Plexus Online On-Demand Software Enters Food Manufacturing Industry with New Client Cuisine Solutions, Inc.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 19 -- Plexus Systems, Inc., providers of Plexus Online on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, today announced that Cuisine Solutions, Inc., a premium frozen food manufacturer, is the first food customer to implement Plexus Online to manage its operations under one fully integrated technology solution.

Cuisine Solutions began the search for an on-demand ERP solution earlier this year. It selected Plexus after searching bundled point solutions in the food and beverage industry. Plexus Online contains 350 unique business modules and is multi-lingual. Cuisine Solutions management felt the system offered many advantages toward operating efficiencies, improved customer communications, better internal control and flexibility for their expanding operations, particularly since the system is uniquely scalable as the business grows.

Notes Mark Symonds, CEO, Plexus Systems, Inc., "Cuisine Solutions wanted to modernize its operations with a rapid payback solution while focusing on improving service to its customers The implementation of Plexus Online globally for all Cuisine Solution divisions will drive improved performance of the organization and the bottom line. This will allow the company to further streamline internal processes, improve inventory control, and focus on distribution enhancements with better traceability."

Adds Ron Zilkowski, Chief Financial Officer, Cuisine Solutions, Inc., "Plexus provides the tools we need to maximize our recent expansion and support our aggressive growth objectives. The flexibility of the system and the robustness of the production modules will allow us to strengthen our business process with minimal interruption to our day to day operations. This on-demand solution provides the company a top tier ERP product with nearly immediate payback."

Plexus Online is an on-demand solution, building on the "software as a service" model. Plexus Online offers over 350 functional modules, providing companies instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple web browser. The on-demand solution features enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance modules, customer relationship management (CRM) features such as order entry and tracking, manufacturing execution systems (MES) functions such as production scheduling and machine integration, and supply chain management (SCM) functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

About Plexus Systems

Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online(TM) is a true on-demand manufacturing performance system, delivering a powerful, real-time interface to integrate and manage the total manufacturing enterprise. Plexus Systems originated internally at a manufacturing company, and was designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online also enables businesses to manage accounting, financials, compliance and human resources and other top priorities. Plexus Systems serves a cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies headquartered in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Plexus Systems has partnered with Apax Partners (www.apax.com), one of the world's leading global private equity groups, to drive global expansion and further strengthen the company's products, services and market position. Apax Partners operates across the US, Europe and Asia and has more than $20 billion in funds under management and advice. In 2006, funds advised by Apax made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus. Visit www.plex.com for more information.

About Cuisine Solutions

Cuisine Solutions' premium, fully cooked, frozen entrees, sides, desserts and sauces are sold in retail stores as well as to hotels, convention centers, sporting venues, first class on airlines, trains and ships, national restaurant chains, the military, and more. Cuisine Solutions motto is to provide exceptional food with ultimate convenience. Cuisine Solutions (AMEX:FZN)(AMEX:-)(AMEX:News) is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit www.cuisinesolutions.com.

CONTACT: Peggy Fenwick, Plexus Systems, Inc., +1-248-391-8000, cell: +1-734-516-6490, pr@plex.com; or Lillian Liu, Cuisine Solutions, Inc., +1-703-270-2918, lliu@cuisinesolutions.com

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