Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company (also known as Dunder-Mifflin, Inc.) 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. The company was founded by Robert Dunder and Robert Mifflin.
About Dunder Mifflin
According to co-founder Robert Dunder, himself, the company was founded in 1949, and it was originally a supplier of metal brackets for construction.
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 Buffalo, Albany, Utica, Scranton, Akron, Camden, Nashua and Yonkers."
"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."
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.
The Stamford branch has recently been absorbed by the Scranton branch.
There was once another branch located in Pittsfield, but due to workers trying to unionize, it was shut down.
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 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 muffins" (which sound more interesting than paper).
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 "They're [Dunder Mifflin] 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."