- For other uses, see Dunder Mifflin (disambiguation)
Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc. (Stock Symbol DMI) is a fictional paper company in the television series The Office. The Scranton, Pennsylvania Branch of Dunder Mifflin serves as the main setting for the series.
In 2010, the company went bankrupt, and was bought by Sabre. In 2012, Sabre was dissolved and the company became Dunder Mifflin once again.
About Dunder Mifflin Paper Company
According to the Dunder Mifflin official website: "Dunder Mifflin Inc. (stock symbol DMI) is a mid-cap regional paper- and office-supply distributor with an emphasis on servicing small-business clients. With a corporate office in New York City, Dunder Mifflin has branches in Albany, Utica, Scranton, Akron, Nashua, Buffalo, and Rochester.""Dunder Mifflin Incorporated provides its customers quality office and information technology products, furniture, printing values and the expertise required for making informed buying decisions. We provide our products and services with a dedication to the highest degree of integrity and quality of customer satisfaction, developing long-term professional relationships with employees that develop pride, creating a stable working environment and company spirit."
For years, Dunder Mifflin was a dying company that was unable to compete with modern chains such as Staples and Office Depot. The company still used traditional salesmen rather than the Internet, causing most customers to leave for the nation-wide chains, and was unable to adapt to an increasingly paperless world. Ryan Howard, a new employee of Scranton Branch, predicted the company would be obsolete by 2017. In 2007, Ryan became Vice President of Sales and began a massive restructuring of the entire company, including a new website that would help make sales more efficient. However, his website was a failure (due to an ill-advised social networking feature) and he was later arrested for fraud when it was discovered that he was double-counting sales transactions into the website that were already made by salesmen over the phone.
- Staples (Branch Closing, The Return)
- Office Depot (Take Your Daughter to Work Day, Casino Night*, Dunder Mifflin Infinity)
- PPC (Job Fair)
- Pendelton (Job Fair)
- Catalyst Paper (Business Trip)
- Prince Paper (Prince Family Paper)
- Michael Scott Paper Company (The Michael Scott Paper Company)
- Big Red Paper Company (Turf War)
- Osprey Paper (The Sting)
Dunder-Mifflin in The Office
The American version of the television series The Office is filmed as a Mockumentary set in the Scranton Regional office of Dunder-Mifflin. From the series, we are given a picture as to the structure of each regional branch of Dunder-Mifflin. The office is located in the Scranton Business Park, occupying the same building as Vance Refrigeration. Sales, Accounting, Human Resources, and Customer Service all occupy the same office space, and Warehousing and shipping space is apparently located in a different part of the same building. Managerial Structure is set up with a Regional Manager in charge of all operations within the same building, with an Assistant Manager directly below him (although this does not seem to be the case in all branches). A warehouse manager runs all shipping and warehousing operations in a warehouse.
Former branches of Dunder Mifflin North
In Weight Loss, the weight loss board lists the branches as Scranton, Yonkers, New York, Utica, Camden, Nashua, Buffalo, and Albany.
In Company Picnic, Holly mentions that the Camden and Yonkers branches had recently closed due to the economy, and she and Michael accidentally reveal that the Buffalo branch will suffer the same fate.
In Turf War, the Binghamton branch is shut down by a drunken, despondent Robert California. The Scranton and Syracuse salepeople then fight over Binghamton's clients. (This is the first mention of either the Binghamton or Syracuse branches.)
Dunder Mifflin is not a well-known company.
- In the episode "The Return", Dwight tells his co-worker Paris that he worked at Dunder Mifflin, one of Staples' top competitors. "I never heard of 'em," she replies.
- In the episode "Money", Michael tells his boss at the telemarketing company that he is the Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin. "Never heard of it," he responds.
- In the episode "Local Ad", Jim tells the camera crew that his friends believe Dunder Mifflin sells "mufflers or mittens" (which sound more interesting than paper).
Dunder Mifflin is behind the major competitors.
- In the episode "Dunder Mifflin Infinity", Jim reveals that until the DMI website, the Dunder Mifflin website was "under construction" since 2002 (the episode takes place in 2007).
- In a number of episodes, Michael and other staff acknowledge that Dunder Mifflin is uncompetitive on price, but says it offers unrivalled personal service. This is usually (but not always) met with an underwhelmed expression from a potential client - unexcited by the idea of paying more to have a personal relationship with their paper supplier.
Behind the scenes
The Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company's tower is the first image in the title sequence. It is near the northeast end of Mifflin Avenue. To coincide with the Season 3 premiere, an Office edition of Scranton's entertainment paper contained an interview with the real paper company's president, who said "[Dunder Mifflin is] more of a printing-paper company while we're a personal-service paper company — paper towels, packaging, toilet tissue. ... We have very little resemblance to the Dunder Mifflin paper company."