SCOTTSDALE, AZ (June 12, 2001)–CRC Information Systems announced today that it has acquired Seattled-based Kaizen Software Corporation. As CRC has done successfully in other segments of graphic arts, the company will enhance its software modules that comprise THE System to incorporate all of the screenprinting-specific estimating and production functionality resident in Kaizen’s package.
Merging CRC’s unparalleled technology, development, and support with Kaizen’s knowledge and experience in screenprinting will create the industry’s ultimate solution.
CRC CEO and President Henry S. Hebing notes, “With our technology and Kaizen’s expertise in screenprinting, we felt that together we could deliver the finest business management solution ever made available to screenprinters.” Scheduled for release late this summer, the combination of Kaizen’s front-end applications with CRC’s enterprise wide management solution, which runs on the Microsoft Windows 2000 and SQL Server 2000 platform, will be marketed as THE System for Screenprinters.
In keeping with Kaizen’s dedication and commitment to the screenprinting industry, the acquired company will be operated as a separate division of CRC Information Systems in order to maintain its focus on the current and future needs of commercial and textile screenprinters. Kaizen Software founder Pat Dykes has been named President of the Kaizen division and will serve as a Vice President of CRC.
“We made the decision to join forces with CRC based on how to best address customer needs and how to best protect their investment in their Kaizen software” says Dykes. Dykes, a 30-year veteran of the screenprinting industry, will be responsible for directing all screenprint-related sales and marketing efforts and will be directly involved in the development of all software applications for the industry.
“Pat’s overall knowledge of the business, his understanding of the screenprinting industry, commitment to customer service, and enthusiasm will serve him well in his new role with CRC,” states Hebing. Dykes has made a long-term commitment to CRC and has singed a multi-year employment agreement with the company. The Kaizen Software division will be devoted entirely to the screenprinting, digital imaging, and related industries and will continue to operate out of Seattle, Washington.
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