aPriori to be Deployed by JLG Industries

aPriori to be Deployed by JLG Industries


Concord, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/29/2006 --aPriori, the leading provider of enterprise cost management solutions for discrete product companies, today announced that JLG Industries, the world's leading producer of access equipment (aerial work platforms and telehandlers) will be expanding their deployment of the aPriori’s Enterprise Cost Management Software Platform across their North American operations. JLG’s decision to expand its usage of aPriori is based upon a highly successful initial project that resulted in a dramatic ROI. In addition, JLG views the aPriori capabilities as part of its overall corporate strategic initiative to both reduce its product line costs and time to market.

The aPriori Enterprise Cost Management Software Platform provides real-time, predictive cost assessments and control throughout the entire product development and delivery process. aPriori’s groundbreaking technology was developed to integrate the disparate cost decision making of the corporate cost management ecosystem of designers and engineers, manufacturing engineers and planners, purchasing and sourcing professionals, cost managers, and program/project management. This system delivers the integrated visibility and control of product costs that enable product companies to measurably reduce their Costs-of-Goods Sold (COGS) by whole percentages by identifying quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor and overhead while evaluating alternative designs, manufacturing processes, and vendor sources.

This significant expansion order follows on the results a very successful initial implementation program at JLG. The initial project validated that aPriori accurately and predictively generates product costs for JLG products being built in both JLG production facilities as well as JLG supplier facilities. This data is being used to effectively reduce product costs of a key product line. The product cost savings generated during the first eight weeks of product usage alone resulted in a first year ROI of greater than 3:1. Based on these results, JLG will broaden its usage of the aPriori Enterprise Cost Management Software Platform across its North American operations and expand usage of aPriori across product lines to reduce the product costs of its sheetmetal, welded, cast, machined, and injection molded products. “In a very competitive market, achieving cost targets at product launch is a high priority,” said Wayne MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Engineering at JLG. “Understanding the cost of our products both for our external suppliers as well as our internal capabilities is critically important. aPriori has proven that it can help us achieve lower cost product designs and avoid post-launch cost reduction efforts.”

“More and more customers like JLG are reaping the benefits of achieving cost targets and reducing product costs by using aPriori,” said Frank V. Azzolino, President and CEO of aPriori. “Improving the financial results of discrete product companies by enabling them to actively control and measurably reduce their product costs is what differentiates aPriori from any other enterprise product cost management system available.”

“aPriori has customers in a variety of industries including High Technology, Industrial Equipment, Automotive, and Heavy Machinery. Recent customers include John Deere, Panasonic, Thomas & Betts, Flextronics, JLG, and Dana Corporation.”

The expanded implementation begins immediately and will include JLG’s North American facilities as well as several of their major suppliers.