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NWPCA Hires New Software Engineer

Friday, April 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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NWPCA Hires Kevin Richey as Senior Software Engineer

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 14, 2017: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is excited to announce its recent hire of Kevin Richey as Senior Software Engineer. He replaces Curtis Wilkes, who was recruited by GOOGLE to work in its Pittsburgh, PA office. Within this role, Richey will oversee software functions of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS), to include the software’s source code and supporting computer systems.

“I was attracted by the mission of NWPCA and the technology behind PDS. The software is fully integrated with LoadSync™ and FastenerSync™, making it the premier wooden pallet product specification tool, and I’m excited to be part of it,” Richey said.

Richey joins NWPCA from RackSpace, a managed cloud computing company, where he was responsible for an email hosting system that supported hundreds of thousands of people. A graduate of Virginia Tech, with 20 years of software development and project management experience, Richey is excited to stay close to his alma mater.

NWPCA’s President/CEO Brent McClendon noted, “PDS is the best software out there for unit load packaging. It’s important that we maintain that level and continue to advance our technical capabilities.”

McClendon continued, “Kevin’s experience runs the gamut, from hands-on programming in the software languages and frameworks we use, to serving as a technical product manager and supervising a team of software engineers. We are thrilled to have him join our team.” He will work out of the NWPCA Blacksburg, VA office effective immediately.


The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world, with more than 670 company members in 28 countries who manufacture, repair and distribute pallets and wood packaging in unit-load solutions, or who supply products and services to the industry. For more information on NWPCA, visit


The Pallet Design System™ (PDS) is a product of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association. PDS is a specification tool, an engineering design tool, a professional marketing tool, and an educational tool – all contained in an easy to use software package developed for the wood pallet industry. Since its introduction in 1984, PDS has developed a highly respected reputation throughout the material handling industry. For more information on PDS, visit


Annette Ferri
NWPCA Vice President of Communications

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