New Alliance Offers Home Builders Speed and Flexibility by Connecting Sales, Option Selection, and Operational Processes Using

  New Alliance Offers Home Builders Speed and Flexibility by Connecting Sales,
  Option Selection, and Operational Processes Using 3D CAD in a BIM-Based

  BuilderMT, CG Visions, ITW Building Components Group, and Sales Simplicity
          Links Design, Sales, Estimating, Scheduling and Operations

International Builders' Show 2013

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 16, 2013

Sales Simplicity ITW Instinct (NYSE: ITW), CG Visions, and BuilderMT announced
today that they have allied and pre-integrated the workflow management, sales
management, and design features of their award-winning software products.

The combined capability that results from this alliance – which includes BIM,
CAD, CRM, and operational workflow – provides homebuilders with the remarkable
ability to tie BIM and CAD home-design files directly to sales, estimating,
and accounting, as well as to purchasing, work orders, and scheduling systems.

The breakthrough result of this alliance is that homebuilders can now
construct custom or semi-custom homes at production speeds, with the costs and
predictability typically associated with production homebuilding.

Demonstrations of the dazzling capabilities of this combined effort will be
offered at IBS 2013, in booths 2849, 2649, 2749, and 2852, which are all
connected to one another.

“It is clear that homebuilders are faced with managing an ever-increasing
level of complexity and that they need a more comprehensive solution that
links all of the information in the designing and building of their homes. Our
combined system is designed to better ensure that they can make a profit on
any home,” the companies said in a joint statement. “By linking the sales
process, option-selection system, workflow management tools and 3D
architectural software in a comprehensive BIM solution, we offer builders the
ability to dynamically link any option-configured home plan directly to
estimating and purchasing. This allows builders to quickly and accurately
estimate the lot-specific costs – and the individual cycle times – for custom
and semi-custom homes.”

This idea of custom-production building is so hot in the new home building
market that these allied companies will be offering an official NAHB
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) at IBS 2013 on just this topic, in booth
C2649, once a day at 1pm. The CEU is entitled: “A Production Builders’ Guide
for Using a Digital Workflow & Smart 3D CAD.” The CEU is listed on the IBS web
site and it was recently featured in Builder magazine (page 76).

“In today’s market, the custom and semi-custom home builder has to compete on
many levels,” the companies added. “Extremely accurate cost and time
predictions are the ultimate business advantage that our systems can provide
to builders. We are always working on new and innovative ways for building
professionals to work smarter. That’s what this alliance of award-winning
software companies is offering at IBS 2013 and beyond.”

About BuilderMT

For the home building industry at large, BuilderMT
provideshighly-customizable workflow and building-process-management software
thatworks in tandem with leading accounting systems and otherwireless and
jobsiteproductivity tools, such as CRM and warranty management. For 15 years,
BuilderMT systems have beenpurchased by nearly 900 homebuilders and
cumulatively used as adesktop workflow tool by upwards of ten thousand home
building professionals. BuilderMT is widely recognized as a leader
inprocess-driven, best-building-practices for homebuilders, as well as
customer service, warranty applications, online training and innovative
wireless applications. To learn more, visit, or call (888)
757-1991 ext. 271.

About CG Visions

CG Visions has provided BIM services and productivity tools to the residential
construction industry for the past 13 years. Recognized by industry pundits as
an award winning company, CG Visions is the leading provider of turn-key
outsourced CAD and “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) solutions
implementation and consulting. CG Visions is also the developer of “BIM
Pipeline.” Built with a specific focus on how a residential builder operates,
while providing the critical estimation bridge between various BIM software
tools and back-office management systems. To Learn more, visit or call (888) 988-4BIM.

About ITW Building Components Group

Innovative software, equipment, connector plate and construction hardware from
ITW Building Components Group allow our customers to manufacture and sell the
finest wood and steel roof / floor trusses and wall panels available in North
America. Our award winning BIM software, VisionREZ, is part of the Instinct -
Residential Design System that progressive builders use to streamline the
entire building process.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) is a diversified manufacturer of advanced
industrial technology with 100 years of history. Our 825 decentralized
businesses in 57 countries employ nearly 61,000 people who are all focused on
creating value-added products and innovative customer solutions.

About Sales Simplicity

Sales Simplicity Software is the creator and marketer of leading Sales
Automation, Content Management, Lead Management, eMarketing and Reporting
Management tools for: new single-family, semi-custom and custom homes; condo,
multi-family and senior living providers; developers and new-home realtors;
and apartment sales and rental agents.


Media contact for ITW Building Components Group:
Mark Sedar, 775-825-0531
Media contact for BuilderMT, Sales Simplicity, and CG Visions:
John D. Wagner, 919-796-9984
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