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Allied Valve was created in 2004 when the new owners bought locations in Iowa, Chicago, Indiana and Wisconsin and joined them to create a company that would supply, repair and customize industrial valves for buyers at refineries and power plants.
The previous owners had been contracting down to nothing. "We didn't want to see the businesses go away, so we bought them," says President Jim Knox. All the new owners had been associated with the old businesses.
Allied wanted to quickly implement a business operating system to update the aging software it was inheriting. It needed a unified platform to support growth, and a system that would provide full functionality to salespeople on the road. One of Allied's goals was to better ...