Epicor(R) Customers Win 2011 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 28, 2011 -- Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, today announced that its customers, Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC (Chirch Global) and Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS), are winners of the seventh annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) Awards, selected by Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication. The PM100 recognizes best-in-class manufacturers from around the world who are using innovative and advanced technologies to achieve business transformation.

Both Chirch Global and STS are utilizing Epicor next-generation enterprise resource planning ( ERP) to ensure their software is adapting along with their rapidly growing businesses. Chirch Global was named to the PM100 in the Business Model Mastery category, while STS was recognized as a PM100 winner in the Data & Integration Mastery category.

"Epicor is pleased that our customers continue to be recognized by the PM100 for their use of innovative technology with help from our ERP solutions," said James Norwood, senior vice president, worldwide product marketing for Epicor. "The diversity of the companies recognized demonstrates the wide-spread capabilities of our solutions for customers in the manufacturing industry."

Chirch Global is a precision metal stamping and fabrication company that has been utilizing Epicor's cloud-based ERP solution, Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition ( Epicor Express), to manage its manufacturing business using game-changing technology. "We wanted the most current and future looking technology," said Anthony L. Chirchirillo, CEO of Chirch Global. "Epicor, with its roots in manufacturing and job shop applications as well as its strong Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP solution, was an ideal solution."

Chirch Global's business initiative titled, Virtually Unstoppable: a New Business Model for Competitive Advantage, is about embracing virtualization technology to forge a new hybrid onshore/offshore manufacturing model, which changes the game for leveraging technology. Through the on-demand, cloud-based Epicor Express system, Chirch Global has the ability to access information anywhere to support global 24/7 operations, as well as other "virtual" technologies such as Web conferencing to support training and quality assurance efforts to ensure consistency across its manufacturing operations. The adoption of this new technology gives Chirch Global a competitive advantage, which enables them not only to win new business, but also to retain business that would have otherwise headed overseas.

STS is an engineer and build-to-order business which takes in expensive semiconductor production equipment, such as ion implanters, and refurbishes them using the 75 unique elastomer bonding formulations that the company has developed. Being on the forefront of this bonding technology, it is critical that STS has an efficient and reliable system to track its work, document quality data and find correct processes that may be becoming non-conforming.

As STS began to grow rapidly, the company also started to encounter problems with its existing systems for tracking materials, financials, jobs and production quality. As a result, three years ago STS chose to implement a new ERP and quality management platform, ultimately the next-generation Epicor 9 ERP suite kept up with the company's growth and enabled STS to respond more quickly and accurately to customer requests and better track and manage internal processes like quality management and sales and order tracking.

"With the use of our upgraded Epicor systems, the company now has an up-to-date, unified repository of all information related to all bonded assembly work," said John Lilleland, owner, president and CTO of STS. "This has significantly reduced the amount of labor required for tasks like responding to customer queries."

About The PM100
The PM100 recognizes 100 projects that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by Managing Automation Media as critical to business success in the years ahead. An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor of Managing Automation, reviewed project nominations. The PM100 winners will be honored and presented with their awards at the Awards Gala scheduled to be held on the last day of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2011, May 9-11 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. More than 200 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend.

"As we prepare for the eventual end of the Great Recession, these winning companies dramatically underscore how the manufacturing industry will begin to emerge in an even stronger position once a recovery takes a firm hold," said Brousell. "The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future."

About Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Inc.
Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a division of Thomas Publishing Co. LLC, the leading information resource for manufacturing executives, produces industry-specific information for global manufacturing markets. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications provides critical content to innovative and forward-thinking manufacturing companies that use enterprise systems and information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications powers the Managing Automation magazine and Web site; the Manufacturing Executive Web site, Manufacturing Leadership Council, and Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal; the Manufacturing Leadership Summit; and the PM100 Awards program. For more information visit www.manufacturingleadershipsummit.com or email us at Email Contact.

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), human capital management (HCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor takes pride in more than 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional or global scale. The Company's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit www.epicor.com. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Epicor; http://twitter.com/EpicorEMEA.

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