With Global Shop Solutions ERP software as the shop floor controls, information flies through the Allstate Tool Die plant in one connected system that is easily accessible by everyone needing it. Where once ATD was employing dozens of spreadsheets and databases in multiple locations and ports of accessibility, they have seen the intense direct labor costs associated with information management reduced considerably since implementing Global Shop in 2002. "Global Shop has helped us succeed because we are a more cost-effective manufacturer with the software," states IT administrator Ray Almekinder. "This is a result of less maintenance needed on the system due to the fact that it's all in a single-source system. This is really important to us, and I know my job's a lot easier with Global Shop than with what we had before."