May 31, 2005 15:28 ET

NetIDEAS Selected by Char-Broil to Host Global Windchill PLM System

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 -- NetIDEAS Inc. (NetIDEAS) is pleased to announce a new two-year hosting agreement with Char-Broil to host their Global Windchill® Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) System. Leveraging NetIDEAS deployment and PLM expertise, Char-Broil is well positioned to continue their evolution from a vertically integrated manufacturer into one that leverages outsourced manufacturing partners world-wide. Char-Broil has already been in the NetIDEAS on demand hosting center for over two years using PTC's Windchill ProjectLink™ and felt it was a logical next step to add the integral Windchill PDMLink™ solution with their recent business directive.

Char-Broil's outsourced manufacturing suppliers are predominately located in China. "Moving to the outsourced manufacturing model offers numerous challenges, technical and business related, that require us to maintain tight control of product data while at the same time enabling a responsive product development process," said Danny Mitchell, VP of Sourced Grills at Char-Broil. "Developing our grills collaboratively with our suppliers and then being able to source the production anywhere will benefit our customers by enabling the delivery of maximum value product at the lowest possible cost," said Mitchell.

Windchill PDMLink, developed by PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC), is a product data management solution that will be used to control project and product data throughout the lifecycle of Char-Broil's numerous grill lines. Windchill ProjectLink, also developed by PTC, creates a virtual workspace that becomes the central access point for projects, from design collaboration to engineering change. By providing team members with access to the right information at the right time, teams keep moving quickly, in the same direction. "Char-Broil has recognized the opportunities inherent in global product development," said Lee Garf, VP Windchill ProjectLink at PTC. "At PTC, we're excited to continue our support of Char-Broil, particularly given the distributed design process and challenging engineering requirements. This hosted solution is perfect for engineering teams like Char-Broil who routinely face the challenges of global product development and sourcing."

"These Product Lifecycle Management systems will bring significant competitive advantages to our customers. We expect to improve customer service by enhancing product quality and extending our market leadership in warranty support," said Alex Gafford, VP of Engineering, Char-Broil. "With NetIDEAS hosting both Windchill ProjectLink and PDMLink solutions, we can optimize our product development process regardless of our location. Using PTC's Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire™ 2.0 design and analysis software makes this even easier because it is all integrated together," said Gafford.

NetIDEAS' approach to hosting Windchill® solutions, "Think Big... Start Small... Scale instantly...(SM)" combines years of project collaboration and product lifecycle management expertise with enterprise hosting experience to provide customers with a total solution that is quickly deployed and supported. "It was an easy decision to grow our relationship with NetIDEAS because of their expertise with Windchill products, the security and availability of their deployment, and their 24 x 7 x 365 support capabilities. Our teams can focus on their job while NetIDEAS takes care of the system for us," said Jim Poole, CIO of W.C. Bradley, parent company to Char-Broil. "We think growing our relationship with NetIDEAS gives us the best ROI for this initiative and reduces our risk tremendously."

"Char-Broil's continued relationship with NetIDEAS further validates our ability to provide mature on demand services for Windchill Solutions that increase our customers' competitiveness and lowers their total cost-of-ownership," said Steve Bruneau, VP of Commercial Markets, NetIDEAS. "We look forward to being in lock step with Char-Broil throughout their business transition and beyond."

About Char-Broil

Char-Broil, "The Keeper of the Flame," is the flagship company in the W.C. Bradley Home Leisure Group, which also owns New Braunfels Smokers, Lamplight Farms, Zebco, and Bradley Direct. They are the world's leader in gas, charcoal, and electric grills as well as other outdoor cooking products, available at leading retailers everywhere. Further information on Char-Broil is available at or by calling 1-800-241-7548 in the U.S.

About NetIDEAS, Inc.

NetIDEAS Inc. specializes in delivering collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions as a premier Application Service Provider (ASP). The solutions are targeted for product- and project-based organizations needing to implement turnkey on demand applications that support their complex, dynamic product development and life cycle requirements. Further information on NetIDEAS is available at or by calling 1-856-914-9426.

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