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

Connie Kirby earns Distinguished Service Award

Connie Kirby WebConnie 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.

The Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who best exemplify the characteristics of the dedicated food safety professional. The honored are recognized by members of the profession for their collective work in promoting and advancing science-based solutions for food safety issues. No one better exemplifies these award qualifications than Connie.


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
July 25-28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon
(Awards Reception and Banquet is in the evening of July 28)


Expo 2016 Early Bird is Open!

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Don't miss out on the great savings of early bird. Join NWFPA at the largest regional food manufacturing trade show in North America on January 11 - 13, 2016.

Early bird opens today, April 30th and will run through June 15th or until 250 booths are reserved. Last year early bird ended after only 29 days, so don't miss out. Download your application here and view the floor map at

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A & B Packing Equipment Acquires Lakewood Process Machinery



A&B Packing Equipment, Inc. is pleased to announce that the product lines of Lakewood Process Machinery are now part of the A&B line of equipment effective March 6, 2015.

This acquisition represents a pooling of the expertise of two major fruit and vegetable equipment manufacturers, and will produce a superior line of packing & processing equipment for the industry.

A&B Packing Equipment, Inc. for the last 20 years has specialized in fresh and process equipment for the small fruit & vegetable industry with a focus on high speed packing equipment for consumer packaging. A&B’s flagship line of equipment is the Evolution series of high speed weigh and fill packing machines, which have the ability to pack clamshells, punnets, bags and boxes all with one machine. “The Evolution has dominated the mainframe fresh packing market for the past five years and continues to grow into other markets and industries worldwide” according to Fred Pieplow, A&B President.

Lakewood Process Machinery has specialized in process industry for a wide variety of products for over 50 years. During this time they have been responsible for many innovations in sizing, de-stemming, conveying, washing and drying of the agricultural and food processing industry.

Both companies are extremely proud of the quality of their equipment, the quality of their personnel, and the quality of their service. “Customers can expect the same focus, the same high quality service and the same team effort that you have come to know” says A&B founder and CEO Bob Williamson. A&B Packing Equipment, Inc. will now be a company of more than 100 employees, with offices in Lawrence, Michigan, Hartford, Michigan, and a presence in Holland, Michigan.

Any questions regarding the resent acquisition please contact Fred Pieplow at 269-539-4700.

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal hires new Director of Human Resources

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Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal hires director of human resources

TUALATIN, OR – (April 15, 2015) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, a leading commercial roofing company in Oregon, welcomes a new Director of Human Resources (HR) Kristin Buckner.

Buckner joins the Tualatin-based company with more than 20 years of HR experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, medical and high technology. She is responsible for the Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal’s ongoing strategic planning efforts.

President Mark Carpenter said he is excited to have a seasoned professional leading the HR Department. “Buckner is a welcome addition to our growing staff and company,” he said. “I am confident that she will help lead our strategic plans in the New Year, which includes the recent purchase of 77-year-old Long Beach Roofing in California.”

Most recently, Buckner was human resources manager at Mitchell Lewis and Staver. She earned her Professional in Human Resources certification in 2008 and she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (B.S.B.M) from the University of Phoenix.

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). For two consecutive years, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal has earned a Carlisle SynTec Systems’ Perfection Award as well as making the list of Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Businesses. 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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SnoTemp Cold Storage Announes Promotion of Jason Lafferty to CEO


Thriving Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sector Propel SnoTemp’s Continued Growth Outlook

Eugene, Ore. – SnoTemp Cold Storage, a warehousing and distribution solution for Oregon’s leading food and beverage companies, announced third generation owner-operator Jason Lafferty as its new chief executive officer, formally transitioning the company to third generation family leadership.

Founded in 1957, SnoTemp is one of the last remaining family-owned and operated cold storage companies in the region. Jason succeeds second generation owner-operators Pete and Mike Lafferty, both of whom remain active as board members.

“It’s always been our hope that the third generation would be part of the future of the company,” explains Mike Lafferty. “My brother Pete and I believe there are great advantages in family businesses. We’re happy and proud to see the next generation take the helm.”

Jason Lafferty graduated from Kenyon College with a biology degree and worked as a ski racing coach and whitewater guide before eventually returning to learn the business in 2001. Since then, he has progressively taken on more responsibility within the company, starting with warehouse and safety duties, to customer service and sales, and eventually serving as General Manager, where he oversaw significant freezer expansions.

“The third generation of SnoTemp has big shoes to fill,” says Jason Lafferty. “We’re committed to the region’s agricultural and food and beverage sectors, and intend to stay firmly rooted here to support the growth of those industries.”

Lafferty is joined by three other third generation owner-operators: Caroline Lafferty (Accounting and Resource Manager), Willie Lafferty (Facility Engineer), and Paula Lafferty, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Finance. In addition to her financial responsibilities, Paula leads the company’s technology efforts with a particular focus on improving customer experience and supply chain visibility.

Together, the third generation’s next goal is to continue the company’s expansion this year. SnoTemp is actively exploring opportunities to grow its Albany and Eugene facilities, possibly in conjunction with co-located processors.

“The future points to sustained growth for the industries we serve,” shares Jason Lafferty. “We’re looking as far down the road as possible to ensure we can continue to support the region’s emerging and growing brands, and continue to add quality jobs and play a strong role in our community.”

About SnoTemp Cold Storage
Founded in 1957, SnoTemp Cold Storage is a family-owned cold storage warehousing company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. The company is the critical cold storage link between local food processors and consumers, with more than 15 million cubic feet of climate-controlled space at its centrally located facilities along the I-5 corridor in Eugene and Albany, Oregon. Learn more at


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