A Data Integration with EFCO Corporation
EFCO Corporation, a Pella Company, is well known for its glass windows, sliding doors and curtain wall systems. The company also manufactures aluminum window units, entrances and storefronts for commercial architectural applications. EFCO’s projects have included historical replication work, custom design work, as well as new construction. The company is headquartered and operates its manufacturing facilities in Monett, Missouri. It has service centers in Springfield, Missouri; Bolingbrook, Illinois; Verona, Virginia; and Henderson, Nevada. George Eberle and William Terry Fuldner founded the company as EFCO Product Company in 1951; it was incorporated as EFCO Corporation in 1953. In 2007, it became a subsidiary of Pella Corporation.
EFCO Corporation’s headquarters in Monett, Missouri support an IT staff of nearly 90 people. EFCO’s IT department is responsible for the company’s major technology systems including software, hardware, network and telephone systems. Part of this responsibility includes managing data traffic between different systems that support EFCO’s analytics, manufacturing/finance and product information. EFCO established various database silos — systems and applications that ran on one particular database — but discovered that there were instances where they needed to source data from a different system in order to answer queries, run reports and still be able to support various business applications involved in their fenestration manufacturing process. In addition, they needed to do this in real-time to support sales, customers and executive management.