REVIEWER: Bill Brown, director, Cost Accounting, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel.

BACKGROUND: Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (WPS), headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a producer of carbon flat rolled products for the construction, container, appliance, converter/processor, steel service center, automotive and other markets. The company's products include various sheet products such as hot rolled, cold rolled, hot dipped galvanized and black plate. WPS recognized the importance of production speed in the profitability equation. The company initiated an internal project to gather actual detailed product costs combined with production runtimes. However, their Excel-based effort just could not allow easy manipulation, presentation and distribution of the huge quantity of data. WPS opted to go with Maxager's ready-made solution, leveraging its years of development, rapid implementation and powerful feature set.

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