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

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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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


Evann Remington named 2015 Outstanding Young Professional

small evannWow! We're so proud of Evann Remington of NWFPA member Fresh N' Local Foods on her recognition as the 2015 Outstanding Young Professional at the First Citizen Awards from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Evann's infectious energy makes her a delight to work with on critical issues that affect Oregon's food and beverage companies. Fresh N' Local's mission to bring nutritious, local food to kids across the region is inspiring! Congratulations and thank you for you hard work, Evann!

See the suprise video here:

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ConAgra expands operations in Oregon

LambWestonHashbrowns 300x191ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Boardman, Oregon. The $30 million investment will add additional processing capacity for making formed products such as hash brown patties and potato puffs, ConAgra said. The addition of the line at the company’s existing facility is expected to add 50 jobs.


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Listeria Control Workshop draws national support

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Listeria Control Workshop draws national support and speakers
in effort to increase food safety, prevent outbreaks
Northwest Food Processors Association and the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention combine forces to help food, beverage and agriculture companies control spread of bacteria

March 15, 2016. Portland OR – In a recent survey of agricultural, food and beverage businesses, the most frequent answer to the question, “What keeps you awake at night?” was food safety and pathogen issues. In response, the Northwest Food Processors Association, along with the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention, is hosting a Pacific Northwest Listeria Control Workshop, May 2-3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

Topics will cover environmental monitoring programs, sampling protocols, equipment challenges, troubleshooting and crisis preparedness. Among the presenters are Dr. Mickey Parish, senior advisor of the Federal Drug Administration; Donna Garren, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs, American Frozen Foods Institute; Dr. John Butts, president, Food Safety and Design; Kate Woods, vice president of the Northwest Horticulture Council; and Dr. Dave Gombas, vice president of technical services, United Fresh Produce Association.


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