MMPA Opens up First-Ever Event with Great SuccessSeptember 26th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
The Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) invited members of the moulding industry, in addition to association members, to attend its first-ever MMPA Industry Wide Limited Moulding and Millwork Event. The meeting was held September 9-11, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif., and approximately 95 producers and distributors were in attendance.
In fact, Kellie Schroeder, MMPA executive director, says the association had targeted no more than 100 paying attendees to tour the plants “as you can only get so many people through a plant in an hour. To have more attendees would put a burden on the facilities opening their doors to us by disrupting production at a greater cost than what they had agreed to incur at the onset,” she says.
It was such a success that the MMPA will likely continue the event in future years. Tom Williams Jr., Yuba River Moulding and Millwork, and a member of the MMPA event planning committee, reports that the association will look at hosting the event on a yearly or biennial basis.
“This was a successful event and something that we have started building a foundation on and something that will gain momentum as we go forward,” says Williams.
The plant tours were of particular interest and Northern California was chosen due to its unique concentration of millwork producers. Attendees toured Setzer Forest Products in Sacramento, Yuba River Moulding and Millwork in Marysville, Pacific MDF Products in Rocklin, Sierra Pacific Sawmill in Lincoln and Sunset Moulding Company in Live Oak and Chico.
“Several of the producers brought some of their production personnel which allowed them to tour other facilities and the opportunity to share ideas during the commute,” says Al Delbridge, ECMD, and also a member of the MMPA committee. “Several distributors found it important to visit their supplier base.”
From industry veterans to those new in the industry there was valuable information for everyone.
“It was interesting to see that while we all make the same product there are a lot of different ways to get to the end product,” says Craig Young, TLC Mouldings. “Manufacturers in different parts of the country all face different obstacles. It was interesting to hear how different companies adjusted to the recession.”