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Republic Selects UEC IT to Optimize Order Management Process


UEC IT, a unit of UEC Technologies LLC (UEC) today announced that Republic Engineered Products LLC has selected UEC IT's Order Fulfillment System (UEC OFS) to improve its operating efficiencies. UEC OFS is a metal-specific order management system designed to increase efficiencies in the order-to-cash process. UEC Technologies LLC is a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation.

UEC OFS will replace Republic's current mainframe applications and will offer, in one integrated system, a more efficient and less costly solution to managing critical business processes from customer inquiry to invoice. UEC OFS will serve as the foundation of Republic's information systems as the company moves forward with a best-of-breed strategy for systems development.

"Walls between companies are coming down in a world that demands a seamless supply chain," said Michael J. Bodden, Director of Information Technology, Republic Engineered Products. "With UEC OFS, the flow of information among our facilities will be tightly integrated and we will better connect with our customers and processors."

Republic chose UEC OFS because of the system's value-added functionality designed specifically for the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel, and UEC IT's solid track record in implementing systems in a steel production environment.

"The UEC IT team has excellent knowledge of steel production processes and has successfully integrated UEC OFS to other business systems, such as i2's Factory Planner, that are currently in use at Republic," said Bodden. "The UEC IT team has gained solid credibility with my staff and our key users because they `speak the language' of steel."

UEC IT will employ its proven implementation methodology, beginning with the General Design phase. Upon completion, UEC IT and the Republic project team intend to implement the system at Republic's hot mills in Ohio and New York, as well as in its cold finishing facilities.

"The installation of the UEC OFS system represents another important step in our continual efforts to deliver quality service and control our costs in very competitive marketplace," said Joe Lapinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Republic Engineered Products.

"We are excited to be a part of Republic's efforts to modernize its systems," said John Zambelli, Vice President, UEC IT. "We offer a quality product and I'm confident that our team will deliver the excellent service that our clients have come to expect from us."


UEC IT, the information technology unit of UEC Technologies, is a proven software provider for the steel and related industries. The system solutions are based on UEC IT's expertise in steel manufacturing and processing as well as development and integration of systems in the metals environment. The UEC IT product line includes a powerful order fulfillment system (UEC OFS), supply chain management, e-commerce, business process consulting, and offshore development. For more information call 1-800-842-8877, e-mail, or visit

About Republic Engineered Products LLC

Republic Engineered Products LLC is North America's leading supplier of special bar quality (SBQ) steel, a highly engineered product used in axles, drive shafts, suspension rods and other critical components of automobiles, off-highway vehicles and industrial equipment. With headquarters in Fairlawn, Ohio, the company operates steelmaking centers in Canton and Lorain, Ohio, and value-added rolling and finishing facilities in Canton, Lorain and Massillon, Ohio; Lackawanna, N.Y.; and Gary, Ind. Republic employs approximately 2,400 people.


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