Volume 46, Issue 6 - July/August 2007

Moulding the Future
From the WMMPA
by Kellie A. Schroeder, executive vice president of the WMMPA. Ms. Schroeder’s comments are solely her own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

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WMMPA to Meet in Alberta for Summer Meeting

In two months time, moulding and millwork manufacturers will be heading to one of the most beautiful spots in North America. Canada boasts numerous renowned destinations, but this location is truly special. Close your eyes, and then picture a serene lake nestled within the Rocky Mountains with pristine forestlands in all directions. 

Now place a Fairmont resort perched on the edge of the lake, and you have the setting for the Wood Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA) 44th Summer Business Meeting, September 11-15, 2007. And if that wasn’t enough, the WMMPA is encouraging attendees with a bit of time on their hands to arrive in the area three days in advance to stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff for a few days of fun prior to the beginning of the work sessions.

The ideal location for the WMMPA business meeting is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise located in Lake Louise, Alberta. Meeting attendees will fly into Calgary, and then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rocky Mountain Parks. As you enter the park area, you are enveloped in breathtaking scenery and animal wildlife. Both Fairmont hotels, Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs, are located within the park’s footprint. Speaking of footprints, attendees are cautioned to watch out for elk, moose and bear while exploring the Lake Louise and Banff area. 

Banff will provide attendees with artisan shopping, local restaurants and nightlife. Lake Louise will provide attendees a place to be still while enjoying the natural beauty of the mountainous region or for the adventurous, a place to hike, bike, horseback ride, fly fish, ATV ride and commune with wildlife. Better still, the WMMPA has set up canoe races one afternoon for those who want to paddle out onto the infamous Lake Louise. 

Networking Potential
Optional activities always provide an opportunity to network, and that is why the business meeting will kick off with a Wednesday morning golf scramble. The Banff Springs Golf Course, which winds its way along the Bow River will challenge and thrill players. Early Wednesday evening, attendees will be given the opportunity to meet new and prospective members.

Thursday and Friday offer two days of solid information for manufacturers of wood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and poly blend moulding and millwork. The educational sessions will run the gamut from Global Data Synchronization Network measurement packaging rules to distribution to information technology to the current market with consideration given to the consolidating manufacturing scene to steps to securing a drug-free workplace. 

The speaker list includes familiar names most industry attendees will recognize. Audrey Dyer of ECMD is covering “How Distribution Is Changing—What Does This Mean for Manufacturers?” Lydia Henry of Hampton Affiliates will present “You Say Tomato … The Why and How of Developing Industry Standards for Data Synchronization.” Thomas Westbrook of W3Net has lined up “IT Rocks! Use IT to Deepen Your Relationships with Your Trading Partners.”

A WMMPA favorite also returns this meeting to address the manufacturers. Peter Butzelaar of International Wood Markets Group will head up a 70-minute session on “Changing Market Dynamics: Who Are the New Winners and Losers?” With Frank Sanderson of TOC Management Services heading up a human resources session on “Obtaining a Drug-free Workplace,” attendees will walk away with new tools, ideas and up-to-date information regarding the moulding-and-millwork market. 

Ask Away
Back yet again is the popular roundtable session to close the meeting. Attendees submit pertinent questions in advance that they would like to have answered by their peers. Questions often surround topics such as raw material supply, freight problems, human resource issues, and so on. This is always a lively session for discussion and brainstorming. The committee meetings are open to all attendees who would like to listen. These meetings include: standards, marketing efforts and international trade shows with market reports on regional areas by members.

Thursday evening will play host to an optional activity—Lotto Dinner; diners do not know who they will spend the evening with until they arrive at their assigned restaurant. Friday night will showcase tabletop displays from WMMPA Associate Member suppliers before leading into a Brewster’s Barn Dinner and Calf Roping Contest. 

The WMMPA says manufacturers of moulding and millwork—wood, MDF and poly blend producers alike—should attend the meeting. For more information, call the WMMPA at 530/661-9591 or send an e-mail to info@wmmpa.com to request a meeting registration packet be sent to you. Get yourself to a WM® meeting. We want to talk to you. 

 


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