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NWPCA Enhances Advocacy Efforts; Patrick Atagi Joins Staff

NWPCA-AtagiWe are excited to announce that Patrick Atagi is joining NWPCA’s staff August 4th as VP – Advocacy and External Affairs. Atagi possesses a distinguished career in advocacy that spans more than twenty years in Washington, DC, including working in the Senate for the Appropriations Committee Chairman, and as a lobbyist or in chief policy positions for several other associations, including the United Fresh Produce Association. He also served as a political appointee in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Patrick also brings a unique personal perspective and passion to the position, as he once built wooden packaging containers for use on his family’s 400-acre eastern-Oregon farm. Serving as president of the family farm provided him a strong understanding and appreciation for the issues and concerns of family businesses. Patrick’s experience, connections, and personality are a great fit and we can’t wait for him to join our team. Read full press release.

Registration Open for October NWPCA Recyclers Conference

October 22-24, 2014 - Dearborn, Michigan: Join industry colleagues from around the country for NWPCA's Recyclers Conference - Recycled and New Pallet Facilities, Industry Networking, Educational Program. Conference registration and hotel reservations are now open. Review the schedule, plant tour hosts and plan to attend...Learn more.

NWPCA and Virginia Tech Team up for Pallet Design Course

The NWPCA and Virginia Tech team up for Pallet Design Course On August 19-21, NWPCA Technical and PDS Manager Dr. Brad Gething joins Virginia Tech professor Dr. Laszlo Horvath for a two-day short course on Pallet Design and Performance in Blacksburg, VA. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of pallet design for both stringer and block pallets using the industry standard Pallet Design System 5.1 with LoadSync™. For more information on the event and to register, follow this link or contact Brad Gething, NWPCA Technical and PDS Manager.

Heat Stress is Hot Safety Issue

The pallet industry has many job tasks that could put workers at risk, especially if they are stacking pallets outside in direct sun, operating forklifts to load trucks outside, and working inside where there is inadequate air conditioning or ventilation. Our OSHA expert shares case studies and offers advice on what employers can do to reduce their risk...Read more.

TIMCON Offers New Specification Program for Dry Pallets

In partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, TIMCON recently commissioned an in-depth pallet drying project in response to growing member concerns about mold. The drying project led to the development of a new compliance program that assures customers receive a standard moisture content for the contracted supply of mold-free pallets. This project, in conjunction with the previously published brochure for users of wooden pallets, “TIMCON Best Practice Guide to Timber Stain & Mould”, creates a strong framework for the industry to combat the challenging and complicated issue of mold. The research in the UK is limited to Sitka Spruce timber species, and provides a baseline for program adoption by other countries. More information on the program will be released soon. The presentation on the research and the brochure are available below:

Learn more about TIMCON at Timcon.org.

Pallets Move the World®

Video release of "Pallets Move the World®" generated a lot of excitement during the NWPCA’s Annual Leadership Conference opening session on March 2, 2014. The one-minute video has received over 1,400 “hits” in a little over a month after the public release. The video clearly details the connection of pallets to our daily lives. Whether hardwood or softwood, international or domestic, block or stringer, wooden pallets truly do move the world and we are proud to help tell the story...Watch the video.

Did You Know?

NWPCA posts the Did You Know items from our E-Newsletters that contain facts about the sustainability and market strengths of wood packaging. We will continue to add to this list so keep visiting the site for information you can use to promote your products and industry.



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