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

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
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JE Grote Company Announces First Chief Development Officer

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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.”


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.


Technology & Sustainability Workshop in Quincy, Washington


Northwest Food Processors Association to Hold Regional Technology & Sustainability Workshop in Quincy, Washington

Port of Quincy, Grant County EDC and Columbia Colstor to Sponsor Event

Quincy, Wash. - Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), in partnership with Washington State Department of Agriculture, Port of Quincy, Grant County EDC and Columbia Colstor, is conducting a Food Manufacturing Technologies & Sustainability Workshop on December 4, 2014 at Cave B Winery in Quincy, Washington.  

In particular, the workshop will include discussions of training gaps and current needs and challenges facing the industry in the region.  Additionally, in response to increasing customer requirements for water, safety, energy and environmental programs, NWFPA will also have sessions devoted to sustainability practices and resources available to food processors, including water efficiency training, and NWFPA’s Sustainability Guide, Energy Roadmap, an energy management guide for food processors.

The greater Quincy, Washington area is in the heart of major food processing region in central Washington which includes frozen French fries, frozen vegetables, frozen juice concentrate, nutriceutical manufacturing, and snack food and beverage manufacturing, etc.  Several food processing and nutriceutical companies are located in the Port of Quincy and/or in Grant County.   Furthermore, many value added industries such as cold storage warehousing (i.e..Columbia Colstor) and transportation and logistics companies have operations in the Quincy/Grant County area and provide the supply chain to help get the processed food and nutriceutical products to both domestic and export markets.

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For more information, email or call 503-327-2220.

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