Whirlwind Steel Buildings Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of pre-engineered metal buildings and metal building components for the agricultural, commercial, governmental, industrial, institutional, residential, and self-storage markets. Founded in 1955, Whirlwind’s diverse product lineup includes metal building systems, metal building components, and the recently added solar energy systems division. The company, focused on quality, innovation, and value, has manufacturing facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Georgia.
Whirlwind’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system consisted of a number of home-grown systems, making it difficult to properly track costs and production―which is essential in the price-competitive, pre-engineered-structure market. As important, the company needed to accurately track inventory to reduce carrying costs that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Whirlwind also wanted to accurately track all labor costs incurred for each project and to reduce expenses though enhanced accounting procedures and lower borrowing costs.
After reviewing a number of ERP systems, Whirlwind Steel Buildings implemented Oracle E-Business Suite On Demand, delivered through Oracle Managed Cloud Services. With Oracle E-Business Suite On Demand serving as the foundation for its ERP system, the company can acquire more information regarding customer demand, deliveries, and manufacturing. Specifically, Whirlwind Steel Buildings improved inventory management and reduced inventory carrying costs. In addition, the new system enabled cost tracking for more than 1,000 projects annually, helping to proactively identify any projects in danger of going over budget. Further, by hosting Oracle E-Business Suite in the Oracle cloud, the company has reduced IT costs and ensured 24-hour support.
Whirlwind Steel Buildings receives constant system updates from Oracle and Oracle Partner SmartDog services.
As Whirlwind Steel Buildings does not have any in-house Oracle support, it works with Oracle Partner SmartDog Services to ensure efficient system maintenance and upgrades when necessary, as well as to run query reports.