West Coast Reduction Ltd., a Vancouver-based, family-owned and operated business, is the largest independent renderer in Western Canada. The company provides a necessary service to farms; feedlots; restaurants; butcher shops; super markets; and processors of beef, pork, poultry, and fish products intended for human consumption. This service includes the regular pick-up and transfer of meat, fish, and poultry byproducts to rendering plants, where they are processed into protein-feed ingredients and fats and oils used for the oleo chemical industry.
West Coast Reduction conducts rendering operations from facilities in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Vancouver, and Nanaimo. Rendering, a recycling process which involves converting raw materials into useful finished products, requires each of the company’s plants to comply with local, provincial, and federal health, safety, and environmental standards. The company achieves quality assurance and adherence to all applicable laws through the universal implementation of a customized quality assurance program.
West Coast Reduction is constantly looking for ways to leverage technology to streamline its business and make it run more cost effectively. The company continuously enhances its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to improve its competitive advantage, reduce costs, and automate key business processes. A customer of Oracle’s JD Edwards solutions since 1996, the company recently upgraded to version 9.0 and implemented Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher to automate company processes, reduce capital expenditure, and grow its bottom line across each of its plant locations.
Back in 1996, to replace its disparate systems, West Cost Reduction was able to bring all its technological processes under Oracle’s JD Edwards solution. Over the last 16 years, the software has enabled the company to adapt and grow with the industry without needing to buy additional technology solutions. Because of the flexibility and ongoing return on investment the application suite offered, the company chose to continue its relationship with Oracle by upgrading to the latest version of the software and adding additional business intelligence components to further automate processes and enhance visibility for stronger decision-making capabilities.
“We continue to go with Oracle because the company brings a huge value to the technology side of our business. Over the last 16 years, Oracle has consistently met our business needs. The technology is as state of the art today as it was when we first selected it,” said Brian Brinkac, chief information officer, West Coast Reduction Ltd.
West Cost Reduction chose to upgrade from JD Edwards EnterpriseOne version 8.12 to 9.0, as it wanted to take advantage of some of the mobility functionality offered in the latest release. While the average upgrade time for this release is 90 days, the company was able to complete the implementation in-house in fewer than 30 days.