SOURCE: Arena Solutions

May 14, 2008 08:00 ET

American Icon Char-Broil Chooses Arena PLM to Help Introduce the Gas Grill All Over Again

Since 1948, More Americans Have Chosen Char-Broil Gas Grills Than Any Other

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that Char-Broil, the first name in gas grills, has chosen Arena PLM to help provide outdoor chefs with products that meet every cook's style and budget. The company will rely upon Arena PLM to help manage bills of materials (BOMs), automate product change processes and collaborate with its facilities in Asia.

"Innovation, like the recent introduction of infrared grill technology at an affordable price, is a core value at Char-Broil," said Thom Ward, director of marketing for Char-Broil. "Arena PLM's simple to use software will help us create more inspired outdoor products that deliver superior taste, simplicity and efficiency."

Char-Broil considered several vendors to find the PLM software that best met its requirements. The company selected Arena PLM after participating in Arena's "try and buy" program that enables the company to try the software with its own data before buying it. Arena Solutions is unique in allowing organizations like Char-Broil to validate Arena PLM against specific company requirements before making any investment, thus lowering companies' risk to their business. Char-Broil quickly realized Arena PLM is faster, easier and less expensive to deploy than traditional client/server software. Delivered on a world-class, on-demand architecture, Arena PLM lets Char-Broil focus on developing world-class gas grills rather than buying, managing and maintaining expensive IT hardware.

"The entire Arena team is excited to work with such a well-known and successful company as Char-Broil. We are huge fans of its products, and appreciate Char-Broil's drive for innovation and desire to perfect the grilling experience," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer at Arena Solutions. "By using award-winning Arena PLM to manage BOMs and automate change processes, Char-Broil will continue to improve product quality, minimize errors and increase the pace of innovation."

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand (SaaS) product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, collaboration and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start-IT Magazine's "Hottest" Companies and Top 50 Manufacturing Technologies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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