About the MMPA
MMPA is a non-profit association which exists solely for the benefit of its membership; it accomplishes as a group what single firms may not be able to accomplish individually.
MMPA’s primary goals are: to promote quality products produced by its members, to develop sources of supply, to promote optimum use of raw materials, to standardize products, and to increase the domestic and foreign usage of moulding and millwork products.
MMPA functions provide the tools, information and services necessary to help its members achieve increased sales and profitability.
- “The MMPA is a unique association. Actually, it’s an association comprised of unique individuals with the common goal of not just surviving within the moulding industry, but actually improving their individual company while surviving. As a relatively new member, I am amazed at how daily competitors come together and discuss the business obstacles and opportunities within a relatively small industry. The knowledge, experience, and comradeship that is built within the members within the association is an investment for myself and for my company.
The associate members also play an integral part of imparting knowledge within the association. Many of the associate members are invited to speak during the associational meetings to expose each of us into their world of expertise.”
- “I have been employed at Best Moulding for over seven years now, from the first week of my employment to today, the WWMPA now MMPA has been part of my learning process. Being from a completely different field and moving into the wood industry, I was fortunate to have an association filled with members who reached out to me. I was caught in awe at first, just thinking about a bunch of competitors meeting twice a year to discuss how to improve our industry. I was hesitant at first to open up, however realized quickly the association is one built on the integrity of the men who formed it many years ago with one goal in mine—to help promote and build upon the success of its members. To this day I enjoy the meetings not only for the important information and speakers that attend, but also because of the strong friendship I have forged with many of its members. If you have heard about associations before and just thought they were a waist of time, don’t do it with the MMPA, it’s about as real and honest as you can still find in any industry and I am proud to be associated with them. ”
- “Yuba River Moulding and Millwork Inc. has been a member of the MMPA since 1977. Like most of the active members of the association, our company considers the MMPA a very important component to the success of our company in past, present ,and future perspectives. The information and the knowledge that you take from the meetings and interaction and fellowship with other members can not be bought on a one time basis. Membership in the MMPA is a lifetime learning and positively growing your company proposition. If this is the direction you want to take your organization please join us in the MMPA.”
- “I was 28 years old when my boss, a family friend that worked for my grandfather and my father, suddenly passed away. I was very young to be taking over the family business, but lucky to be surrounded by some very qualified people. For four years I wanted to attend a WMMPA meeting but never did, usually because they were on the west coast, but also because I just did not know anybody. Then in 2001, the winter meeting was being held in Florida near Jacksonville. Since I’m from N. Carolina, I decided to drive down along with my assistant manager and our wives. This is still one of the best business decisions I have made in my career. The friendships I have made, and the knowledge I have brought home from the meetings are wonderful. Now, I hardly ever miss out, and when I do, I really feel like I missed out on something important and fun. In fact, I feel like the new MMPA is so important to me and my business, that I joined the Board of Directors and now serve on the Executive Committee. If you think the MMPA is a good fit for your business, but just can’t make yourself get to a meeting, think hard and then just do it! It might be one of the best business decisions you ever made too.”
“The MMPA is comprised of the best and brightest people in our industry. We have representation covering softwoods, hardwoods, MDF, and poly materials from large and small companies and multiple countries. Each of us adding our individual expertise and experience to improve the entire industry. I would strongly encourage members to take the time to be actively involved in this association as the contacts and information we share is invaluable in an ever changing market.”
“Joining the the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association has provided many opportunities to network with companies sharing mutual aspirations and obstacles. Over the years members have given and received knowledge through expert speakers and valuable round-table discussions. The broad range of topics has included forecasts on raw materials, foreign and domestic market conditions, design trends, production issues, personnel concerns, transportation matters, manufacturing standards and various local and federal regulations we deal with on a daily basis. Manufacturers and associate members have shared best practices with proven successes, developed resolutions to common issues and built long-lasting relationships that grew to become true friendships. As a member of the MMPA you gain access to decades of experience, expertise and wisdom that may prove invaluable to the future growth of your company.”
“Being a Canadian company, we viewed membership within the Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) a bit differently than those manufacturers located within the U.S. Our desire to have a better understanding of the U.S. and International market, and the U.S. distribution network was driving us to seek out an organization that could educate us. Our mindset was you have to respect the customers and suppliers of the country in which you want to engage. This need to comprehend how to conduct business in the U.S. marketplace led us to the MMPA.
“We also benefit of utilizing the MMPA 20-minute fire rated door frame specifications (expandable to 90 minutes) to produce door frames without having to pay for testing and certification which can run roughly $25,000 each. We all know you have to continue conducting burn tests until you pass a frame. The MMPA has the specifications in place and is an economical alternative to developing and testing your own frame.
“Finally, MMPA meetings gather suppliers of machinery and raw material from different parts of the world in a forum atypical to a trade show atmosphere. Time is the key component at the business meetings. You are able to spend quality time with suppliers allowing you to absorb more information and have good conversation.”
The Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA) is committed to promoting the use of sustainable forests, giving preference to recyclable and renewable resources. A policy that features renewable resources to provide timber for wood products promotes preservation of ecosystems and maintains the environment for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The MMPA is committed to the protection and enhancement of the natural life cycle of our forests.
The Poly Material Group of MMPA recognizes the importance of creating sustainable solutions to meet the moulding and millwork needs of today and tomorrow. We champion the use of Cellulosic and Plastic materials that may be destined for landfill. We will continue to practice environmental stewardship as we pursue innovative, engineered solutions for our industry.