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

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal received 4th consecutive Perfection honor

“Our vision is to be recognized as the best roofing and sheet metal company in the region.”
-Mark Carpenter, President, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal


Media contact:
Kim Beeler / 503.908.0808

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal receives fourth consecutive Perfection honor
Company president says he’s proud of 20 years, awards and people

TUALATIN, OR – (May 26, 2016) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, a leading specialty roofing contractor in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, is a recipient of Carlisle SynTec Systems’ 2016 Perfection Award. This is the fourth consecutive year Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal has earned the coveted award – offered annually to a small percentage of Carlisle’s top contractors. Columbia is also the recipient of the Perfection 10 Council and ESP award also given by Carlisle.

Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal President Mark Carpenter noted that his company was one of five Oregon contractors to receive this year’s award.

“I am proud of the people who contribute to the success of Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal,” Carpenter said. “The award represents the commitment that we all have to Columbia and to our customers. Our core values are: integrity, relationships, respect, results and safety. These core values produce the best results every day. We live by these core values and the Carlisle Perfection Award, for the fourth consecutive year, shows that the industry recognizes Columbia and the people who work here as the ‘best of the best.’ I am privileged to work with such great people.”

According to a Carlisle SynTec Systems’ press release, the Perfection Award recipients are selected based on a history of exceptional installation quality and excellent warranty claim performance. The award is Carlisle’s way to acknowledge and thank contractors for whom perfection is the highest priority. To qualify, contractors must complete a minimum amount of warranted work and number of jobs per year. There were 171 Perfection Award winners nationwide; 28 in the Northwest region.

“Carlisle appreciates contractors who are committed to providing top-quality workmanship,” said Nick Shears, Carlisle’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Contractors who receive Carlisle’s Perfection Award demonstrate their dedication to excellence on each and every installation, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal exemplifies this philosophy.”


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

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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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


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