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Metals & Services to install Steel Manager III from 4GL Solutions

Stouffville, ON — March 6, 2015 — 4GL Solutions announced today the signing of an agreement to install their leading ERP metal specific software Steel Manager III at Metals & Services Co. of Addison, IL. Commenting on the agreement, George Walton, President of 4GL Solutions said, “We are proud to announce an agreement to install our industry leading ERP software Steel Manager III at Metals & Services, a family-owned business that was founded in 1977. Metals & Services has grown to become a leading full-line stainless steel center in an impressive 120,000 sq. ft. facility in Addison, IL. Metals & Services conducted a very thorough search for ERP software that was totally integrated, user friendly and most importantly had all the functionality to accommodate their wide variety of flat and long inventory as well as the multiple value-added services they offer their customers. Steel Manager III is an ideal fit.”

Michael Domenick, I.T. Coordinator at Metals & Services commented, “I immediately felt that 4GL Solutions understands the needs associated with the type of service center Metals & Services is. This is reflected in the features offered by Steel Manager 3 (SM3). Other ERP software packages seemed to just cater to coil processing and stocking warehouses. These types of operations deal with stock pulls, transfers and coil slitting for example, very generic needs. Metals & Services provides a wide range of value added services and the SM3 software can not only accommodate these processes but help track and break them down to allow for refinement.  Another valuable factor was the ease of reporting. Reports can be custom generated and easily exported to a spreadsheet for further refinement. This makes understanding valuable data easier and timelier. All these features, from the use of bar codes to the real time nature of this program it is an excellent fit with our needs.”

“I l looked closely at our process layout in the plant and in comparing this with the capabilities of the SM3 software, really felt that there was a good core understanding at 4GL of how different processes can and should be handled by an ERP system,” said  Steve Herff, Shop Supervisor.  “At Metals & Services, we provide to a more unique niche market. This is especially true regarding the value added processing of stainless plate, bar and fabrication services. There are a variety of processes we provide. Just cutting alone at Metals & Services is offered in a variety of choices to our customers. Our offerings become even more diverse & complex when you begin to look at all of the fabrication and stainless processes we provide. With this in mind, 4GL Solutions has given us the confidence to that their system is capable of helping us exceed the expectations and demands of our customers to perform no matter the challenge.”

In addition to Steel Manager III (SM3,) Metals & Services also will be installing three optional modules,

MTR (Material Test Report) Automation, Bar Coding and our Linear Nesting module. Our MTR module allows customers to scan and store electronic copies of MTRs and then have Steel Manager III (SM3) automatically attach these MTRs to invoices, packing slips, and have SM3 either fax or Email the documents to the customer automatically. It also allows instant access to any MTR should you need to access one in the future.

Our Bar Coding module allows the use of bar code scanners to enter the details of inventory, orders, picking slips etc into SM3, dramatically increasing the speed in which this information is captured.

Our Linear Nesting module will automatically present the long product inventory that will satisfy the order, at either the quote or sales order stage, while minimizing waste and maximizing yield.

About Metals & Services

Metals & Services, founded in 1997, is a family-owned business with the corporate headquarters in Addison Illinois, They are a full line distributor offering a wide variety of products including Stainless steel plate, Nickel alloys, Improved Machinability plate, Coil plate leveled and cut-to-length, Stainless steel diamond floor plate, Stainless steel sheet, Alloy 20, Nickel Alloys, Sheet coil leveled and cut-to-length, flattened expanded stainless steel sheets, Bar grating/grip strut, Perforated stainless steel sheet & plate, Stainless steel flat bar, Edge conditioned plate flats, Sawcut bar from plate – custom sizes to 20’ long, True bar, Stainless steel angle, Stainless steel round bar, Half rounds and ovals, Bearing shaft quality, Stainless steel square and hexagon bar, Stainless steel structurals, Hot rolled carbon steel, Cold roll carbon steel, Aluminum pipe, channel & tubing. All products available are available in a wide variety of materials.

Value-added services include plate sawing, bar cutting, plasma, waterjet and laser plate cutting, shearing and a variety of machining services.

About 4GL Solutions

4GL Solutions, founded in 1984, is a leading source for customized ERP Metal Center Software, specifically designed for the steel and metal industry. Our state-of-the-art Steel Manager III (SM3) metal industry software package is a completely integrated system encompassing inventory management, purchasing, sales, in-house processing, outside processing, shipping, bar coding, MTR retrieval, accounts payable, accounts receivable and a complete general ledger program.

4GL Solutions’ Enterprise Steel Manager III Metal Center software system is installed in customer sites throughout Canada and the United States, and internationally.


For more information, please contact:

Paul Parsons

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

4GL Solutions


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