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Date Posted: 4/9/2003

Made2Manage Systems Announces 2003 Summit Award Winners

und Industrial Optics Recognized for Innovative Use of the Made2Manage(R) Enterprise Business System

INDIANAPOLIS, April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Made2Manage Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: MTMS - News), a leading provider of enterprise software for small and midsize manufacturers and distributors with revenues of less than $250 million, today announced the winners of its 2003 Summit Awards. The Summit Awards are given annually to Made2Manage customers who demonstrate excellence and innovation in their use of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System.

"Made2Manage is proud to recognize the achievements of our 2003 Summit Award winners," said Dave Wortman, CEO of Made2Manage Systems. "These awards validate the return on investment that small and midsize manufacturers can achieve utilizing comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise-class software and celebrate the benefits garnered from embracing and mastering new technologies. We are pleased these companies chose the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System as their foundation for success."

The Summit Awards comprise three distinct honors: the Transformation Award, Best Use of an Individual Made2Manage Application, and Best Overall Use of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System. Made2Manage Systems presented the 2003 Summit Awards to four customers: Admanco Inc., American Tank & Fabricating, Kardex Systems, and Edmund Industrial Optics. The Summit Award recipients were honored last night at the company's annual users conference in downtown Indianapolis.

The Transformation Award

The Transformation Award is typically presented to a new Made2Manage customer that has been able to either reinvent its business or rapidly reach the Made2Manage Time2Value® return on investment phase during the implementation process. The award recognizes the immediate business improvements and revolutionary changes new customers can achieve by implementing the Made2Manage system, such as improved customer service, new revenue sources, production efficiency, time savings and increased sales.

Admanco Incorporated, based in Ripon, Wis., received the 2003 Transformation Award. Admanco is a leading manufacturer of personalized cloth promotional products, including cloth tote bags, heavy-duty duffel bags, suede briefcases, towels, and a select line of insulated Coleman products distributed exclusively by Admanco.

Best Use of an Individual Made2Manage Application

The Best Use of an Individual Made2Manage Application award celebrates specific applications within the Made2Manage product suite and demonstrates the positive impact they have on the business-critical goals of manufacturing operations. Award recipients show significant business improvements as a result of implementing one of the following Made2Manage applications: Enterprise Resource Planning (M2M(TM) ERP), Supply Chain Management (M2M SCM), Customer Relationship Management (M2M CRM), Business Intelligence (M2M BI), Business Collaboration (M2M VIP), or Business-to-Business Enterprise Integration (M2M Link). Recipients also show either qualitative or quantitative data that illustrates how the Made2Manage application has had a positive impact on business operations.

Cleveland-based American Tank & Fabricating received the 2003 Best Use of an Individual Made2Manage Application award for maximizing M2M CRM. American Tank specializes in the largest, most difficult, made-to-order steel fabrication projects, and manufactures components and parts for pressure vessels, magnesium melting crucibles, and nuclear material handling containers. Kardex Systems, located in Marietta, Ohio, also received the 2003 Best Use of an Individual Made2Manage Application award for the business improvements it achieved using M2M ERP. Kardex serves Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, and each of the "Big Three" auto manufacturers, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy. Its products range from paper file folders to sophisticated steel file cabinets with automated retrieval systems. The company also manufactures material handling systems for factories and a line of cabinets for orderly storage and retrieval of household kitchen items.

Best Overall Use of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System

The Best Overall Use of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System award is given to a Made2Manage Systems customer that has demonstrated excellence in utilizing multiple applications of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System. Recipients of the award demonstrate both qualitative and quantitative data that illustrates how the Made2Manage product suite has improved the customer's overall business performance. Award recipients also display steady business growth, a strong return on investment, and a passion for implementing and mastering new technologies.

Wortman honored Edmund Industrial Optics, based in Barrington, N.J., with the 2003 Best Overall Use of the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System award. Edmund manufactures high-quality industrial optics lenses, ranging from the simplest designs to the most complex customized optical coatings. With eight global locations, the company manufactures and distributes more than 7,000 optical components, supplies and assemblies, as well as complex vision systems used for quality inspection and high-speed production application.

About Made2Manage Systems Inc.

Made2Manage Systems delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise business system designed specifically for the unique needs of small and midsize manufacturers and distributors. The enterprise solution addresses the most critical business processes facing small and midsize manufacturers and distributors, creating a system that requires minimal customization and administration. Utilizing Microsoft technology, the end-to-end solution guarantees Made2Manage customers get their businesses online and working efficiently as quickly as possible, helping them to compete effectively against growing global competition. With more than 25,000 licensed users, Made2Manage works with leading suppliers behind some of the nation's biggest brand names. Visit the Made2Manage Systems Web site at Made2Manage Systems can be reached via e-mail at or by calling (800) 626-0220.

Source: Made2Manage Systems Inc.

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