CHICAGO , Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ -- Textura Corporation (TXTR), the leading provider of collaboration solutions for the construction industry, announced that Ferguson, the largest plumbing wholesaler in North America and a leading distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and fire protection products, industrial pipes, valves and fittings, has selected PlanSwift, the fastest-growing digital takeoff and estimating solution.
"We're always facing challenges in regards to how we use technology to interact with our customers," said Jeff Walbert , Director of Shared Services, Ferguson. "One challenge we had was how we produce material takeoffs and how they are presented to the customer. Before we started using PlanSwift, the process was very manual and took the time of several associates. With PlanSwift, we are able to take a four-step process and turn it into one."
PlanSwift is the fastest and easiest to use software for accurately completing takeoffs. With PlanSwift's visual point-and-click interface, users can drag and drop individual products and assembled product groups directly onto a digitized blueprint. The PlanSwift® solution calculates the takeoffs automatically, saving valuable time and effort. PlanSwift allows users to complete more precise and accurate bids every day.
"We conducted an extensive search of different onscreen takeoff solutions; at one point, this search was as large as 10 systems. When it came to the onsite demo, PlanSwift presented an actual proof of concept. PlanSwift had a working demo whereas everyone else had concepts. PlanSwift also demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond with development. All these factors added to our decision to use the PlanSwift system," said Walbert. Founded in 1953, Ferguson has grown from two locations to 1,350 service centers and serves customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico , the Caribbean and Mexico .
Lawrence R. Rabinowitz , HQ Project Manager, Ferguson added, "Each step of the way, PlanSwift showed patience with our needs and executed changes quickly and on-time. The choice was clear and we are happy we have PlanSwift on our side."
An advantage that PlanSwift offers is flexibility and adaptability. "PlanSwift has been exceptional in adapting to our every need. Ferguson is not a contractor and we certainly don't fit the mold of the original intent of the software," said Robert Gott , Business Analyst IV. "So when we asked PlanSwift to adapt to our needs, they didn't hesitate and built 'Plugins' that solved our problems and even adapted their core product to make things work for us. PlanSwift truly went above and beyond."
"The future is bright for our relationship with PlanSwift. After this year, we should have approximately 400 users," said Gott. "The current bulk of the users are in the waterworks division, but we are in the process of adapting the product to work with our plumbing and industrial businesses as well."
James Purpura , President, PlanSwift and Submittal Exchange stated, "We are very pleased that a company with the history and presence of Ferguson has embraced our solution and is experiencing the benefits of increased efficiency and accuracy in their estimates. Our objective is to give all clients an outstanding experience and deliver a strong value proposition. We are pleased to be able to work with Ferguson and other contractors to improve their takeoff and estimating results."
Ferguson (www.ferguson.com) is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Va. , Ferguson has sales of $10.6 billion and approximately 19,000 associates in almost 1,350 locations. Ferguson and its subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico , Mexico and the Caribbean . Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc (www.wolseley.com), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (WOS.L) and on the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.
Textura is the leading provider of collaboration and productivity tools for the construction industry. Our solutions serve all construction industry professionals across the project lifecycle – from takeoff, estimating, design, pre-qualification and bid management to submittals, field management, LEED® management and payment.
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Lacey Faye Spang
Textura Corporation, Investor Relations
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