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

WSU Scholarships for Employees in Manufacturing

Washington State University received funding for $750,000 in scholarships for current employees in manufacturing at qualifying companies. Scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate certificates in the Engineering and Technology Management program. 

 

To learn more visit: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/18/wsu-gets-funds-to-teach-employees-strengthen-business/#.VA0Gr_mwJIn or email Joanne Buteau at jbuteau@wsu.edu.

 

NWFPA President Resigns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTHWEST FOOD PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF DAVID ZEPPONI

Names David McGiverin as Interim President

 

[Portland, Ore., August 26, 2014]Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), the trade group which represents the interests of processors in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, announced that David Zepponi has resigned as its President.

Throughout his tenure as President of the NWFPA, Zepponi has served as a peerless advocate, innovator and resource for the food processing industry of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We thank him for his service and wish him the very best as he moves forward to new opportunities.  

David McGiverin has been named as Interim President of NWFPA. McGiverin has served as Issue Manager of NWFPA for the past seven years, representing members on policies regarding sustainability, environmental and workforce productivity.

 “The board of the directors congratulates David McGiverin, as NWFPA’s advocacy remains on track to foster a favorable business environment for food manufacturers in the Northwest,” said Jim Robbins, NWFPA Chair.

 

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The Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) represents the interests of food processors in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Members include fruit and vegetable, seafood, dairy, specialty and fresh-cut food manufacturers. Membership runs the gamut of the foremost brand names in the United States, key producers of private label and institutional products, and locally run family businesses. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the association represents nearly 500 member companies including 120 food processors with 200 production facilities throughout the Northwest region.

Sprague Named Top 100 Company

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Sprague Pest Solutions Named A Top 100 Company


Tacoma, Wash. – A growing structural pest control industry has helped Tacoma-based Sprague Pest Solutions (www.spraguepest.com) move up to 29th on the 2014 Pest Control Technology magazine Top 100 List, an annual compilation of the leading pest management companies in the United States. The list was included in the magazine’s May issue (www.pctonline.com).


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New CEO at Oregon Fruit Products

New CEO at Oregon Fruit Products

The Oregon Fruit Products team appointed Chris Sarles as the new CEO.
July 9, 2014

Salem, Ore./Press Release -- The Oregon Fruit Products team appointed Chris Sarles as the new CEO. Sarles brings extensive experience in business management and team leadership.

Sarles was raised in Portland, Ore., and graduated from Oregon State University in 1987 with an International Business degree focused on marketing and economics. He has worked in the beverage distribution industry in varying roles including ownership of Alehouse Distributing and later leadership in both Washington and Oregon for Columbia Distributing, as well as Young’s Market Company.

His ability to impact business lies in the areas of innovative team leadership and sales development. While with Columbia Distributing, he helped to integrate multiple acquisitions into the company, building a stronger organization. He looks forward to working with the Oregon Fruit Products team to continue to develop and execute a clear strategic plan that will meet the growing demand for specialty fruits in the retail, foodservice and industrial segments of the industry. He will help Oregon Fruit Products successfully launch value added specialty fruit products, as well as expand Oregon Specialty Fruit in the domestic and export grocery segment.

NORPAC FOODS, INC. AND HENNINGSEN COLD STORAGE COMPANY CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THEIR NEW COLD STORAGE FACILITY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORPAC FOODS, INC. AND HENNINGSEN COLD STORAGE COMPANY CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THEIR NEW COLD STORAGE FACILITY

SALEM, Ore. – June 30, 2014 – NORPAC Foods, Inc., a leading producer of fruit and vegetable products, and Henningsen Cold Storage Co., yesterday celebrated their new 225,000-square-foot frozen food storage and distribution facility with an open house for its farmer-owners, employees, partners and civic officials.

The new facility is owned and operated by Hillsboro, Ore.-based Henningsen Cold Storage, one of the largest, family owned, frozen and refrigerated warehousing companies in the United States, and was constructed on NORPAC-owned land adjacent to NORPAC’s packaging facility. The facility was designed to support the company’s continued growth and will immediately become NORPAC’s primary distribution point for the company’s frozen finished goods. The new facility will provide considerable energy and cost savings through more efficient transportation and storage practices.

“The project has been a true partnership from the ground up,” said George Smith, CEO, NORPAC. “We’re proud to work with civic leaders and Henningsen, another steadfast Oregon-based company, to make this project a reality. This investment is symbolic of our pride in local agriculture and our long term commitment to Salem.”

In addition to the construction of the cold storage facility, NORPAC consolidated 120 employees from two satellite offices to a new corporate headquarters building in Salem, located next to the new cold storage and existing packaging facilities. NORPAC’s Stayton processing facility will continue to operate at full capacity.

“We take great pride in helping local farmers and a fellow Oregon business thrive,” said Mike Henningsen, Chairman and President, Henningsen Cold Storage Co. “It’s exciting to know that, in partnership with NORPAC, we’ll preserve the fresh flavors from the fields for people to enjoy year-round.”

About Henningsen Cold Storage
Henningsen Cold Storage Co. is one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the U.S., with 10 facilities in six states providing more than 53 million cubic feet of temperature controlled storage. Henningsen is a fourth generation family owned corporation with roots dating to 1923. Visit www.henningsen.com.

About NORPAC Foods, Inc.
NORPAC is a cooperative owned by 240 family farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, which provides frozen and canned vegetables and fruit, along with soups and other value added products, to the foodservice, retail, club store, remanufacture and export market segments. Originally established as Stayton Canning Company in 1924, NORPAC has grown to now operate processing and packaging facilities in Stayton, Salem, Brooks and Hermiston, Oregon, along with Quincy, Washington. Visit www.NORPAC.com.

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H A R V E S T
AMY BROWN | ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
MINNEAPOLIS | PORTLAND, OR
t (971)259-4750 | c (503)341-3795
WWW.HARVEST-PR.COM

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