MMPA Members Make Progress on Certification Program During Summer Meeting

August 17th, 2010 by Editor

Members of the Poly Blend Group worked hard on development of a certification program.

Ted Smith, Smith Millwork

Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) members gathered in Asheville, N.C., last week for the group’s 47th Summer Business Meeting. Prior to the meeting, members had the opportunity to attend plant tours at East Coast Mouldings, Stiles Machinery and Weinig USA. Carolina Color Tones also opened its doors to attendees during the event.

“This was one of the better meetings as far as subjects, speakers, and the plant tours go,” says Hal Shackelford of Sherwin Williams. “Attendees were able to see how East Coast Mouldings does things a bit differently than everyone else, and to take a look at the new technology and machines that Weinig and Stiles are offering. All the plant tours, including the one at Carolina Color Tones, gave attendees the opportunity to learn something new and possibly take back and use at their own plant[s].”

The Poly Blend Group is concentrating its efforts on a Product Certification Program. (CLICK HERE for more information.)

“We are working on the first certification program out there, which will involve a standard and a certification program for the poly blend groups,” says Pete Delaney of Omega-Tek Building Products. “We also need to look at interior versus exterior products so companies can choose what path they want to go down for certification. We have an interesting group of members working toward one common goal.”

The meeting offered education tracks for wood, MDF and Poly Blend Moulding manufacturers and also offered MMPA associate members the opportunity to network with the manufacturers. Seminars included The Hardwood Supply Industry, Dust Management, Health Care, Credit Availability, International Affairs and Social Media.

One popular seminar was on the topic of turning your waste into energy. Joe Keilen of Stiles Machinery presented a “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle” strategy as applied to dust management while at the same time optimizing energy efficiency and operating cost.

“Production waste is not a problem, but an opportunity,” said Keilen. “Through dust collection and waste collection the opportunity of turning your scrap material into briquettes presents itself.”

Round table discussions also noted that the trend seems to be toward factory primed mouldings with architects accepting MDF and increasingly requesting prefinished mouldings.

“We accomplished a lot of business with great speakers,” says Ted Smith of Smith Millwork. “I think it’s great that companies can come to together in a bad economy with their peers and competitors to talk about what’s going on in the market as well as share information and ideas on how you may be able to improve your own business.”

“There was good substance in terms of how companies can make money, or save money with very good subjects being presented at the seminars,” adds Shackelford.

Going forward, MMPA will host one meeting per year. The next meeting will be held in March 2011 in Charleston, S.C., and in San Diego, Calif., in March of 2012. MMPA will also hold its Productivity Information Exchange (PIE) event at the Charleston, S.C. location in March 2011.

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