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MIDWEST CONCRETE MATERIALS STREAMLINES ITS AGGREGATES OPERATIONS WITH SPECTRUM ® Mike Sanson, the IT and HR manager at Midwest Concrete Materials, was a driving force behind his company's switch to Spectrum® Construction Software. When he joined the Manhattan, Kan.-based company, it was running its operations through another solution where the level security and audit trails were virtually nonexistent. On almost a daily basis, the company was having to go in and make billing adjustments, correct mistakes or re-enter information that wasn't entered correctly the first time through manual processes. C A S E S T U D Y "At that time, if you didn't have that paper ticket, it didn't get entered. So who knows how much we actually might have missed," Sanson said. "In the ready mix industry, a 10 yard load of concrete is about the most you can have on a ticket. So if we did a 100-yard order, which is asically a basement, then we'd have 10 tickets. They were manually entered into the system. Every time you touch a ticket, there was a chance for error. Without the audit trail, we were really vulnerable. I almost immediately started working on researching and seeing what else was out there that could fill our needs a lot better." That search led to Spectrum, which integrated with its ticketing systems and other solutions to create a streamlined flow of data into and out of its accounting and billing departments. "Now when we go through and batch all of our concrete, we simply edit all of the tickets and make sure they are correct, any additional charges are added to it and then it is a simple download into Spectrum and we're ready to bill the customer," Sanson said. More recently, Midwest Concrete Materials added automated scales at all of its sand plants. "So when one of our guys or a customer comes in, they swipe a card, the order is in there, it kicks out a ticket and it is good to go. Now, not just with our concrete, but with our aggregate materials, we are downloading the majority of our tickets there," Sanson said.

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