ARMONK, N.Y. - 05 Sep 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP), a leading global manufacturer of high-quality building materials, has increased supply chain productivity with IBM technologies. IBM and TransWorks, a transportation and supply chain management provider based in Fort Wayne, IN, collaborated to simplify LP's supply chain operations, which ships from 20 plants to a wide customer base and large number of inventory locations. Instead of a manual tracking system that wasted time and money, LP now has an automated solution that gives end-to-end visibility of orders, shipments and inventory.
TransWorks, an IBM Advanced Partner, provided LP with the Transportation Management- Supply Chain Execution Solution. The new system, deployed on IBM Informix Dynamic Server and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software running on IBM Power Systems servers, transports messages and automatically processes load offerings to LP’s carriers and tracks the progress of each load, while maintaining constant integrated communications between the carriers and shippers.
“With this new process, we’ve built a strong foundation of capabilities that allows us to focus our attention on delivering better, more consistent service to customers,” said Neil Sherman, Vice President of LP Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics. “The Transportation Management- Supply Chain Execution Solution has enabled us to provide our carrier partners and operations team control across all levels of our supply chain to meet our clients' needs.”
Through this solution, LP has achieved greater control, visibility and optimization of its inbound supply and outbound fulfillment processes as well as its overall supply chain. Today, through the automated solution, LP has enhanced the management of workloads and improved overall supply chain and operational productivity by 75 percent.
“In order to succeed in today’s global marketplace and deliver value to consumers, supply chain decision makers must gain better control over supply chain operations,” said Susan Confort, Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Global Industry Solutions & Marketing. “As IBM continues to develop powerful innovative technologies, we look forward to collaborating with IBM Business Partners who have the expertise to deliver greater value, control and innovation that matters to our clients in the retail and industrial sectors.”
"We look forward to working with IBM as it continues to provide Business Partners with the tools and capabilities needed to help clients solve complex IT challenges," said Tim Minnich, president of TransWorks. “TransWorks is excited to have Louisiana-Pacific as a new customer, and look forward to serving them for many years to come. We continually strive to deliver measurable value and highly reliable services to our customers.”
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit www.lpcorp.com.
TransWorks is a subsidiary of Norfolk Southern, which provides TMS solutions to many of the largest companies in the world. Guided by innovation from day one, TransWorks began leveraging what is now known as Cloud/SaaS/On-Demand technologies to deliver end-to-end Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and Supply Chain Execution (SCE) solutions. For additional information visit www.trnswrks.com.