SYSPRO, SYSPRO ERP Software User, Columbia Manufacturing, Honored for Sustainability Achievements

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Awards Recognize Companies for “Shaping Future of Global Manufacturing”

COSTA MESA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 7, 2015SYSPRO, a provider of best-of-breed, award-winning enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for on-premise, mobile and cloud-based utilization, has announced that SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning user Columbia Manufacturing is a winner of a Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Award for achievements in sustainability. As the technology provider, SYSPRO is also a finalist for a ML Technology Partner Award.

Columbia has been utilizing SYSPRO ERP software since 2004. Ali Salehi, Columbia Manufacturing Sr. Vice President, notes that SYSPRO was the choice from a field of 15 candidates. “We found SYSPRO to be the most adaptive to the nature of our business and unsurpassed for flexibility, ease of use and training,” says Salehi.

Salehi references the ways SYSPRO software functionality has been instrumental to the establishment of Columbia’s sustainability achievements: “SYSPRO functionality . . . expedites material resource planning and purchasing, while SYSPRO inventory forecasting, enables, as it were, our ability to ‘see the future’ so we can regulate our purchase of chemicals, water usage, electricity and all the items related to our manufacturing of school furniture.”

The following lists Columbia’s environmental achievements, many of which were facilitated utilizing SYSPRO ERP software:

  • Elimination of 100% of all V.O.C.'s with a painting operation that is 100% powder coating.
  • Reduction of water usage from 150,000 gallons/day to 3,000 gallons/day.
  • Using 100% recycled wood flour in hard plastic seats, backs and tops.
  • Using up to 25% recycled post industrial products in soft plastic components.
  • Recycling 100% of excess wood products and pallets.
  • Recycling 100% cardboard and paper products.
  • Recycling 100% of scrap steel.
  • Recycled wood and paper products are converted to fuel cell cubes replacing coal in power generator plants.

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that enabled the manufacturers to set themselves apart from their competitors and that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes.

Judges will vote on one High Achiever Award in each category, as well as a 2015 Manufacturer of the Year and a 2015 Project of the Year.

Manufacturer of the Year along with the top-scoring project in each category will be announced at the 11th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala on June 4, 2015, the last day of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 2-4, 2015, Carlsbad, CA.

The theme for the 11th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit is “The New Era of Creative Manufacturing.”

For more information on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards or the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, please go to

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

The Frost & Sullivan “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

About Columbia Manufacturing

Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., is a privately owned company located at One Cycle Street, Westfield, Massachusetts. Columbia, originally founded in 1877 by Colonel Albert Pope, established itself as the premier bicycle manufacturer of America’s First Bicycle. As a way to diversify its product line and to help keep the factory busy in the slow periods, Columbia started manufacturing school furniture in 1952 and today is considered to be the manufacturer of the finest school furniture in America.

Columbia’s facility sits on 36 acres with the original factory as its core. Over the years it has expanded and currently has approximately 300,000 square feet of usable manufacturing space. For more information: call: (413) 562-3664 or go to:


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