History

MPL Corporation was formed in 1985 with a mission to provide information processing and programming support to small and medium-sized public and private organizations—entities large enough to require computer support, but not large enough to require full-time internal support staff or easily absorb the cost of buying a computer of their own. The original partners in MPL bought out the assets of an existing business, which included a mini-computer and a roster of public and private clients, and proceeded to add to the customer base.

Over the years, as computing power became less and less expensive, MPL shifted its focus from providing access to a computer via timesharing to providing customized software and systems development and network integration and support. MPL continues to develop software and maintain systems for a number of clients in both the government and commercial marketplace.

MPL continues to be actively involved in several collaborative initiatives established to grow the information technology sector in West Virginia. MPL is a charter member of Software Valley, an organization sponsored by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, and one of the first companies to join the WV High Technology Consortium Foundation, an initiative supported by Congressman Alan B. Mollohan. Additionally, MPL has been active in the WV Entrepreneur’s Forum, hosted by West Virginia University; the WV Chamber of Commerce; and is a yearly contributor to the Teaming to Win Conference, intended to match small businesses with federal government agencies or large companies looking for smaller teaming partners. Since its inception, MPL has been a strong proponent of the concept of teaming with other complementary organizations to win new contracts and then share the revenue.

As desktop computers gained greater processing power, MPL moved into multimedia courseware development, assisted by its association with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. MPL is a licensed developer of presentation software using Carnegie Mellon’s Just-In-Time Lectures. Its expertise with this software allowed MPL to develop a nationally known training CD on Basic Awareness of Weapons of Mass Destruction in conjunction with two other partners, collectively known as Paratus Associates, LLC. MPL has developed numerous other presentations, offered as stand-alone CDs or via intranets or the Internet, both as part of Paratus and on its own. Its toolset for this purpose includes the JITL technology, and Macromedia Director.

As the Internet became more integral to business functions of its current and prospective clients, MPL expanded its expertise further and now offers web site design, web hosting, e-commerce, and network support services.

MPL manages operations from its home office in Buckhannon, WV, and a telecommuting presence in Morgantown, WV.  MPL opened a European branch office in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2004.  The office was focused primarily on multimedia courseware and web site development in the UK.  Early in 2008, we closed the office due to the economic climate.

With the May, 2005 award of a NASA contract to Northrop-Grumman, Inc., who MPL supports as a sub-contractor, MPL is embarking on a new venture to build its capabilities in mission-critical software IV & V (Independent Verification and Validation). MPL was chosen by Northrop-Grumman as one of two small businesses to propose entry into NASA’s mentor/protégé program, which NASA approved. This special relationship will help MPL to build its software engineering skills via CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integrated) certification, and possible ISO 9001 certification. MPL is also engaging Northrop-Grumman’s assistance in establishing a GSA schedule for our services, including the JITL technology.

MPL moves into the future with a diversified set of skills and a competitive business structure. As a result of a reorganization in the 1990s, MPL now qualifies as a small, woman-owned business. As it continues to offer traditional systems and software development, multimedia courseware production, and web-based applications, the company remains alert for fresh business opportunities, alone or in conjunction with one or more of its teaming partners.