ATLANTA—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, today announced manufacturing leaders Accuride Corporation, Polamer Precision and Shank’s Extracts, Inc. have each been honored with the 2017 Plex Impact Award. The awards recognize manufacturers for industry leadership, innovation, and businesses transformation.

“The best measure of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud is always the success, innovation and achievements of our customers.”

2017 Plex Impact Award Winners include:

Industry Leader

Accuride Corporation is a growing global supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries.

• Accuride recently expanded its deployment to a newly acquired plant in Milan, Italy. The company has fueled its growth strategy by self-deploying Plex solutions across a total of nine facilities across North America and now Europe.

• Both Accuride’s suppliers and customers are also integrated with Plex through custom portals, driving efficiency while improving service.

• Accuride has been recognized repeatedly by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) for achievements in lean, and recently published a book on lean practices.


Polamer Precision manufactures complex engine and airframe components for both military and commercial aircraft.

• Polymer deployed Plex just over three years ago, establishing a system of record for their organization and enabling the creation of strategic impact reports for customers. Data that used to take days to gather is analyzed with just a click of the button. In that timeframe, Polamer has grown sales by 300 percent.

• Polamer also pursued a pilot program with Microsoft to use Hololens technology in an industrial setting. Using Hololens’ augmented reality, the team mapped out their manufacturing cell layout using a 3D model to position workstations and tooling, ensuring forklifts and other equipment have room to operate safely and efficiently.


Shank’s Extracts, Inc. is a private label maker of flavoring extracts and food coloring. Founded in 1899 by a pharmacist working to improve the taste of medicines, the company has since built a long track record for leadership. Shank’s now provides vanilla, flavorings and colorings for grocers and retailers worldwide.

•As a private label manufacturer, Shank’s is trusted with customers’ proprietary recipes and specifications, keeping their own name out of the spotlight and putting their customers’ brands first

• Using Plex, Shank’s has transformed data accuracy, achieving a single version of the truth across thousands of customer recipes, finished goods and raw materials inventory, as well as food safety regulations.

• That accuracy and precision continues to fuel Shank’s industry-leading quality and customer service, helping them grow in an increasingly competitive market.

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“The best measure of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud is always the success, innovation and achievements of our customers,” said Jason Blessing, Plex Systems CEO. “Shank’s, Polamer Precision, and Accuride Corporation each demonstrate what is possible when companies use technology to build a strategic advantage. All of us at Plex congratulate our amazing 2017 Plex Impact Awards honorees.”


About Plex

Plex is the Manufacturing Cloud, delivering industry-leading ERP and manufacturing automation to more than 550 companies across process and discrete industries. Plex pioneered cloud solutions for the shop floor, connecting suppliers, machines, people, systems and customers with capabilities that are easy to configure, deliver continuous innovation and reduce IT costs. With insight that starts on the production line, Plex helps companies see and understand every aspect of their business ecosystems, enabling them to lead in an ever-changing market. Learn more at

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