Volume 11, Issue 5 - June 2010

Moulding the Future

Achieving Excellence in Moulding Manufacturing
by Kellie A. Schroeder, CMP, CAE

In August, the Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) will stage its 47th summer business meeting with the added flair of a Plant Tour Education Day in North Carolina. Today’s business climate demands moulding manufacturers achieve excellence in production each day by optimizing their production lines to increase their bottom lines. The MMPA continues to focus on assisting manufacturers in obtaining the information and tools they require to be competitive in today’s millwork market. The program outlined for North Carolina will build on this premise.

Suppliers Open Their Doors
Stiles Machinery, WoodEye North America and Michael Weinig Inc. are opening their doors to the MMPA for a day of education. WoodEye North America will have its equipment set within the Stiles Machinery facility for the plant tours. Stiles and Weinig also have dedicated four hours on Monday, August 9, to manufacturers and their questions or inquiries. Plant tour attendees will be able to see, feel and touch the equipment of interest to them, and then have their questions answered as to how each piece of equipment may fit within their current operations.

As an added bonus, all three suppliers will round out the tours by inviting other suppliers to the moulding industry to have informational tabletops set up at their locations to further answer attendee questions.

Why is this plant tour education day different from others manufacturers may have attended in the past? As attendees explore the possibilities of finishing equipment, Hal Shackelford of Sherwin-Williams Co. will be onsite to answer performance coating questions as it applies to the equipment lending his expertise to the presentation. This format is a take on the association’s Productivity Information Exchange (PIE) formula of experts presenting with experts. (The next PIE event—a personal education day for manufacturers designed by each attendee—will take place on the Isle of Palms, S.C., in March 2011. Watch the MMPA website calendar of events page for details at www.wmmpa.com.)

For those traveling with spouses, a separate program has been outlined during the Stiles/Weinig tours to keep them engaged. Spouses will enjoy a visit to the Bob Timberlake Gallery followed by a lunch and wine tasting tour of Childress Winery.


"This format is a take on the association’s Productivity Information
Exchange (PIE) formula of experts presenting with experts.

The second day of the program will bring the group to East Coast Moulding Co.’ s facility in Wilkesboro, N.C. East Coast Moulding will tour the group through the facility, ending midday with a lunch. From there, a golf and spa afternoon has been set up at Rock Barn Country Club & Spa in Conover, N.C. Those desiring to play on the Robert Trent Jones Championship Course will tee off at 1:30 p.m. Spouses may make advance spa appointments for an afternoon of pampering if they choosenot to golf.

Down to MMPA Business
The group then will make its way to the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., for the MMPA’s 47th summer business meeting taking place August 11-14. Highlighted session topics will include: Code Compliance Research Report for Poly Manufacturers; Product Certification Program for Poly Manufacturers; Dust Management; Briquetting Systems; Finishing; Leasing Equipment in Today’s Economy; A Look at the Hardwood Market and Industry; Key Provisions of the New Hire Act and Healthcare Reform Act; and the Climate in Commercial Banking. Of course, the MMPA’s summer program will feature spousal activities along with other optional activities interspersed with the educational sessions.

The MMPA is a trade association for manufacturers of wood, MDF and PVC/Poly Blend mouldings and millwork. Non-members may register to attend the plant tour education day and the Summer Business Meeting. For more information, please contact the MMPA office at 530/ 661-9591 or visit www.wmmpa.com.

Kellie Schroeder, CMP, CAE, is executive vice president of the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association. She may be reached at kelli@wmmpa.com. Her opinions are solely her own and do not necessarily reflect those of this magazine.


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