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

Washington Legislature Extends Food Processing Business & Occupation Tax Exemption for Out-of-State Sales to 2025




Olympia, WA; July 1, 2015 – After months of hard work by Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and legislators, Washington State’s House and Senate approved Senate Bill 6057 with the state biennial budget. This bill extends the current Business & Occupation (B&O) tax exemption on out-ofstate sales for the food processing industry for 10 years, to 2025. This exemption will save Washington food processors around $6.6 million per year, making them more competitive nationally and globally.


Sustainability Micro Case Studies II: Submit your story

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Sustainable business practices are not a trend or fad; they are part of successful business growth and management. Food processing companies and their suppliers are adopting sustainable business models.

Many companies have invested in projects, both large and small, to become more sustainable, yet this work is practically unknown and unrecognized by the public, customers, and regulatory and policy decision-makers. The food processing industry is quite modest about its accomplishments and seldom talks about the actions of the industry and its suppliers of equipment, services and resources. Yet these actions have benefited our communities, our workers and the environment. The industry cares and is committed to making a difference. Unfortunately, many members of the public, customers, legislators and regulators assume that if companies have not communicated what they are doing to become more sustainable, they are not doing anything.



Connie Kirby earns Distinguished Service Award

Connie Kirby WebConnie Kirby Earns Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Food Safety Magazine has announced this year’s winner of their prestigious Distinguished Service Award. It is none other than our very own Connie Kirby! The award will be presented on Tuesday, July 28 at the Awards Reception and Banquet at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who best exemplify the characteristics of the dedicated food safety professional. The honored are recognized by members of the profession for their collective work in promoting and advancing science-based solutions for food safety issues. No one better exemplifies these award qualifications than Connie.


Her outstanding commitment to food safety is reflected in her unparalleled contributions past and present to the Northwest food processing community, particularly her impact on food safety leadership, regulatory affairs and communication, as well as advancing the knowledge and expertise of food safety professionals in our region.


I am hoping that many of you will be able to attend. We can help attendees from around the world understand how truly lucky we are to have had Connie working with the association and its members for so many years. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.


International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting
July 25-28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon
(Awards Reception and Banquet is in the evening of July 28)


ProcessPro Wins Bronze Stevie Award

Date: June 24, 2015
Contact: Kate Orbeck, Marketing Manager
Phone: (320) 252-0234

For Immediate Release

ProcessPro Wins Bronze Stevie Award in 2015 American Business Awards

St. Cloud, MN, June 24, 2015 – – ProcessPro, leading mid-market ERP software solution company, is proud to announce that ProcessPro employee, Danell Allenspach, Client Support Manager, has been presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Executive of the Year category in the 13th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago.
The American Business Awards are considered the nation’s preeminent business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

“We would like to congratulate Danell on this prestigious achievement. Her hard work and dedication to the Client Support team is worthy of this recognition,” stated Joe Blauert, ProcessPro CEO.
“We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “To those outstanding individuals and organizations that received Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the judges and I are honored to celebrate your many accomplishments. You are setting a high standard for professionals nationwide.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on June 22 are available at

About ProcessPro

ProcessPro is a leading mid-market ERP software solution for the process manufacturing industry. Designed specifically for manufacturers that combine batches of mixtures, ProcessPro seamlessly integrates all aspects of plant operation, from beginning order entry through manufacturing, packaging, shipping, inventory, and accounting. ProcessPro has been serving the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutritional supplement, cosmetic, and specialty chemical industries for more than 25 years. More information about ProcessPro is available at
About the Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal hires new Director of Human Resources

“Everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it.”
-Mark Twain


Media contact:
Kim Beeler | 503.908.0808

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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