Volume 48, Issue 1 - January/February 2009

Moulding the Future

by Kellie A. Schroeder, executive vice president of the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association. Mrs. Schroeder’s comments are solely her own and do not necessarily reflect those of this magazine.

1,000-Plus Years of Knowledge Management
Survivors Pact Evolves Amongst Moulding Manufacturers 

This year, the Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) is focused on spring for multiple reasons. First, all segments of the millwork industry will emerge from winter hibernation as the market begins to stir in anticipation of the new building year. Second, a sad reality is companies will be looking left and right repeatedly to see who survived the winter months. However, the industry will go forth into 2009 and the plants will come alive as order files begin to grow. There will be business to conduct and the manufacturers will be ready to service their customers. Third, the new administration will be seated in the White House with all the hoopla behind us. Consumer confidence should grow throughout the inauguration process and Obama sitting in the Oval Office may energize the investment community while stabilizing Wall Street (or one can hope). Key to spring’s arrival though, is the fourth reason—moulding manufacturers have made a survivor’s pact.

Keep Your Head Up
We are living through unprecedented times in the millwork industry. The media reports on the worst economy ever in the history of the nation, the housing market is not predicted to see growth this year and so on and so forth. Trying to keep your head up as you go to the office each day is rough, but it is necessary. Keeping yourself focused on spring when you know housing starts will resume should be your driving force to propel you to tomorrow. Companies have and are making tough business decisions this winter, but those decisions will allow them to see spring arrive. The MMPA moulding manufacturers are vowing to see spring arrive in Lake Las Vegas this coming March. Why?

A survivor’s pact grew amongst the MMPA members as we headed into winter. The pact could have very easily been one of those half-hearted “see you on the other side” with a wave declarations. But it was not. It is a pledge to reunite at the onset of spring to bounce ideas off one another and lay plans for 2009. The manufacturers are determined to get to the other side of this market with their friends in the MMPA. The MMPA manufacturers plan to share knowledge of the past and have a vision for their future at their next event. 

Join the Pact
The MMPA 46th Winter Business Meeting will bring together more than 1,000-plus years of moulding and millwork knowledge in its attendees. Attendees plan to sit down together to engage in the difficult conversations surrounding the current market. Attendees who have 20-, 30- and 40-plus years of experience sharing ideas, exploring what ifs, and networking with their competition. Attendees who manufacture PVC (poly), MDF and wood mouldings will interact at a time when knowledge is crucial to survival. 

The speakers addressing the manufacturers will bring 250-plus years of knowledge to the mix. Raw material supply will be addressed for wood and poly producers, along with construction trends in the housing market, a global market report coupled with North American market regional reports, focus groups for poly, MDF and wood, and the ever-popular Roundtable summarizing the entire business meeting on the last day. 

The MMPA has a vision for your future and is willing to share its 1,000-plus years of knowledge. Manufacturers and suppliers involved in the poly, MDF and wood moulding industry are invited to add their expertise to the MMPA 46th Winter Business Meeting taking place at the MonteLago Village Resort on Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., from March 18-20, 2009. Affordable flights and room accommodations will help you make your decision to get on a plane to Las Vegas. For more information on how to share your knowledge, visit the Events Calendar on www.wmmpa.com

Make the choice to be a survivor, and we’ll see you in Lake Las Vegas come spring. 

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