The Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) will host its 51st Annual Business Meeting in Savanah, Ga., at the Mansion in Forsyth Park. MMPA has released of preview of its educational lineup for the event to be held this April.

Speakers will include Urs Buehlmann, associate professor at Virginia Tech’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. Buehlmann focuses on the impact of foreign competition on the wood products industry and the interrelationship of the U.S. housing market and wood industry, according to MMPA. Additionally, Delton Alderman, Ph.D., research scientist for USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory will speak. MMPA says his research interests include marketing strategies for hardwood companies, consumer perceptions of hardwoods and U.S. and international housing markets, among others. Finally, MMPA has announced speaker Al Schuler, Ph.D., a retired research economist for USDA Forest Service, Princeton Research Laboratory. While at the USDA Forest Service, Schuler studied the impact of the economy, globalization, technological change and demographics on solid wood product markets, according to the association.

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