United Streetcar LLC, formed in December 2005, is the only manufacturer of modern streetcars in the United States. It manufactured the first modern US Department of Transportation (DoT), Buy America-compliant streetcar in the United States for the City of Portland, Oregon. United Streetcar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, Inc., a metals manufacturing company that specializes in mechanical and electrical integration and complex fabrication across diverse industries.
“Our parent company, Oregon Iron Works, operates under a job shop model. We needed a system that could support a true manufacturing model, but would also give us some flexibility for custom projects. Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provides manufacturing, distribution, and financial modules that are a strong fit for our manufacturing model. As important, we could implement the system quickly, and it can scale as we grow. And, it doesn’t take a big team to run it,” said Don Hutchison, director of finance, United Streetcar.
The implementation plan, scope, and approach sought to establish a basic infrastructure that would enable United Streetcar to establish discrete manufacturing capabilities as quickly as possible and build on these capabilities.
Oracle partner Jibe Consulting used its deployment methodology and Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies to rapidly create the project’s baseline configuration and build the foundation for United Streetcar’s financial, distribution, and manufacturing operations. Jibe implemented leading business best-practices for industrial manufacturing in just four months.
The company deployed JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financials, inventory management and procurement modules in September 2010, and it went live on manufacturing and distribution modules in July 2011. United Streetcar continues its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation as it looks to add sales and warranty management modules.
“It was important to us to work with a local consulting team so they would be available onsite if needed. Jibe Consulting was local and understood the challenges of a brand-new company. We didn’t have any best practices, and we needed a partner who would help us develop new processes according to industry standards. The combination of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Jibe Consulting, and its rapid implementation methodology set us on a course for success,” Hutchison said.