The Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) will hold its fall plant tours and education program in Oregon in September, and the organization is encouraging retail distributors, suppliers and manufacturers in the industry to attend.

Bob Goin.
Bob Goin.

“It’s a highly rated, popular program for us,” said Kellie Schroeder, the CEO of the MMPA. “It’s a good mixture of business, learning and pleasure. It’s peer learning and peer networking.”

“This event creates a tremendous opportunity to be exposed to a diverse group of manufacturers, people and products that are outside our normal business environment,” said Bob Goin of Valspar, who serves as the spokesperson for the plant tours. “For me, it’s the opportunity of networking with people both inside and out of our industry. Joining an association like the MMPA is a great opportunity to not only get involved but make an impact in our industry.”

The program runs September 11-14, 2016 and spans multiple locations. The networking and educational events begin in Madras, Ore., and wrap up in Corvallis, Ore. Attendees will stay at the Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, Ore.,  from September 10-14, then the Hilton Garden Inn in Corvallis, Ore., September 14-15.

The program begins on September 11 with a fly casting tournament and golf outing, followed by a tabletop networking welcome reception. On September 12, the plant tours begin at Bright Wood Corp., which will provide a rare, in-depth look at the facilities of an industry leader.

“The Bright Wood tour will be three-plus hours,” Schroeder said. “It’s an extremely large footprint with highly optimized equipment.”

Next, the tour moves to Warm Springs Composite Product, where attendees will see how a composite substrate is manufactured. The day wraps up at Keith Manufacturing, which makes specialized material handling equipment.

September 13 is Education Day. The morning leads off with the Productivity Information Exchange (PIE), followed by a luncheon program featuring keynote Laurie Schimleck, who heads up  the Wood Science and Engineering department at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. She’ll discuss the state of the wood products industry, touching on the supply of renewable resources and forecasting the future of skilled labor and management coming into the industry.  The afternoon is highlighted by Kellye Wise of Roseburg Forest Products, who’ll discuss workforce issues, and Tom Wix of National Accreditation & Management Institute (NAMI), who’ll give a presentation on fire-rated frames. The education sessions wrap up with a panel on trends in technology.

Another tabletop networking sessions closes out Education Day.

On September 14, attendees will tour Oregon State University. The visit to the campus in Corvallis will include a visit to OSU’s 11,500-acre managed forest, which is used for research, teaching demonstrations and recreation.  There will also be a tour of OSU’s Wood Science and Engineering labs.

Registration for the MMPA fall plant tours is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register as an attendee or exhibitor, send an inquiry to info@wmmpa.com.

 

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