"We have been extremely pleased with the results we have already seen since we implemented the FMS service," said Wayne Johnson, Director of Logistics for American Gypsum. "Because the FMS service provides us with proactive information about our shipments, we are better able to coordinate our transportation and production schedules. We anticipate that because of the increased predictability of rail transit times, and decreased average cycle times, we will be able to ship more product by rail which provides operational and financial benefits."
Prior to implementing the ShipperConnect FMS services, American Gypsum relied on a system that was not accessible through the Internet, provided limited reporting capability, and relied on outdated car movement data. FMS is updated multiple times each hour with the most current car movement data available from more than 300 railroads in North America.
"American Gypsum is a rapidly growing company, and we look forward to working closely with them to realize the full benefits of our services," said Paul Pascutti, Vice President, Marketing for RMI. "We plan to fully integrate the data from American Gypsum's Order Entry System with FMS later this year to provide them with even greater inventory control."
RMI is the largest independent provider of accurate, reliable, comprehensive and secure rail information services to the transportation industry. Founded in 1979, RMI is recognized primarily for its in-depth knowledge of rail operations and a proven ability to translate complex business processes into valuable management information services. Currently, RMI processes approximately five million carloads annually for railroads, rail shippers and railcar owners. RMI's services are accessed via the Internet through RailConnect, RMI's web-based portal. RailConnect offers an integrated suite of proprietary information services, which are used to manage rail operations, improve customer service and reduce costs. Services include transportation, revenue, equipment, shipper freight and fleet management services and related executive information systems. RMI is an independent, privately owned company based in Atlanta.
About American Gypsum
American Gypsum is presently the nation's 5th largest producer of gypsum wallboard. American Gypsum operates 4 gypsum plants with 5 production lines and annually sells nearly 3 billion square feet of wallboard. Through its subsidiaries, Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard and Concrete and Aggregates.