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Structural Concepts Achieves 32% New Product Revenue Growth With Microsoft Enterprise Open Source PLM Solutions From Aras


Structural Named Winner of 2007 Progressive Manufacturer Award

LAWRENCE, MASS. - June 14, 2007 - Aras Corporation, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that Structural Concepts Corporation has been named a winner of the 2007 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year Award presented by Managing Automation. Structural Concepts was selected as a winner by an independent panel of judges for achieving measurable business results in driving revenue growth, reducing development cycles, and improving product quality with the Aras solutions for enterprise PLM.


The Progressive Manufacturer of the Year Award recognizes businesses that have mastered multiple technological and business disciplines to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Structural Concepts' strategic improvement initiative with Aras has driven measurable improvements in new product introduction. Results include:


  • 32% increase in revenues over 2 years
  • Innovative, award winning new product designs
  • 40% improvement in Order-to-Delivery cycle time
  • Product development productivity increase of 67% saving over $675,000 to date
  • 50% reduction in new product lead time
"As a growing company, we really needed an enterprise PLM solution that would support our business strategy and fit into our Microsoft environment," said Viktor Anderson, Director of Engineering for Structural Concepts. "Our revenues increased by 32% since implementing the Aras enterprise open source solution. We understand the competitive advantage Aras gives us."


About Structural Concepts Corporation
Established in 1973, Structural Concepts has over 30 years of experience in designing and building innovative temperature controlled display cases. Structural Concepts provides foodservice, supermarket and convenient store operators with an extensive array of display products designed to merchandise bakery, deli, floral, grab and go products, produce and other specialty foods. Customers include Wal*Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, Hilton Hotels and numerous other recognized leaders in the food retailing and foodservice industries. For additional information visit www.structuralconcepts.com


About Aras Corporation
Aras® Corporation is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source software solutions to companies that want the control and flexibility of open source and have Microsoft skill sets and infrastructure. Aras delivers the Aras Innovator® suite of solutions providing an alternative to conventional enterprise applications. The Aras Innovator application framework technology is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy quickly and adapt easily while maintaining upgradeability. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com