In honor of MFG Day 2015, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and AKT CPAs, Advisors, and Consultants are please to jointly award a Certificate of Recognition to OFD Foods.
To celebrate the recognition of this outstanding manufacturing member, AKT is making a donation to three non-profit organizations:
CAIS: Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, providing students an innovative, contextual learning environment focused on Manufacturing Technologies.
Impact NW: Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school aged children designed to address industry workforce needs, help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing.
FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, showing students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.
AKT is a proud sponsor of MFG Day 2015, a national celebration of the manufacturing industry demonstrating the potential of modern manufacturing, and the opportunity for careers.
“Our team is proud to partner with valued trade associations and support worthy organizations helping to address the challenges manufacturers are face in attracting talent and skills into their industry sector,” said Chad Summers, AKT Manufacturing Business Advisor.
SnoTemp Achieves GFSI Certification
SnoTemp Cold Storage recently became the first public refrigerated warehouse in Oregon to receive the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard Certification for Storage and Distribution under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) at both of its sites in Eugene and Albany. Recognized worldwide, BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program that guarantees food safety protection for the end consumer. This certification is highly regarded by food manufacturers and retailers and aligns with SnoTemp’s commitment to the highest standards of food safety.
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OREGON LEGISLATURE ADDS BAKERY, DAIRY, GRAIN, AND EGG PROCESSORS TO THE MACHINERY
AND EQUIPMENT PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
Salem, OR; July 2, 2015 – In what is turning out to be a momentous week for food processors in the
Northwest, last night Oregon’s legislature passed a top priority for the Northwest Food Processors
Association (NWFPA) in a late evening session. HB 3125 allows bakery, dairy, grain, and egg processors
to claim a five-year personal property tax exemption on newly acquired machinery and equipment. This
tax exemption is already in place for fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, and legume processors.
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WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE EXTENDS FOOD PROCESSING BUSINESS & OCCUPATION TAX
EXEMPTION FOR OUT-OF-STATE SALES TO 2025
Olympia, WA; July 1, 2015 – After months of hard work by Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and legislators, Washington State’s House and Senate approved Senate Bill 6057 with the state biennial budget. This bill extends the current Business & Occupation (B&O) tax exemption on out-ofstate sales for the food processing industry for 10 years, to 2025. This exemption will save Washington food processors around $6.6 million per year, making them more competitive nationally and globally.
Sustainable business practices are not a trend or fad; they are part of successful business growth and management. Food processing companies and their suppliers are adopting sustainable business models.
Many companies have invested in projects, both large and small, to become more sustainable, yet this work is practically unknown and unrecognized by the public, customers, and regulatory and policy decision-makers. The food processing industry is quite modest about its accomplishments and seldom talks about the actions of the industry and its suppliers of equipment, services and resources. Yet these actions have benefited our communities, our workers and the environment. The industry cares and is committed to making a difference. Unfortunately, many members of the public, customers, legislators and regulators assume that if companies have not communicated what they are doing to become more sustainable, they are not doing anything.
Connie Kirby Earns Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
Food Safety Magazine has announced this year’s winner of their prestigious Distinguished Service Award. It is none other than our very own Connie Kirby! The award will be presented on Tuesday, July 28 at the Awards Reception and Banquet at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Her outstanding commitment to food safety is reflected in her unparalleled contributions past and present to the Northwest food processing community, particularly her impact on food safety leadership, regulatory affairs and communication, as well as advancing the knowledge and expertise of food safety professionals in our region.
I am hoping that many of you will be able to attend. We can help attendees from around the world understand how truly lucky we are to have had Connie working with the association and its members for so many years. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.
International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting
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International Economic Development Council Gold Award
Recognizes Oregon Food Processing Industry Revitalization—
7.8 percent industry growth and an additional 517 jobs
Bucking a national trend, Oregon’s food manufacturing sector grew 7.8% over the last 10 years, despite the “Great Recession.” By carefully coordinating job training and development efforts with investment capital, the food processing industry realized an increase of 517 jobs, a $5.8 million return on investment to state revenue, and $13.1 million saved by 40 companies with revitalization projects.