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

IEDC Recognizes Oregon Food Processing Industry


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.


Press Release: Northwest Food Processors 2015 Expo + Conference

Northwest Food Processors 2015 Expo + Conference

From Food Safety to Current Developments in the GMO Debate:

discover the latest innovations emerging news in food processing



WHO:                                    Northwest Food Processors Association


WHAT:                                  101st Annual 2015 Expo + Conference


WHEN:                                  January 12-14, 2014


WHERE:                                Oregon Convention Center,777 NE MLK Blvd., Portland, OR 97232,


HIGHLIGHTS:                     In addition to providing more than 4000 attendees with the largest regional show of its kind, Northwest Food Processors 2015 Expo + Conference features:


  • Over 400 exhibitor booths, highlighting food processing-centered service processors and current innovations in packaging, production.

  • Outstanding Breakfast Keynotes: Jake Nichol, recently retired CEO and President of Leatherman Tool Group, who will share the challenges and the success stories that allowed Leatherman to remain in Portland while competitors fled overseas. Paula Marshall, CEO of $300 million Bama Foods, headlines Day Two; as an internationally recognized food safety expert, Marshall will discuss the importance of investing in people and quality as a basis for achieving the highest levels of food safety.

  • Specialty Pavilions focusing on Food Safety, Innovation and Energy.

  • Career and Education Center, where HR managers, job seekers and students can explore evolving opportunities in this tri-state $65 billion industry that employs over 260,000 employees.

  • During Wednesday’s Small Business Day, the focus turns to small and emerging companies; highlights include speed mentoring with experienced processors and the opportunity to investigate the latest developments in manufacturing and business development.


To find out more about the NWFPA 2015 Expo & Conference,




As the leading regional food manufacturing trade association in the U.S., NWFPA supports the needs of the Pacific Northwest food processing industry in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.



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Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal acquires Long Beach Roofing


Media contact:
Kim Beeler / 503.908.0808

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal acquires
Long Beach Roofing

California’s Long Beach Roofing first opened doors in 1937

TUALATIN, OR – (Oct. 30, 2014) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal (CR&SM), a leading Oregon commercial roofing company, is pleased to announce the acquisition Long Beach Roofing, Inc., a 77-year-old commercial roofing company.

Long Beach Roofing has operated from its southern California location for 50 years and it has 11 employees. For about two decades Long Beach Roofing has been owned by Conrad Banks, whom CR&SM President Mark Carpenter said he has known for about 10 years.

Columbia Roofing’s President Mark Carpenter said the timing was perfect for the purchase.

“It’s a great market and our business methods are complementary,” Carpenter said. “Both businesses are unique in the way each builds relationships and in the value proposition given to customers. We’re not trying to be the lowest bid, but the best bid for the customer.”

Long Beach Roofing specializes in residential and commercial buildings. It also has extensive knowledge in fiberglass shingles, wood shakes, tile, modified bitumen, built up roofing and single ply roofs.

About Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal:
Since 1996, Columbia Construction Services, Inc., d.b.a. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, has operated as a specialty contractor with 55 full-time employees. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal focuses its services on commercial roofing, roof maintenance (Columbia Roof Advantage), sheet metal fabrication and installation, steep slope roofing, seismic upgrades and installation, and safety product installation. Safety is one of the company’s core values and it follows strict safety policies in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Division). Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, for two consecutive years, has earned an industry honor: Carlisle SynTec Systems’ Perfection Award. It operates in the states of Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. Please visit or call (503) 684-9123, OR; or (253) 236-7474, WA; for more information or follow us at:

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2015 Northwest Food Processors Expo + Conference

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Just released! Read about all the programming and exhibitors in the 2015 Expo + Conference registration guide. New this year: Keynote is Jake Nichol of Leatherman Tools, Mentoring Session, Welcome Reception with hundreds of attendees, expanded Taste of the Northwest, sessions devoted to Waste Water, Emerging Technology, Affordable Care Act update and so much more! Download the guide, and register.

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