MCS Industries is a full line supplier of tabletop frames, wall and poster frames, framed mirrors, photo albums and scrapbooks, clocks, wall décor and art print products. Under the Trimfinity brand, MCS also manufactures architectural and decorative moldings for home construction and improvement markets. MCS supplies many of the country’s largest retail chains in the mass market, hobby, craft, home improvement, photo and specialty channels.
Founded in 1948 in Easton, PA as a box company, MCS didn’t start producing picture frames until 1981. Since then, however, they have continued to expand, moving into progressively larger spaces and adding distribution centers on the West Coast, New Mexico. MCS now boasts annual revenues above $100 million.
MCS follows a vertical, integrated manufacturing format, controlling basic raw materials through sophisticated manufacturing and distribution technologies. MCS is unique to the industry as a world class manufacturer and distributor in its own facilities in the United States, Mexico and China, and offers some of the best quality, value and delivery in the industry as a result.
MCS takes pride in being a good corporate citizen, and in helping promote a sustainable economy. Like many other members, they focus on sustainability in a number of ways.
Through sustainable sourcing of the wood that is used to create their frames, more efficient product design and production, reducing waste in the production and transportation process, and supporting recycling programs in their facilities and the communities they serve, MCS has worked to decrease its impact on the environment in what could otherwise be a resource-intensive field.
MCS is the U.S. leader in recycling EPS, also known as Styrofoam. Company densifiers are located at strategic locations in the U.S., diverting over 8 million pounds of EPS from the U.S. waste stream each year and into MCS’s North American Manufacturing Supply Chain. All of this has led to MCS being honored as a company going above and beyond on sustainability; they won the American Society of Plastic Engineers’ Sustainability award in 2014, and were honored as Walmart’s Sustainable Supplier of the year in 2013.
At the same time, MCS ensures its products meet strict standards on product safety, packaging and labeling, avoidance of toxic chemicals and air pollution, and protection of endangered species. MCS is dedicated to ensuring its products meet or exceed all applicable standards.
Like other ASBC business members, MCS recognized early on that individual actions, while crucial to create a more sustainable economy, had to be paired with policy action.
MCS has advocated for additional reform to the American health care system beyond the A.C.A. MCS has produced, and will release by the end of 2015, a documentary film entitled “FIX IT … Healthcare at the Tipping Point” advocating Single Payer reform. MCS is also facilitating outreach efforts to promote such reform.
As with all of our other business members, MCS decided to join ASBC because of the old principle of strength in numbers. One company setting higher standards of sustainability can serve as an example to others, showing that sustainability can be a business model instead of simply a PR stunt. Joining forces with other companies also trying to achieve sustainability is what’s needed to make policymakers sit up and take notice.
That, as MCS might say, is the best way to frame the debate.