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

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


Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals Earn National and Company Recognition

Media Release

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 /

David McGiverin Named President of NWFPA

For Immediate Release

David McGiverin Named President
of Northwest Food Processors Association

Portland, Ore. Feb. 23, 2015. The Northwest Food Processers Association (NWFPA) today named David McGiverin as President. McGiverin has been with the NWFPA for nearly eight years, representing members on policies regarding sustainability, environmental and workforce productivity and has been serving as interim president since August 2014.


JE Grote Company Announces First Chief Development Officer

 Tom Mathues














For immediate release


Columbus, OH - March 16, 2015

Thomas P. Mathues is named to the position of Chief Development Officer of the
JE Grote Company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, effective immediately. In this newly created role Mathues will be responsible for identifying, and bringing to fruition, globally based business opportunities within the company’s focus of industrial food equipment. He most recently served as President of the Vanmark Division of the
JE Grote Company. He will report to the Company’s CEO, Bob Grote.

Concurrently, Jason L. Davis is named as General Manager of the Creston, Iowa activities of the Vanmark Division. Davis was most recently Operations Manager in Creston. Wes Jacobs, General Manager for the Boise, Idaho activities of Vanmark Division will continue in his current role. Together they will report to Bob Grote.




Travis Pearson Named President & CEO of DePaul Industries


Travis Pearson Named President & CEO of DePaul Industries

Portland, Oregon (February 9, 2015) – Travis Pearson has been named President & CEO of Portland-based DePaul Industries by the social enterprise’s Board of Directors. 

“Over the past five years, DePaul Industries has grown significantly and engaged in new entrepreneurial ventures, all to support our mission of employing people with disabilities,” Pearson said. “I look forward to continuing this growth as CEO.”


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