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|NWPCA Congressional Fly-In|
nwpca congressional fly-in
The NWPCA 2017 Fly-In set a record registration for the event this past June. Over 45 NWPCA members visited 9% of the United States Congress, House and Senate, in one day, and led 30 meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate on key issues impacting their businesses, and the wood packaging and container industry. With the assistance of Lobbyit, a professional lobbying team, NWPCA members navigated the maze of the House and Senate buildings to connect with Congress, in addition to meeting with legislative and regulatory officials.
Two members of Congress received the “Champion of the Wood Pallet & Wood Packaging Industry” award for 2017 in recognition of their commitment to the industry: Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Both congressmen spoke candidly with members about issues before Congress that impact the wood packaging industry from healthcare to labor to land management. Their comments reinforced that the industry has champions on Capitol Hill who understand, value and appreciate the importance of wood pallets and packaging.
Members also met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss pest management and an NWPCA/ USDA partnership to further the goals of ISPM15, as well as with the Department of Labor to discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and an OSHA/NWPCA safety alliance with the pallet industry. It was a great two days of networking and meetings, while having a little fun in Washington, DC.
Concluding the event, attendees participated in behind-the-scenes tours of the Capitol, with one lucky member spotting Bono of the band U2. Many former presidential candidates were also seen roaming the halls and shaking hands with citizens (which reaffirms the idea that you never know who you’ll “run into” on Capitol Hill).
Why the Fly-In Matters to your business
Hear what NWPCA's Vice President, Advocacy & External Affairs has to say about the upcoming event.