2/12/2009"Ponderosa Named Lumber and Building Materials Preferred Software Vendor by Mid-South Building Materials Dealers Association (MBMDA)"
February 12, 2009 — Computer Associates (CAI) today announced that its Ponderosa Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution for lumber and building material manufacturers and distributors has been designated by the Mid-South Building Materials Association (MBMDA) as the preferred software for the association’s more than 300 independently owned building material dealers and associated enterprises. The MBMDA (www.mbmda.com) is the fastest growing trade association in the U.S.

Bob Hellenthal, Executive Director of the MBMDA said, “A major objective of the MBMDA is to provide our members with access to the very best equipment, software and services that can help them thrive in the market. We’ve enjoyed a close working relationship with the good people behind the Ponderosa solution and they’ve demonstrated, time and time again, a keen understanding of the challenges that each of our members face. Due to their ongoing commitment to the MBMDA, we are pleased to designate Ponderosa as the preferred vendor of LBM and millwork manufacturing and distribution software and we encourage our membership to explore the benefits of a partnership with them,” Hellenthal added.

“Ponderosa has been an active and involved member of the Mid-South Building Materials Association for more than four years,” said Jim McCooey, president of Computer Associates, Inc. “During this time, we’ve had the opportunity to meet many of the association’s members and listen to their concerns about how they can reduce their operating costs and grow their business during this difficult and unprecedented stretch in the economy. We look forward to continuing to consult with our friends in the MBMDA on industry best practices and to provide state-of-the-art software solutions that help them operate more efficiently and profitably.”


Formerly known as the Mississippi Building Material Dealers Association, the MBMDA was established in 1924 to serve as an advocate for independent building material dealers and associated businesses in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. With the efforts of each of its members, the MBMDA has improved business practices in the industry and gained a better understanding of its goals to serve its member companies in a more profitable manner.

Ponderosa ERP Software for LBM and Millwork Distributors

Available for manufacturers and distributors of lumber, building materials and millwork, Ponderosa is contemporary, Windows-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that enhances productivity, improves margins, reduces costs and maximizes the service level that you provide to your customers. Ponderosa’s fully integrated inventory, production, delivery, service, and accounting modules help you automate processes, manage your operations more efficiently and make the most informed business decisions. Ponderosa can be implemented on-site (server-based) or as an on-demand, web-based (Software-as-a-Service) application hosted at Computer Associates’ secure data center.

About Computer Associates

Headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Computer Associates (CAI) is a business consulting and software development company with over 30 years of experience in providing professional services and products across a broad spectrum of commercial and industrial environments. CAI has worked closely with many leading companies to apply advanced, industry-specific software concepts and technology innovations that enhance our client’s business performance and profitability. With over fifty hardware and software certified professionals on staff, Computer Associates maintains a broad library of Windows 2003 and Windows 2008-based software in support of its vertical business segments.