Northern California Construction Company: Sage Customer Success Story

Northern California Construction Services Company Handles Accounting and Inventory Management with Sage 100 Contractor

Redding, California – Highway Speciality Company, Inc. provides traffic safety equipment and services for highway projects in Southern and Northern California construction projects. They are a full-service provider that handles all highway construction needs, including traffic control crews, sign production and installation, safety equipment sales and rentals.

“We started Highway Specialty Co. to provide a level of service and professionalism that we saw lacking in this industry.  It is our goal to be the #1 in California for service and quality,” said Gerilee Shinn & Dustan Currier, Owners of Highway Specialty Co.

TAG, a California-based Sage Authorized Partner for Sage Construction Software, worked with Highway Specialty Co. to upgrade their accounting system from QuickBooks to Sage 100 Contractor.  They were seeking a job cost accounting solution that integrated with their equipment management, inventory control and service needs.

Overview of Sage Construction Software Services Provided by Plumb:

  • Personalized software demonstration of Sage 100 Contractor
  • Customized pricing to include core modules with add-on features
    • Equipment Manager, Inventory and Service & Inventory
  • Remote-based Implementation and Data Migration from QuickBooks to Sage 100 Contractor using Plumb methodology
  • Webinar-based training with office and field employees
  • On-going support and Sage 100 Contractor consulting services
HighwayWith Sage 100 Contractor, Highway Specialty Co. receive high-definition business visibility and it’s easier to make informed business decisions.  The system is accrual-based, construction-specific and performs advanced construction accounting requirements, as well as manage operations. Having a firm handle on job costs is a competitive advantage for Highway Specialty Co.  They can quickly identify unexpected material costs, overtime hours, and other cost factors and make course corrections to maximize profit.

Core Accounting Modules Included with Sage 100 Contractor:

  • General Ledger
  • Accounting Reports
  • AR, AP
  • Payroll
  • Project Management
  • Review & Reporting

Industry-Specific Add-Ons for Highway Specialty Company:

What is Service & Inventory within Sage 100 Contractor?

Fully integrated with Sage 100 Contractor and Sage estimating applications, Service and Inventory help to avoid the extra work mistakes that can occur when maintaining multiple, disparate service management, accounting, estimating and inventory systems.

Service: Using the service module, you can easily handle service contracts, service routes, dispatch, on-call work orders, quotes and point-of-sale or billing of service work materials in ways that work best for you.

Inventory: The Inventory module helps you track all inventory movement and transactions, whether the inventory is planned or left over from a job, so you maintain the right stock levels while reducing costs and eliminating waste. Multiple reports, such as Inventory Allocation, Allocation List, Quantity on Hand, Value Report, Inventory Ledger, and Stock Location Report, keep you informed and also protect valuable assets.

Service & Inventory Benefits:

  • Stay on top of inventory when service work is performed with full integration between Service and Inventory
  • Bill items individually or as part of an assembly (kit) for added flexibility
  • Use the flat-rate billing option to create and print your own price book for your technicians Easily keep your entire system updated by using the same parts and assemblies databases for estimating and for service
  • Directly transfer hours from your service work orders to Payroll
    Run truck restocking from work orders completed each day so that your warehouse staff can restock trucks at night
  • Effectively manage, monitor, and control costs through integration with accounting and estimating

Quickly determine the service area type of work scheduled (preventive, maintenance, subcontract, other) and priority (emergency, urgent, or prompt) with color coding.

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Get more out of your equipment assets with Equipment Management with Sage 100 Contractor:

The integrated Equipment Management add-on module enables Highway Specialty to approach equipment management with an eye on maximizing productivity and profit. Daily field reports and in-depth analytics provide the visibility they need to:

  • Build aggressive schedules that maximize productive hours
  • Service equipment at the right cycles
  • Allocate equipment costs directly to jobs
  • Optimize equipment ROI

Job Allocation: Improve job cost data and job profitability analysis by allocating equipment costs to specific jobs.

Maintenance Reports: Take advantage of down time by optimizing your schedule with up-to-the-minute equipment maintenance schedule reports.

Financial Information:  Make more informed decisions by analyzing depreciation information with automatically created reports and disbursements.

Rent, Lease, or Buy Analysis: Compare ownership, lease, or rental options to make the right equipment decisions for your company.

Cost Recovery Analysis:  Determine the optimal cost recovery rate for each piece of equipment.

Analysis reports: Use cost, maintenance, and revenue records to quickly determine equipment profitability.

Tighten Up Inventory Control with Inventory Application for Sage 100 Contractor. The integrated Inventory add-on module helps track all inventory movement and transactions, whether the inventory is planned or left over from a job.

Inventory Application Benefits:

  • See the items and materials you have on hand
  • Manage inventory across multiple locations
  • Get a complete picture of job costs with inventory charged to the correct job
  • Make better purchasing decisions using built-in reports
  • Automate restocking processes
  • Leverage flexible inventory valuation methods (FIFO, LIFO, or average cost)

Experience the Plumb Difference:

sage_greenAs a Sage Authorized Partner, with four offices throughout California, and a full team of Sage Certified Consultants, Plumb brings extensive construction software product knowledge and industry experience to each relationship.

The Plumb difference starts with our commitment to delivering personalized and professional service at every stage of the software buying process. We continue to help our clients achieve their financial and productivity goals by utilizing all of the technological advantages that Sage construction accounting software can bring their business.

Is your Northern California construction company considering an accounting and inventory management software upgrade?  

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