About Nova Dry Kiln LLC
Jack Meredith owns Nova Dry Kiln, LLC, a hidden gem down in Louisville, Kentucky. Nova Dry Kiln makes dry kilns ranging from small to large in size, and they sell their products globally. Competing on the global market is no easy task, so the right ERP system was a necessity for Meredith and his company. “We needed to get a hold of our costs,” said Meredith.
Nova Dry Kiln bought the E2 Shop System back in 2010, which they used to enter orders, create production pieces, calculate costs, and track inventory. While the E2 Pro version was running well for them, they saw an opportunity within the new web-based product, SHOP. They were interested in the ability to access their system anywhere through the internet, as well as the constant updates and backups provided through Shoptech hosting the data through Rackspace.
However, like many other company owners, Meredith had to grapple with the idea of letting his data go to a separate location. “You don’t have to go very far before you read something about or hear something about security,” said Meredith. “But we also recognize that this is the trend and that web-based applications are the future.” Meredith was comforted by his operations manager, Kevin Mudd, who previously worked in IT for a different company. Mudd was comfortable with the security provided by Rackspace, and eventually, Meredith came to the conclusion that hosting the data on-premise had the same level of risk associated with it.