Hinds-Bock Co. ERP Software Case Study

Food & Bakery / Bothell, WA
After two unsuccessful experiences with other ERPs, Hinds-Bock now uses Genius ERP to manage the company’s complex engineer-to-order business platform.
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The company


Family-run business founded in 1962 as Philip Bock Corp. Pioneer in air-powered piston filler technology.


Food and cosmetics equipment manufacturing, both custom equipment for custom production lines, and standard catalogue of parts and equipment.

Genius ERP highlight

“Look after your customer, even if at times it gets a little painful. If you look after your customer, you’ll be able to stay in business for 40 or more years—like we have.”

Key features


Having the BOM flow seamlessly into the Genius ERP system gives Hinds-Bock a running start on production.

Accounting module

Handles complex prepayments with ease, and connects accounting data with the manufacturing side of operations.

Project Management

Accurate costing, from material to labour overhead paired with inventory tracking that made forecasting easy.

The challenge

Hinds-Bock is dedicated to meeting the needs of food production, bakery, cosmetics and specialty chemical companies for high quality piston and servo depositing/filling equipment and systems. The company believes in maintaining the quality of its product by controlling all aspects of production. “One of the things my father told me is that you gotta be careful, because if you start relying on other people to manufacture for you, you lose the control and quality you have,” said Gary Hinds, president of Hinds-Bock Corporation. “So if you’re going to be a manufacturer, manufacture. And that stuck with me.” So when it came to an ERP system, the mid-sized manufacturer was looking for a system that would give them control and understanding over every aspect of production, that way they could ensure their high-level of quality.

Top requirements

SolidWorks integration

To get a running start on engineer-to-order manufacturing

Sync office functions with shop floor

To get a better handle on inventory and billing

Quick, thorough implementation

To ensure a quick ROI and no interruptions to production

The solution

After vetting major ERP systems, conducting key-user interviews and checking multiple references, Hinds-Bock chose Genius ERP as the best fit as both a partner and as the right solution for long-term success.

Hinds-Bock realized immediate benefits at launch, including a running start on their newest orders as they went seamlessly from design to production with CAD2BOM. Genius Accounting began handling complex prepayments with ease, and the company connected accounting data with the manufacturing side of operations. “Genius takes a lot of the guesswork out of the numbers,” said Larry Riley, CFO at Hinds-Bock Corporation.

Another big win for Hinds-Bock is the ability to better manage its order and production processes. The company can now view all information associated to one job and track progress efficiently.

“We see an opportunity to grow as a leader,” explained Hinds. “An ERP system is critical to achieve this goal, which is why we chose Genius. It’s going to be the base of our growth for the next 5 to 10 years, and we can see great things coming from it.”

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