Kennedy ERP Software Case Study

PV & T / Indianapolis, Indiana
Kennedy’s old system was slow, difficult and forcing staff to waste time on workarounds. The company needed at system that would provide a seamless, easy-to-track account of their jobs and projects, and handle the design-to-production steps of custom manufacturing.
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The company

Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc. designs and manufactures custom fabricated ASME code pressure vessels, API-650 storage tanks, ASME columns, TEMA shell and tube heat exchangers, aboveground tanks, pressure vessels, custom tanks, and underground tanks in a variety of steel and alloy materials.

Founded in 1898 by Patrick Washington Kennedy, an expert journeyman boilermaker, Kennedy Tank is now run by a 4th generation member of the Kennedy Family: Patrick William Kennedy. The company is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, and currently has over 150 employees.

Key features

The challenge

Kennedy experienced a great deal of growth that wasn’t being efficiently managed across its two manufacturing plants. Their custom built software system could no longer handle increased production, including jobs and projects that could taking anywhere between 2 months and several years to complete.

“For the past 30 years, we used a custom built software system. By mid-2014, we had far outgrown that particular system and were looking for a solution that would meet our unique needs as a custom fabricator,” says Pat Kennedy.

Kennedy’s old system presented many challenges, according to Bill Kennedy, purchasing manager and one of the 5th generation Kennedy in the company. According to Bill, the old system was “slow and difficult to track.”

“In particular, it was difficult to get [request for quotes] out and to track the historical cost of materials,” said Bill Kennedy. “Additionally, receiving was slow as purchase orders were displayed line by line and it took two employees to get the job done.”

As a custom steel plate manufacturer, Kennedy Tank was looking for a software solution that would meet the unique needs of a custom manufacturer. Pat Kennedy decided it was time to find a solution that would allow the company to grow in the modern, competitive landscape of manufacturing. Furthermore, the management team at Kennedy were in need of an ERP system that would track their jobs and projects in a seamless and easy-to-use way.

Top requirements

The solution

Ultimately, Kennedy selected Genius as the best choice for their specific custom manufacturing needs and as the ideal partner while they continue to grow.

“One of the main reasons that we chose Genius ERP was that the Genius software was designed and supported by engineers – we felt that they had a very good handle on our business and our industry,” explained Bill Kennedy.

“One of the things that impressed me most with Genius ERP was the executive dashboard report – it provides me real-time cost on each job in the shop,” he said. “We are able to know the exact score of a job at a particular time and adjust our game plan accordingly.

“Genius will support our future growth plans by allowing us to easily retrieve historical data – which, in turn, should speed up our estimating process.”

“Overall, Genius Manufacturing ERP has allowed our business to be more proactive, rather than reactive, in providing top quality products and services to our valued customers,” added Pat Kennedy.

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