Sugar Creek Increases Productivity with Time America's Automated Labor Management System
TEMPE, Ariz. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 15, 2004 -- Sugar Creek Packing Co., the nation's leader in bacon slicing capabilities, has significantly increased operational efficiency by implementing an automated labor management system by Time America Inc. (OTCBB: TMAM).
Time America's HourTrack(TM) solution replaced an outdated labor management system that could not keep up with the company's growth. Using Time America's comprehensive system, Sugar Creek has solved many of its payroll and labor management challenges. For example, the transition from traditional time cards to biometric clocks has enabled payroll to operate more efficiently. Moreover, management has benefited from the system's ability to monitor the progress of both individuals and groups.
"We do a lot of in-house development and we wanted an automated time and labor management system that could easily integrate with our existing proprietary software," said Vincent Perhach, corporate IT director for Sugar Creek, whose payroll and accounting departments were experiencing difficulties until they implemented the easy-to-use system. "Time America's software made sense. We could extend it and integrate it to do what we wanted."
Since its implementation in 2000, HourTrack has helped Sugar Creek make some critical improvements. One such improvement is the real-time statistics that the company now has access to, which highlight the strengths and weaknesses of their workforce operations and productivity. By eliminating harmful lag-time in reporting, decisions can be made and implemented faster, which adds up to savings in time and money, and ultimately "trims the fat." Additionally Sugar Creek has experienced operational benefits resulting in a return on their investment and a steeper competitive edge.
"The management response has actually been very nice," said Perhach. "We're now able to track time down to pounds-per-man-hour which, for a bacon slicing company, means increased efficiency at plants and improved productivity, both of which contribute to a fatter bottom line."
About Sugar Creek Packing Co.
Sugar Creek is the nation's leader in bacon slicing capacity and capabilities, producing over 100 million pounds annually in multiple facilities in Illinois, Kansas and Ohio. Headquartered in Washington Court House, Ohio, Sugar Creek co-packages a variety of well-known national brands for retail stores and the food service industry. Since the company's establishment in 1966, Sugar Creek has taken pride in seeking ways to improve productivity and capacity, while maintaining quality standards. This effort continues today with investment in state-of-the-art equipment and technology, as reflected in the company's advanced food testing laboratory and highly efficient distribution network. Sugar Creek's labor management initiative served to support this tradition, as well as to give the company further competitive edge in overall performance.
About Time America Inc.
Time America Inc. has been providing innovative time and labor management solutions for more than 17 years. By leveraging innovative technology, our family of software and hardware solutions helps organizations track and transform basic labor data into strategic information that improves workforce productivity and the utilization of labor resources. Time America solutions are used by more than 20,000 companies worldwide including ARAMARK Corp., the University of Southern California, Thrifty Rental Car, the Texas Legislative Council and the Mesa Air Group. For more information, please visit the Time America Web site at www.timeamerica.com.
HourTrack is a trademark of Time America Inc. All other trade names are the property of their respective owners.
Certain information and comments contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934). Factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004, and subsequently filed form 10-QSBs, together with other factors that appear in this press release or in the company's other Securities and Exchange Commission filings could affect the company's actual results and could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of the company, in this press release.