The latest news from NWFPA members and events concerning the food processing industry in the Northwest.

Azure Standard receives SQF Certification - Says Thank You

Good Morning David,Azure Farm Mill SQF Cert 2016 003

I wanted to reach out to you to express my gratitude from myself and everyone at Azure Standard/ Azure Farm for the gracious assistance your organization provided to our company over the last year.

The professional relationship we forged with the North West Food Processors Association was crucial to the successful SQF level 2 certification attainment our facility just received. Your team provided key mentoring, guidance and true enthusiasm along the way.

Every team member on your staff proved at every turn in the road why a food processor should be a member of your esteemed association.

Please see the attached copy of our certificate for your review. We're already engaging in new business opportunities that would not be otherwise presented to us with out this important certification. If you're ever in the area of Dufur, Oregon, I would love to give you tour of our humble Flour Mill.

If you'd like to share our success story on your website or publications, please feel free to do so. Also please pass along our thanks to your hardworking staff! They certainly deserve it. I really can't say enough to show our gratitude.

Thank you Sir, and have a great day!

Robert M. Wymore | Azure Farm Mill Manager
Azure Standard - Azure Farm

Campbell's goes for product visibility

4 kp campbells before after comparisonSince its founding in 1869, Campbell Soup Company has continuously evolved to fit the ever-changing marketplace. Now it’s brought product visibility to its microwavable soups.

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Vanmark Boise Names Kris Hearst as General Manager

Vanmark Boise Names Kris Hearst as General Manager

March 8, 2016

BOISE, IDAHO - Vanmark Equipment is pleased to announce that Kris Hearst has been promoted to General Manager of the Vanmark Boise operation.

Kris joined Vanmark Boise in 2014 as a Process Engineer/Customer Service Representative. She has demonstrated the necessary leadership, organizational and communication skills in her time with Vanmark to quickly grow into the General Manager role.

Kris earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University. Her previous work experience includes project manager and supervisory positions at Boeing. She has a passion for process and is experienced in lean manufacturing, 5S, Kaizen, TQM, World Class Quality, MRP, SPC, and change management.

Vanmark looks forward to Kris applying her considerable skill set to our operations in Boise, Idaho. /


Press release contact:
Paula Wernet, Grote Company


Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal earns prestigious industry honor

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal
earns prestigious industry honor

TUALATIN, OR – (April 4, 2016) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, a leading Oregon commercial roofing company, has earned industry recognition with the Carlisle 2016 Excellence in Single-Ply (ESP) award.

The ESP award was created 19 years ago by Carlisle SynTec Systems. According to Nick Shears, Carlisle’s VP of Sales & Marketing, the award identifies and rewards Carlisle’s most successful contractors. ESP status is given out annually to a small percentage of Carlisle’s most dedicated and professionally minded applicators.

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ConAgra expands operations in Oregon

LambWestonHashbrowns 300x191ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Boardman, Oregon. The $30 million investment will add additional processing capacity for making formed products such as hash brown patties and potato puffs, ConAgra said. The addition of the line at the company’s existing facility is expected to add 50 jobs.


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