Pioneer Motor Bearing Counting on Rootstock’s Manufacturing Cloud ERP

SAN FRANCISCO – March 31, 2014 – Rootstock Software®, the leader in cloud manufacturing and supply chain applications, today announced that Pioneer Motor Bearing Company (Kings Mountain, North Carolina and San Mateo, California) has chosen Rootstock’s Cloud ERP to replace its on-premise legacy ERP software, which will consolidate all of Pioneer’s key metrics onto the® platform, the most powerful and flexible platform for business enterprise applications. Founded in 1920, Pioneer Motor Bearing provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users with world-class custom fluid film bearing engineering, manufacturing and repair expertise, primarily in the electric power generation and oil and gas markets.

In 2009, Pioneer Motor Bearing adopted cloud-based (NYSE: CRM) software to handle its customer relationship management (CRM) front-end work in order to deepen long-standing customer relationships and manage the company’s growing sales. Impressed with the flexibility of the Salesforce Platform™ that allowed for point-and-click customizations, Pioneer discovered the AppExchange®, the ecosystem of business enterprise software applications native to platform, and applications there that made it easy to adopt more complex functionality. Pioneer was “blown away” at how easy it was to install new applications, an experience Pioneer’s CEO, Gordon Bardet, says he enjoys on his tablet but didn’t expect to see for enterprise software. “Being able to get a 360 degree view of our customers has always been our focus, and Rootstock, with their FinancialForce™ partnership, is an important piece of that mission.”

Pioneer spent the next three years fine-tuning Salesforce at the enterprise level but quickly realized the limited potential and inefficiency of using different systems to track sales and production activities. Accordingly, it sought to move all of its data onto to fully leverage the power of the platform. Systems Development Manager Jeremy Bardet and his team spent 18 months networking, searching, and discovering the different options available on the AppExchange.

Pioneer is excited to be an early adopter of Cloud-based Manufacturing ERP software after Rootstock demonstrated it provides traditional shop scheduling with a modern user interface that makes shop-floor control and capacity planning more efficient.

“Pioneer Motor Bearing was especially impressed with our Capacity Planning module,” adds Pat Garrehy, president and CEO of Rootstock. “As a manufacture-to-order job-shop, it is imperative to them that they can quickly schedule their shop and maximize efficiency. They were especially excited about how they could benefit from our drag-and-drop shop floor features.”

Jeremy Bardet explains, “Rootstock continues to rapidly develop new features, which is what we expect from today’s leading cloud applications. Consistently receiving these feature upgrades justifies the subscription-based pricing model.” Bardet emphasizes, “We do not manufacture to a sales forecast or an inventory, so it is imperative we have lean but powerful systems.”

About Pioneer Motor Bearing Company

Pioneer provides customers, both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users, bearing engineering, manufacturing, repair and training expertise to help them design, build, maintain and upgrade large rotating equipment to operate more efficiently and reliably over an extended life. Among other types of bearings, the company designs and builds thrust bearing assemblies that support loads up to and in excess of 1,000,000 pounds. In the “green energy” sector of hydroelectric power generation its customers include virtually all the major hydroelectric OEMs and end users throughout North America. Pioneer is a licensee of Siemens Energy, Inc. (Orlando, FL) and Alstom Power (USA) and is the exclusive American alliance partner of Michell Bearings of the UK (a member of the Rolls-Royce Group). Pioneer’s proprietary designs include the Fluid Pivot® tilting pad journal bearing. For more information, visit Pioneer’s website at

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