TDCI and Therma-Tru Team Up to Offer Industry-Leading Online Exterior Door Quoting Solutions

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TDCI Inc. announced today an expanded alliance with Therma-Tru Doors. With this alliance, TDCI and Therma-Tru will make available web-based exterior door configuration and pricing solutions based on TDCI’s BuyDesign Product Configurator and Guided Selling software to Therma-Tru’s network of door fabricators. Door fabricators use these solutions to offer online quoting capabilities to their respective dealers and customers.

TDCI Inc. (TDCI), the leading provider of configurator-based software solutions, announced today an expanded alliance with Therma-Tru Doors (Therma-Tru), the nation's leading manufacturer of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. With this alliance, TDCI and Therma-Tru will make available web-based exterior door configuration and pricing solutions based on TDCI’s BuyDesign Product Configurator and Guided Selling software to Therma-Tru’s network of door fabricators. Door fabricators use these solutions to offer online quoting capabilities to their respective dealers and customers.

BuyDesign is a comprehensive solution suite developed to streamline the sales process for customized products. BuyDesign helps companies that manufacture products with a wide range of features, options, and dimensions increase sales by becoming ‘easy to do business with’ while at the same time reducing order processing time, cost, and errors.

Therma-Tru already offers channel partners a hosted online door system configuration and pricing solution based on a subset of BuyDesign capabilities branded as “TTQ”. With the new Therma-Tru/TDCI relationship, Therma-Tru door fabricators can now license the full BuyDesign solution from TDCI for installation at their own site or hosted by TDCI, and receive much of the same Therma-Tru product model content as those using TTQ. This enables those companies to expand their use of BuyDesign to include a broader range of components and products, and to integrate the system with their own back-end business systems.

“Our over-riding objective is to make door systems easy for our channel partners to buy and easy for our fabrication partners to sell,” said Paul Mihm, Therma-Tru VP of Sales. “We recognized some time ago that online configuration and quoting tools are essential to making this happen, which is why we worked with TDCI to develop and deliver TTQ. This toolset has been well received by our fabricators and their dealers. Some have asked if they can expand their use of it into other areas. This new relationship with TDCI will make that easy for them to do.”

One door fabricator that is already implementing full BuyDesign after seeing the advantages of an online configuration and quoting system is Pittsburg-based BenBilt Building Systems. JJ Bennett, a BenBilt Executive, said: “We needed an on-line tool that would enable our customers to create accurate quotes and place orders at times that were convenient to their schedules. We were impressed with what we could do with Therma-Tru’s tools and wanted to do even more. We are making the move to the full BuyDesign solution because it has the flexibility to handle the wide range of door systems we build, and because it automates generation of the detailed bills of materials we require in the fabrication process. It also enables us to make the quoting and ordering process intuitive and visual, which is important to our customers.” TDCI is now working with BenBilt to integrate BuyDesign with their business system so that orders are automatically passed from BuyDesign to eliminate the need for manual order entry.
Dan DeMuth, TDCI President added: “We have a long and successful working relationship with Therma-Tru and many of their channel partners, and we’re very excited about expanding our alliance in a way we feel will benefit all parties, including door fabricators & dealers, Therma-Tru, and TDCI.”

About Therma-Tru Doors
Therma-Tru Doors is the nation's leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. Therma-Tru, headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, is part of leading consumer brands company Fortune Brands Inc. For more information about Therma-Tru Doors, visit http://www.thermatru.com or call (800) 537-8827.

About TDCI and BuyDesign
TDCI (http://www.tdci.com) specializes in helping manufacturers and their distributors streamline the buying process for customized products. TDCI’s BuyDesign® software is a comprehensive web-based product configurator and guided selling solution developed to help companies increase sales by becoming ‘easy to do business with’ while improving profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors. Built using a powerful product configurator, BuyDesign provides modular applications for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing and data generation, consumer interest creation, and more.

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