General Equipment and Supplies, Tri-State Machinery and Aggregate Equipment and Supplies are leading distributors of construction equipment. With major emphasis on heavy-duty aggregate and mining equipment, GES has developed into an established name for crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment.
Their primary focus has been to supply heavy construction equipment to the construction, mining, oil exploration and municipal governments in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Starting with one location and 22 employees in 1984, General Equipment has grown to 250 employees in six US locations including Fargo, Minot, Bismarck and Williston ND, Sioux Falls SD and Shakopee MN as well as two locations in Canada with Regina, SK and Winnipeg, MB.
Don Shilling, President of GES, says: “When you sell customers expensive assets, which they use to make profits for their companies, it is important to have the right information available to support their efforts. To respond to customer needs, the system must have the capacity to deliver organized information quickly and the capability of tracking assets and business processes. We needed a system in which every sale to a customer, from whole goods to parts and service, can be monitored and examined. So, we continue to stay ahead of their potential future needs. “The distributor system we operated did a fairly good job of the basics, but we wanted more. We wanted an ERP solution that could help us grow and better control our business, with all the information available at our fingertips to support our customers.”
“Customers come to us for a total solution tailored to their specific needs. With over 25 years of experience and nationwide distribution and service, we have become a recognized leader in the area of aggregate equipment”, says Mr. Shilling.
GES participated in a dealer consortium, which outlined the system requirements and scrutinized three major vendors. GES selected e-Emphasys ERP for three main reasons: its breadth and flexibility, its strong monitoring and reporting capabilities for department managers and owners, and its modern and future-proof technology foundation.
Mr. Shilling: “e-Emphasys ERP provides an accurate mirror of our business. e-Emphasys ERP is focused on the two main issues we deal with: customers and equipment. Interactions between those two are tracked and presented in e-Emphasys ERP, providing complete visibility in all stages of the customer and equipment life cycle. In the customer record we see in an instant what a customer owns, what he purchased from us or problems he had recently.”
e-Emphasys ERP supports all of GES’ sales, rental, service, workshop, management, warehouse, planning, scheduling and accounting processes. e-Emphasys ERP’s light manufacturing and sophisticated equipment modeling and tracking capabilities proved to be of great value to the GES aggregate equipment business.
“e-Emphasys ERP is a very sophisticated system, light years ahead of our old system. The power of e-Emphasys has enabled us to further realize the potential of our dealership, running our business better with more complete and accurate information available throughout the organization.”
– Don Shilling, Owner
General Equipment & Supplies, Inc.
The GES owners and management team is pleased with the business improvement e-Emphasys ERP has enabled. MIS Manager Mr. Don Steha: “With e-Emphasys ERP we have a single source of the truth for all our customer and fleet information. e-Emphasys ERP provides full visibility of the equipment specs and images along with full life cycle cost and revenue by unit, e-Emphasys ERP has been an enormous improvement for our organization.”
“Since e-Emphasys ERP runs on modern Infrastructure such as Windows and SQL Server, we could deploy it on our existing blade server. This meant an instant and significant cost savings for GES,” Mr. Stiha claims.
“The largest return of our software investment will be the automated processes both within the system and throughout our operation, and via the interfaces with our manufacturers and vendors. I envision the whole process of ordering, stocking, tracking and selling inventory items to be fully automated and extremely accurate,” says Mr. Shilling.
e-Emphasys ERP Collaboration has been a great facilitator in automating a large number of OEM transactions. Mr. Stiha: “Thanks to the modern and flexible architecture of e-Emphasys ERP Collaboration and the extensive integration experience of its consultants, e-Emphasys has been able to quickly deliver a large number of Komatsu interfaces, including new ones such as the Advanced Stocking List interface”
“e-Emphasys ERP is a very sophisticated system, light years ahead of our old system. The power of e-Emphasys has enabled us to further realize the potential of our dealership, running our business better with more complete and accurate information available throughout the organization. e-Emphasys helps us further shape our commitment to customers and implement our growth strategy. We have picked a winner!” concludes Mr. Shilling.