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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


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.

Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals Earn National and Company Recognition

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Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals
Earn National and Company Recognition

Tacoma, Wash. (March 12, 2015) – A quartet of Sprague Pest Solutions service professionals have earned recognition for their dedication and professional prowess in solving their clients’ pest management problems.

Technical Director Jeff Weier, National Accounts Manager Ray Mannello and Service Technician Jeremy Lesser were honored recently as Operations Manager, Salesman of the Year and Technician of the Year, respectively, at the Copesan annual meeting in St. Augustine, Florida. Copesan is a national pest management service provider that sells and service national commercial facilities.

Sprague also honored Adam Grendon, a service technician in the company’s Seattle, Wash., service center as Sprague Pest Solutions’ 2014 Technician of the Year recipient.

All four honorees bring extensive experience to their positions offer more than 60 years of combined pest management sales, service and technical know-how to bear on behalf of Sprague’s clients. Weier, one of the pest management industry’s foremost experts on stored product pest management, is no stranger to national recognition as he was named by Pest Control Technology magazine as a Crown Leadership Award winner in 2006.

“The recognition of Jeff Weier, Ray Mannello, Jeremy Lesser and Adam Grendon speaks volumes to the commitment each has to their profession, their clients and to the respect they have earned from their peers both inside Sprague and across the country,” says Alfie Treleven, CEO and president of Sprague Pest Solutions. “We are fortunate to have such talented, dedicated individuals on our team.”

Sprague Pest Solutions provides vital pest management and consulting services to leading food service and processing, healthcare, hospitality, education, agriculture, education and multi-family housing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Inter-Mountain regions. It operates service centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

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About Sprague Pest Solutions

Founded in 1926, Sprague Pest Solutions ( is a fourth-generation, family-owned company. It is the 29th largest pest management company in the United States on the 2014 Pest Control Technology magazine Top 100 List, an annual compilation of the leading pest management companies in the U.S. and Canada. It is Copesan partner ( and specializes in providing preventive and remedial pest management services to clients in the highly regulated food processing and service industries.

Media Contacts:

Carrie Thibodeaux
Sprague Pest Solutions
253/405-2590 /

Jeff Fenner
B Communications
440/525-1840 /

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