West Paw Design in Bozeman, Montana, makers of eco-friendly toys, beds and apparel for four-legged friends, has discovered a dramatic new manufacturing productivity tool – FileMaker Go, the best-selling business database app for iPad and iPhone. FileMaker supports the company’s mission of creating safe, fun and durable products for dogs and cats, while also contributing to the “big picture,” environmentally and economically.
The entire business runs on FileMaker software integrating iPads, desktops and servers. With FileMaker, West Paw manages everything from order entry to purchasing, raw and finished inventory tracking, human resources, overseas tax calculations and shipping. At West Paw’s 31,000-foot production facility, 48 employees provide a potent example of how local manufacturers can thrive in a competitive global economy, supporting President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015. The company exports to 28 countries and continues to grow at more than 10% per year. Montana also deemed West Paw the state’s Exporter of the Year.