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Shopware expands to Indiana and Kentucky!

ELGIN, Illinois – Shopware, a Mastercam reseller for over 25 years, is proud to announce our territory expansion into Indiana and Western Kentucky. The recent acquisition of CAD/CAM Technologies (CCT) will allow Shopware to provide Mastercam sales and support to users in this area. The acquisition makes Shopware the largest Mastercam Value-Added-Reseller in the U.S. We welcome all the customers in Indiana and Kentucky and look forward to expanding on the world class service and support you’ve seen from CCT.

Shopware will also begin selling and servicing ProShop Shop Management software in Indiana & Kentucky.

GM of Shopware, Bill Angsten, sees this acquisition as a big step for the future of the company. “We will now have more support resources to expand on our industry leading technical services. Our ability to train, deliver post processors, and field support calls will be ramped up even further with the new personnel joining our team.”

Shopware’s reputation in servicing and growing the Mastercam footprint in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa is what led former owner Randy Maynard to go with Shopware. Randy believes that after 21 years of owning CAD/CAM Technologies, that this is a positive move for his customer base because of their trustworthy service, years in the Mastercam business, and their vast territory reach. “Over all the years our mission has remained the same, and that is to provide the right software solutions, and combine it with the highest level of training and technical support to our family of users. Joining the Shopware team is the perfect continuation of that mission.”

About Shopware

Founded in 1992, Shopware is a Value-Added-Reseller of industry-leading solutions for manufacturing. The company’s experienced team of industry professionals offer real-world, hands-on expertise in implementing a wide variety of solutions, including the full suite of MASTERCAM software products, and ProShop ERP. Shopware provides MASTERCAM and ProShop training, installation, support and maintenance services.

Do you want to be a Top Shop? Paul Van Metre, co-founder of ProShop Software and former owner of a top CNC shop, explains how you can transform your business using a System to turn your business into a Franchise Model whether or not you want to open additional shops.

A Franchise Model provides predictable consistent value through documentation and order. It allows for the lowest possible level of skill and eliminates tribal knowledge.

Work on your business – not in it.

Shopware attended and exhibited at the inaugural Top Shops Conference in Indianapolis earlier this month. It is put on by magazine publisher and media company Modern Machine Shop. The conference’s focus is to review data from their annual survey (this year 350 shops submitted) and determine what makes a shop a Top Shop. Shops get to see how they stack up to their industry counterparts while seeing the technologies, strategies, and processes that leading companies are applying.

Beyond the survey data and analysis presented by MMS, attendees get to hear speakers and see curated vendors. MMS did a great job of focusing the content and vendors on showcasing leading edge strategy and technology.

Key takeaways:

1. If you have a CNC machine shop you should be at this conference. Not only is the benchmarking important, but you’d be doing your business a disservice if you’re not considering the technology, processes, and strategies that the top shops are using.
2. Cutting tool strategy is a major indicator of shop performance. Top Shops spend more on people, equipment, and tooling – but there is a larger discrepancy in the amount spent on tooling between Top Shops and the rest.
3. The Top Shops report opens with the importance of having an ERP/Shop Management Software. If you can’t understand your costs you can’t possibly hope to be a Top Shop.

The median Top Shop invests:

  • 21% More on its people

  • 31% more on capital equipment

  • 72% more on tooling

It was nice learning that shop management software was even more important for our customers than we even imagined going into the conference.

“ERP has greatly streamlined data collection and increased productivity by 120 percent.”
“Implementing ERP reveals actual costs and revenue where they happen.”

A Top Shop:

  • Makes a greater investment in advanced machine tool technology, other equipment and people

  • To create new processes more capably and efficiently

  • Which leads to stronger financial performance

We are already looking forward to Top Shops 2018, which will take place Sept. 13th at IMTS 2018.
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