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Brown Smith Wallace tax, audit and advisory professionals have extensive experience with a wide variety of manufacturing and distribution businesses. We can help you enhance your ROI, provide tax savings, reduce costs, and improve your business' overall processes and performance. We have hands-on experience in addressing international issues, supply chain management, inventory turn and overall operating costs.

Our professionals focus on helping manufacturers and distributors meet their production and profit goals from increasing efficiency and profitability to ensuring controls and security compliance measures are in place. For more than 25 years, we have published software guides dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution industries. The Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guides provide information on software packages that focus on the unique needs of the distributor and manufacturer. Our Advisory Services team screens the software vendors to identify those that have domain expertise, those with references in distribution and manufacturing, and those within specific vertical markets in the industries.  

In addition to providing traditional tax, accounting and audit services, our manufacturing and distribution industry expertise includes:

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  • For the last five years, Brown Smith Wallace has provided tax, accounting, and consulting services for our family of owners and various corporate entities in the US, Canada and Mexico. The initial transition went smoothly and the assigned team has remained consistent over the years. We can’t say enough about the engagement team. They have strong technical skills, are extremely responsive and very easy to work with. We’re fortunate to work with a firm that takes a strong personal interest in its clients while being dedicated to providing value-added service.

    Beltservice Corporation
    Mike Gray, CFO

  • Brown Smith Wallace is more than just our accounting firm – they have been a trusted business partner for more than 10 years. They have guided us through many changes and significant growth. When we were first purchased by a private equity investor, we needed a firm that could ask the right questions to help guide us through the transition. Brown Smith Wallace earned our respect with that transition and continue to make us think about and consider different aspects of our business decisions; we have good, challenging discussions that ultimately make our business stronger. We have worked with Brown Smith Wallace through 10 bolt-on acquisitions. The firm’s deep manufacturing industry knowledge and buy and sell-side experience makes them an invaluable partner. They also helped us through recapitalization with our second private equity owner and they continue to be our trusted advisor today.

    Control Devices
    Jamie Reuter, CEO

  • Prior to engaging Brown Smith Wallace, we had conversations with several different CPAs, national technology advisors and other IT providers about software selection services. Almost every conversation provided a suggested ERP solution, but only Brown Smith Wallace offered the comprehensive approach that lead to a system selection we never would have originally considered. Their team’s simple and straight-forward approach provided the road map that challenged us to examine our organization and produce the business process maps that lead to documenting our business requirements. This discovery process promoted internal discussion and employee collaboration that helps overcome the reluctance to change. Our manufacturing team requires specific functionality to accommodate specific needs of production, distribution and vessel management. Our goal was to find the right ERP system for our process manufacturing environment, without major modification to the system. Brown Smith Wallace advised and guided us to a successful selection.

    Foam Supplies, Inc.

    Roland Thomas, CFO

  • We have worked with Brown Smith Wallace on numerous valuation engagements over the last several years. As a public company with SEC reporting requirements, it is critical that our service providers provide high quality services in a timely manner. Brown Smith Wallace delivers a high level of client service by being responsive to our questions, adaptive to changing timelines, and providing high quality technical advice and deliverables that meet our requirements.

    Multinational Electrical Equipment and Components Manufacturer
    Public Company
    Doug, Corporate Controller

  • Brown Smith Wallace provides accurate, easy to understand reports to our board of directors and management team. We welcome their independent ideas about operational issues we are having and their thoughts always seem to shine light on areas to focus on in the upcoming fiscal year.

    Robert Family Holdings, Inc.
    CJ Hagemann, Chief Financial Officer

  • I have worked with Brown Smith Wallace for a few years on some of our project audits. They are very client-centered and responsive to all our requests. They work hard to get to a sensible, reasonable technical answer before moving on to the next item. With that approach, they help us get reports out efficiently and on time. They also do a good job of auditing the business as a whole and not just the financial statements. In our meetings, they always seem to bring up a new idea about the business or have some new perspective about a tax issue or an IT issue.

    SunEdison, Inc.

    Brian Williams, Corporate Controller

  • Each year, we seem to come up with a number of accounting and tax challenges the Brown Smith Wallace team resolves without hesitation, meeting the most demanding timelines. As a $60 million organization with no CPA on staff, we’ve come to trust and rely upon Brown Smith Wallace’s breadth and depth of professional services. In the last year they’ve helped us establish an IC-DISC for our export sales, update our foreign entity transfer pricing policy, review our financial statements, help us complete our 2011 tax return and lead us through an IRS audit—which resulted in no fines or additional tax owed – with outstanding leadership, knowledge and diplomacy.

    The Gund Company
    Richard C. Gund, Executive Vice President

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