Castro Valley, CA – A Tennessee based industrial manufacturer was able to reduce its inventory level by forty percent and capture new business within a few months of working with Cumula 3 Group, a leading 5-star Netsuite Solution Provider, to implement the NetSuite cloud enterprise resource planning solution. The manufacturer, Southern Rebar & Supplies (SRS), based in Knoxville, is a leading manufacturer of steel rebar and structural steel for use in residential and commercial construction.

After acquiring four new locations, all of which were running on SAP, the partners of SRS decided they needed a single enterprise solution to manage the entire business.

“We have other customers using NetSuite, so we had a strong familiarity with the platform,” said Tim Vineyard, acting CIO of SRS and Managing Partner at IT 4 the Planet, LLC, who ultimately helped SRS select NetSuite and partner Cumula 3 Group to handle the implementation. “The functionality and capability of the other systems wouldn’t have come close to the functionality that SRS got with NetSuite’s cloud solution.”

Vineyard was also impressed with C3 because of its extensive experience working with industrial manufacturing and distribution firms.

“Cumula 3’s experience in the manufacturing sector was really critical,” said Vineyard, who upon speaking with the NetSuite partner realized immediately that it possessed the expertise that the SRS implementation would require.

“The timing was the biggest challenge,” Vineyard explained. “We quoted 90 days on the ERP implementation— which was very aggressive—and then ended up only having 46 days to install NetSuite.”

While Vineyard’s team assessed current business processes, change management opportunities and future strategies, C3 implemented a methodology that perfectly blended NetSuite’s capabilities with its own industry-specific functionalities. When it was time to go live, the consultants dispersed across SRS’ physical locations. Armed with punch lists and a go-live agenda, they worked together to put on the final touches on the NetSuite implementation.

“We were knocking things out left and right,” recalled Vineyard. “The system was up and running by week’s end.”

Since implementing NetSuite, SRS has gained better visibility of its inventory and site locations—a level of visibility that’s pushed its inventory on-hand down by about 40%. This allows SRS to manage its cash and use it more strategically, Vineyard said. The company has also gained insight into its sales pipeline, thanks mainly to the platform’s opportunity, quote and sales order process.

“SRS now has complete visibility of all of our various bids including the bid date openings, the execution and the follow-up needed to close those deals,” said Vineyard. “This high level of visibility has allowed SRS to win some deals that it wouldn’t have otherwise won.”

With Phase II of its ERP implementation currently underway, SRS is working with C3 to develop specific customizations and scripts to manage its rental business. The company is also implementing NetSuite’s SuiteTax and CCH’s SureTax engines, both of which are being supported by C3’s strong team of ERP consultants.

“I have only great things to say about Cumula 3’s entire team,” said Vineyard, “which has helped us execute at the highest level.”

About the CompanyCumula 3 Group was formed in early 2014 by a team of industry veterans with a desire and passion to provide NetSuite solutions with the customer first and foremost in mind. This passion fueled with a little caffeine has enabled Cumula 3 Group to become one of the leading 5-Star NetSuite Solution Providers providing end-to-end NetSuite software and services.

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