Volume 12, Issue 4 - May 2011

Moulding the Future

Testing the Future of Poly Mouldings
by Kellie A. Schroeder, CMP, CAE

The Moulding and Millwork Producers Association’s (MMPA) Poly Blends Group began talking about obtaining a Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) in 2009. The painstaking process of reviewing building code requirements along with established testing methods weighted the group’s progress down—impeding forward movement for weeks at a time in some instances. Upon conclusion of the MMPA’s Winter Business Meeting on the Isle of Palms, S.C., in March, the group’s focus switched from talking to action as the final questions and concerns regarding a CCRR were allayed.

Studying the Building Codes
The Poly Group gathered to peruse the building code requirements for interior and exterior mouldings manufactured from PVC, polystyrene, polyurethane, etc., plastic-wrapped wood, cellular plastics and wood plastic composites. The goal set by the group is to write an inclusive CCRR and product certification program that allows for a wide range of poly blend mouldings and millwork. The vision of the Poly Blends Group was to foresee the various types of products that are currently or will be manufactured in the future in order for those products to have a place within the MMPA’s projects.

“Over the past two and a half years the group has met with several building code and product evaluation services to determine the requirements. On March 25, we reached an agreement so we can move forward with a code compliance report on Poly Mouldings for members of MMPA,” says Bob Simon, executive vice president of Gossen Corp. and current MMPA Poly Blends Group chair.

Preparing for Product Testing
The Poly Blends Group agreed to allow each association member company to research its current product testing in place, then contact the MMPA office this month to indicate specific needs for the upcoming testing phase for the CCRR and eventual product certification program.

“Participating manufacturers and their respective products found to be in compliance with established requirements will be recognized in the ATI-ES code compliance research report (CCRR) owned by MMPA,” says Simon.

The Poly Blends Group invites all poly moulding manufacturers interested in participating in the CCRR and product certification program to join the group now for a key benefit. All manufacturers testing together on the front end of this project will receive the initial group testing discount fee schedule being offered by ATI, the lab the Poly Blends Group has chosen to work with on the project. Manufacturers that have tested products in the past know the value of group testing and should not delay in the decision to go forward with the Poly Blends Group.

The Poly Blends Group consists of key poly moulding manufacturers in North America such as: Fypon/Therma Tru; Gossen Corp.; Omega-Tek; Royal Building Products; The Foundry / IQm Trim Board; Timbron International; and Vi-Lux Mouldings.

Questions about how to engage in this process or the pathway chosen for the CCRR and upcoming product certification program may be directed to the MMPA office at 530/661-9591 or by emailing me at kelli@wmmpa.com.

Kellie Schroeder, CMP, CAE, is executive vice president of the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association. Her opinions are solely her own and do not necessarily reflect those of this magazine.


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