quality products and services, accurate information and the highest level of customer satisfaction, Olson International has been a leader in the industry for more than 60 years. For additional information, visit

About Infor
Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organizations. With experience built in, Infor's solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider. For additional information, visit