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Presentation: Friday, March 9, 2018

Manufacturing industries, especially, are seeing a tight labor market that continues to move further downward. The implementation of robotics and automation can help, but putting people to work is key.

Two fellow industry experts will share insights on labor recruitment and retention, and highlight their more successful and innovative solutions in creating a community in the workplace where employees feel valued and integral to the business’ success.


  • James Ruder, L&R Pallet
  • Chris Lasseter, Summerford Pallet Company

  • About Chris Lasseter

    Chris Lasseter is Director of Sales at Summerford Pallet Company in Ashford, Alabama. Summerford is a family-owned business that has been in transportation since 1928. They are a flatbed/step deck company, operating one of the largest pallet recycling companies in the Southeast. They also manufacture new pallets, skids and landscape mulch.


    James Ruder is the owner of L&R Pallet Service in Denver Colorado.  L&R has been a member of the NWPCA since 1994.  James has served on the board of directors multiple times and is a past Chairman. Though James enjoys being a pallet professional, you will soon hear how passionate he is about the team he leads.  James will explain that pallets are “what” he does, but the people he employs are “why” he does it.

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