According to Brooks Tractor’s Controller Mark Pilgrim, “We’ve been on CDK green screen (legacy) system since 1986 and were using CDK payroll, but we had outgrown it. In July 2005 we started using IntelliDealer and switched to the new payroll system in 2011. It was an upgrade for us, and gave us a more intuitive, logical, simple web browser-based DMS.”
Pilgrim says that part of that upgrade included a conversion to CDK’s Payroll Plus, a secure, Internet-based solution to manage and process employee payroll, including tax and withholding calculations, tax payments, automated payments for garnishments, and online employee access to payroll histories. “The entire solution in accessible from the Internet, and it’s secure; so I don’t necessarily have to be in the office, at my desk, to manage ongoing payroll processes. That’s an important factor for us,” he says.
One of the Payroll Plus features that was particularly important to Brooks Tractor was the fact that CDK handles the tax withholding table updates, quarterly tax reports, and W2s. “That saves us a tremendous amount of time and takes out concerns over calculation errors,” says Pilgrim. “It’s something I don’t worry about as much. And if I need a report, it’s just a matter of pointing and clicking. It’s all very logical; it fits together. When we used the old green screens, we would have to know specific codes, but not anymore.”
With Payroll Plus, direct deposit is automatic, which saves a lot of time. We can also give employees online access to their payroll histories, so that prevents a lot of questions especially at year-end.” - Mark Pilgrim
Direct deposit management is easier than ever, too, Pilgrim notes. “It’s quicker, built right into the system. Before, we’d have to download a file, upload it to the bank, etc. With Payroll Plus, direct deposit is automatic, which saves a lot of time. We can also give employees online access to their payroll histories, so that prevents a lot of questions, especially at year-end.” Pilgrim can coordinate 401(k) contributions just as easily, because those reports can be generated through Payroll Plus and with a few tweaks, uploaded to our 401(k) administrator.
Another time saver, Pilgrim says, is the ability to enter service technicians’ time through CDK IntelliTech. “The data comes over automatically, and that used to be a very manual process for us.” He concludes: “I definitely recommend Payroll Plus to other dealerships. You’ll save time and automate a lot of processes. We also really like the reports that are available to us, and it’s much easier to get that data.”
Since 1945, Brooks Tractor has served its Wisconsin-area customers by providing construction equipment cost-effectively. Today, Brooks Tractor is proud of its four locations and equipment lines that include John Deere, Hitachi, Dynapac, and Atlas Copco.