Nucor Steel Decatur Chooses IFS Business Software

CHICAGO, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC, a division of Nucor Corporation, the largest steel producer and recycler in the United States, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) 7 business software. The Alabama facility becomes the second Nucor plant to switch to IFS Applications. Nucor's plant in Jewett, Texas, went live with an IFS business solution in 2005.

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"IFS Applications gives us a solid enterprise asset management solution that will enable us to increase asset availability, improve efficiency, and reduce asset lifecycle costs," said Chad Potter, division controller for Nucor Steel Decatur. "The IFS solution will provide much greater visibility to key business information throughout the enterprise, enabling us to improve ongoing business operations."

"We're delighted that Nucor has chosen to build on its success at the Jewett, Texas, plant by deploying IFS Applications at a second facility," said Cindy Jaudon, president and CEO of IFS North America. "Our integrated solution will give them the agility they need to meet the demands of increasing global competition while exploiting new business opportunities."

The process industry is one of IFS' seven targeted markets. IFS provides industry-specific functionality for enterprises in the metals, pulp and paper, food and beverage, and chemicals segments. IFS Applications for the metals industry provides support for all critical business processes, including reliability-centered maintenance (RCM), overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), plant design, maintenance management, standardized real-time automation integration, order handling, manufacturing management, quality management, and demand planning. The application suite includes a complete asset and product lifecycle management solution.

IFS customers in the metals industry include Hutmen, SSAB, HMN Szopienice, WM Dziedzice, Nucor Corp., Elkem AS, and Surahammars Bruk. Other IFS process industry customers include Stora Enso, Holmen Paper, SCA Graphics, Pepsi, Iams, V&S Absolut Spirits, DuPont, Flint Group, Willamette Valley Co., Akzo Nobel, Becker Industrial Coatings, Jotun, and SICPA.

About Nucor Corp.

Nucor Corp. is the largest steel producer in the United States, with net sales of $12.7 billion in 2005. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is also the nation's largest recycler, recycling approximately 17 million tons of scrap steel annually. Nucor's origins are with a company founded by auto manufacturer Ransom E. Olds, who also founded Oldsmobile and Reo Motor Cars. Nucor has more than 11,000 employees, with operating facilities in 15 U.S. states. The company's products include carbon and alloy steel in bars, beams, sheet, and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; and light-gauge steel framing. For more information, visit

About IFS

IFS (XSSE: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides solutions that enable organizations to respond quickly to market changes, allowing resources to be used in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage.

IFS was founded in 1983 and now has 2,600 employees worldwide. IFS pioneered component-based enterprise resources planning (ERP) software with IFS Applications, now in its seventh generation. IFS' component architecture provides solutions that are easier to implement, run, and upgrade. IFS Applications is available in 54 countries, in 20 languages.

IFS has more than 500,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defense, automotive, high-tech, industrial manufacturing, process industries, construction & facilities management, and utilities & telecom. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality, including supply chain management (SCM); enterprise asset management (EAM); maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); product lifecycle management (PLM); customer relationship management (CRM); and corporate performance management (CPM) capabilities.

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IFS Applications is a trademark of Industrial and Financial Systems, IFS AB. All other referenced company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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