The Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) will hold its fall plant tours and education program September 10-14 in Sacramento, Calif., and the organization is encouraging suppliers, retail distributors and manufacturers in the industry to attend  — particularly if they work in management.

Bob Goin.

“We’re going to be focused on that plant manager or operational-type personnel,” said Bob Goin, a technical sales representative-industrial wood with Axalta Coating Systems who serves as the spokesperson for the plant tours. “Basically, what we’re re-doing is focusing on some of the key manufacturers out here.”

The event begins on Sunday, September 10 with two optional activities — a golf outing or a day shooting sporting clays. Then, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., registration will be held at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown Arena.

On Monday, September 11, attendees will tour a nearby Masonite facility and the El and El Wood Products plant. After lunch, attendees will gather for the first of the week’s productivity information exchanges. In these sessions, attendees will be given a private educational consultation with a vendor based on topics they’ve expressed interest in.

“This is a major networking opportunity,” said Goin. “They’ll be looking for ideas and maybe some informational exchanges to help these guys in the long run.”

Later that day, David Stallcop from Universal Forest Products will present his keynote address, “Wood Products Innovation in the Global Marketplace.” Stallcop’s session will be followed by a tabletop reception.

On Tuesday, September 12, the MMPA tour moves to the OrePac Building Products plant. After another productivity information exchanges, there will be an educational session on planning for the loss of key managerial and technical talent within an organization. That will be followed by another tabletop reception.

On Wednesday, September 13, an industry roundtable breakfast will be held at the headquarters hotel. After another round of productivity information exchanges, attendees will depart for  Anderson and Redding, Calif., to tour Sierra Pacific’s facilities in that area. It’s about 2.5 hours north of Sacramento. Separate hotel reservations are required, and attendees must secure these on their own. Attendees must also set up their own travel for this part of the event.

On Thursday, September 14, attendees will spend the day touring Sierra Pacific’s plants and forestlands in Northern California.

Goin says this year’s MMPA plant tours will be a deeply educational event.

“We’ve got plant managers and operational personnel, and they’re going to have a chance to look at different manufacturing techniques, so hopefully some cross-pollination will be going on,” he said. “The MMPA is an outstanding group to belong to. It’s going to be a packed, well-attended meeting, and we’re just excited to get this thing going.”

For more information and to register, follow this link.

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