Leading Manufacturer Embraces Speed and Agility with Unified ERP Platform
Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that Taco, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment, has selected the next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP, to support growing operations and technology innovations worldwide.
Established in 1920, Taco, Inc. develops and manufactures hydronic-based components for use in heating and cooling applications across the building spectrum–residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings worldwide. Recently, Taco, Inc. acquired a group of companies adding six US and three international offices, for a total of nine locations. Prior to selecting Epicor ERP, Taco, Inc. used a legacy system for the last 17 years that could no longer support increased operations due to a combination of in-house applications and multiple code modifications. “We want an ERP platform to continue elevating our business operations forward and take advantage of the latest technologies,” said Donna Constant, Director of IT at Taco, Inc. “In the selection process, Epicor ERP impressed us with the global search capabilities, multi-site functionality and agile user experience platforms that can work for us.”
Headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island, Constant led a 50-person project team to evaluate seven vendors for the ERP selection process. “ERP touches so many parts of our business, we needed a team to identify a fully embedded system to support all operations from floor casting to inventory management to HR management,” said Constant. For operations, the Epicor manufacturing production management component and configurator make Epicor ERP the closest system built that matches the company’s in -house systems for production.
The majority of Taco clients and services are virtual-based which has been a huge driver in growing operations and demand for technology advancements, according to Constant. The company is looking forward to e-commerce integrations with tablets and portals to enable efficient shipping transactions in the warehouse.
Taco has been running on the Epicor human capital management (HCM) solution for several years and the integration with Epicor ERP will truly save time with an all-in-one system for employees, Constant added. As part of employee engagement, the company’s strategy for technology innovation starts with education as the foundation. The Taco Learning Center opened in 1992 where employees and families can participate in professional development, college credit courses, cross-training programs and more. In
June 2013, Taco opened the doors to its new Innovation and Development Center, further evidence of Taco’s commitment to the growth and enrichment of its employees and their families.
“The team at Taco, Inc. are leaders in their space and committed to the technology advancements that allow continuous innovation in their business operations,” said Donna Troy, executive vice president and general manager, ERP Americas for Epicor. “We are pleased to have an integral role in providing Taco the capabilities needed to take their manufacturing operations to a whole new level and to grow with the company into the future.”