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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. The stock symbol is DMI.

In 2010, the company went bankrupt, and was bought by Sabre. In 2012 the company was dissolved and the company became Dunder-Mifflin once more.

Current CEO/CFO of the company is David Wallace.

About Dunder Mifflin Paper CompanyEdit

Dunder Mifflin branch map

According to co-founder Robert Dunder, the company was founded in 1949, and it was originally a supplier of plastic floor bolt covers for commodes.

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 in
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formed 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 salesman 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 (he had the Scranton branch label sales they made on the phone as website sales).

CompetitorsEdit

Dunder-Mifflin in The OfficeEdit

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 branchesEdit

In Boys and Girls, Jan refers to a former branch located in Pittsfield which was closed down when workers tried to unionize.

In The Merger, the Stamford branch was absorbed by the Scranton branch.

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.)

Recurring jokesEdit

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 muffins" (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.

Behind the scenesEdit

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."

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