California Cascade Industries

California Cascade Industries

Company

California Cascade Industries

Location

Sacramento, CA

Website

www.californiacascade.com

Sales Profile

35 Users, 3 Locations, Locally Hosted

System

Agility

Implemented

August 14, 2006

Industries

Hardwood Lumber, Lumber, Millwork, Remanufacturing

Information

Based in California with three locations, California Cascade Industries is a manufacturer and distributor of redwood, cedar, and treated lumber products to large home centers and independent retailers throughout the southwestern United States since 1974.

The Challenge

Using a 20+ acre facility in Sacramento, a large aspect of California Cascade’s business is dedicated to remanufacturing. Their state-of-the-art plant is fully equipped with everything needed to complete orders including re-sawing, planning, treating, moulding and kiln drying. In conjunction with their modern resources, California Cascade needed a software system with industry specific features to take their remanufacturing procedures to the next level.

After investigating their options, California Cascade implemented Agility in 2006.

The Solution

California Cascade extensively researched their options before deciding to go with DMSi’s Agility Software in 2006. “We looked at three or four lumber-specific software programs,” Semons explained. “For us, we do a lot of remanufacturing work and Agility had the best functionality.”

Agility had very specific functionality that appealed to California Cascade. The remanufacturing options available in Agility allow California Cascade and other lumber companies to manage their value added processes with ease. In addition, Agility has the resources to track each stage of the remanufacturing process including expected completion dates and costs. A common issue in remanufacturing is inventory control. Agility solves this problem by committing materials used in the process so that it is no longer available for sale, resulting in inventory that is true and up to date in real-time.

Productivity is much more streamlined with Agility’s remanufacturing process. Detailed work orders contain an array of valuable customer and product information, but more importantly they provide concise communication to production staff. California Cascade has seen productivity increase from remanufacturing processes, especially because information is available in real-time.

“We do a lot of remanufacturing, so we can watch material go through so there’s not a lot of hang ups,” Semons described. “We don’t have to wait for things to update at the end of the day to see what we have done. We like that instantaneous complete the reman so we know what we have to keep moving forward. “

One of the most important aspects of the remanufacturing process for California Cascade is being able to have real-time information to have a more accurate view of their operations.

“We all know what is going on pretty much to the minute for all aspects of our company in different branches,” Semons explained. “So, if we have customers calling for something, we can look and see if we have it, and that has been very helpful in the customer service aspect.”

“We like real-time and we like the way the components integrate, whether it is sales, remanufacturing or purchasing progress and even just the overall accounting functions. The fact that it is Windows-based is great for us.”  -Tim Semons, Operations Manager, California Cascade