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Great Plains Deploys Control Tower Platform to Manage Suppliers

Software Increases Visibility Across All Supply Chain Systems

(SALINA, KANSAS—June 6, 2015)  Great Plains Manufacturing, one of the largest, privately held manufacturers of agricultural implements, announced today the deployment of a new Supply Chain Management solution (SCM) from Viewlocity to support its supplier management requirements for their Procure-to-Pay process.

"The ability to have all of the vendor-related data at our fingertips and reduce the amount of manual communication was a major benefit to our organization," said Don Wendt, Corporate Purchasing Manager of Great Plains Manufacturing. "With the Viewlocity SCM solution, interfaced to our Friedman Frontier ERP suite, we can effectively support the procurement requirements of our growing network of suppliers."

Viewlocity’s Control Tower Platform (CTP) gives companies one place to view and act on data from disparate supply chain systems including enterprise (ERP), warehouse (WMS) and transportation (TMS) management systems. By providing full visibility across multiple systems, locations, partners and processes, it is easier for companies to effectively manage supply chain costs and risks.

"When exceptions occur, say one supplier can't deliver on time, customers can easily check the inventory of their other supplier-partners and fill the gap without causing a disruption in delivery to customers," explains Mike Parrilli, VP of Sales of Viewlocity.

Great Plains Manufacturing
Great Plains Manufacturing was founded in 1976 by Roy Applequist and employs 1,500 people in eight Kansas communities and Sleaford, England. It encompasses five divisions: Great Plains Ag, which manufactures seedbed preparation, nutrient application, and seed placement equipment; Land Pride, which manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers, rototillers, rotary cutters, and dirt-working equipment; Great Plains International, which sells the company’s products worldwide; Great Plains Trucking, which operates a nationwide fleet of flatbed trucks; and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which finances the company’s products. Great Plains Mfg., Inc., is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, and is a family-owned business.

About Viewlocity
Viewlocity Technologies provides real-time visibility and control solutions for responsiveness and optimization within local, regional and global supply chains.  Viewlocity Technologies products are sold and supported through global offices and a partner network.

About Friedman Corporation
Friedman Corporation develops enterprise computing solutions for the discrete, make-to-order and engineer-to-order manufacturer. Friedman Frontier is known for its industry-leading configuration engine that enables companies to reduce SKUs and manage their business better and at less cost, from sales order entry through optimized production scheduling and on-time, as-ordered delivery. Friedman’s advanced; multi-platform technology and modular application design support customized enterprise-wide solutions to meet the unique requirements of the to-order manufacturer in different industries worldwide.

Media Contact:
Vincent Taravella
vtaravella@varsitynet.com

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