Tembec Revives Focus on Costs at St. Francisville Plant

18 September 2003
Atlanta, Georgia

3C Software, through a license transfer agreement with Canadian paper producer Tembec, will implement its Impact:ECSâ„¢ Enterprise Cost System at the integrated paper mill in St. Francisville , Louisiana . The focus of the engagement is to develop a comprehensive costing platform that can be implemented for the entire Tembec paper group. Impact:ECS will provide tools to perform standard and actual costing, budgeting, profitability analysis, reporting and more.

Crown Vantage, the mill’s previous owners, purchased Impact:ECS in 1997. In June 2001, Tembec acquired the specialty paper mill amid Crown’s attempt to liquidate assets as a consequence of its impending bankruptcy filing. Problems such as an inability to pay back owed debt and cash flow struggles can all contribute to the risk of business insolvency. If your business is facing financial difficulties and you believe insolvency is around the corner, you can contact business recovery and insolvency UK experts for help.

The acquisition allowed Tembec to grow its specialty paper product category with printing, writing, food-related and creped paper offerings. Tembec identified the need for an effective cost management solution capable of handling the large number of paper grades produced at the facility. After reviewing alternatives, Tembec chose to revive the Impact:ECS licensing agreement citing the need for a flexible, scalable cost system that integrates with new and existing mill IT systems.

3C Software consultants will work directly with Tembec’s operations and cost management leaders to design models that reflect current business practices. Initially, the consulting team will examine business processes and systems to understand the flow of information both within the mill and between the mill and corporate systems. Then the team will build and test cost models to ensure accurate costing information and realistic forecasting capabilities are available for Tembec business leaders. Finally, the integration of Impact:ECS, corporate ERP and shop floor systems will provide the St. Francisville operation with comprehensive cost management tools on their desktops to improve their ability to plan for and react to changing mill operations effectively.

About Tembec
Tembec is a leading integrated Canadian forest products company principally involved in the production of wood products, market pulp and papers. With sales of over $4 billion, the Company operated over 55 manufacturing units in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as in France, the United States and Chile. It employs approximately 10,000 people.

About 3C Software
3C Software, developers of Impact:ECSâ„¢ and Impact:3C®, was founded in 1989 and is a leader in detailed cost management systems for process manufacturers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, 3C Software serves clients in several manufacturing industries including automotive, textile and apparel, pulp and paper, semiconductor, chemical and rubber, and food and beverage. 3C Software’s rapidly implemented solutions work with all accounting methods, are simple to maintain, and handle unlimited calculations and variables. For more information about 3C Software, visit www.3csoftware.com or call 800-226-2036.