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

WSU/UI Food Science Program Students

Looking for a new hire? Review resumes of students in the Food Science program at University of Idaho/Washington State University. 



2015 Northwest Food Processors Expo + Conference

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Just released! Read about all the programming and exhibitors in the 2015 Expo + Conference registration guide. New this year: Keynote is Jake Nichol of Leatherman Tools, Mentoring Session, Welcome Reception with hundreds of attendees, expanded Taste of the Northwest, sessions devoted to Waste Water, Emerging Technology, Affordable Care Act update and so much more! Download the guide, and register.

NWFPA, in partnership with AKT, Recognizes Truitt Family Foods


Salem, Ore., October 3, 2014 -- In honor of MFG Day 2014, Northwest Food Processors Association has partnered with AKT CPAs, Advisors, and Consultants to award a Certificate of Recognition to Truitt Family Foods


To celebrate the recognition of this outstanding manufacturing member, AKT is making a donation to the non-profit organization Impact NW’s Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school-aged children designed to address industry workforce needs, help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing.  AKT is a proud sponsor of MFG Day 2014, a national celebration of the manufacturing industry demonstrating the potential of modern manufacturing, and the opportunity for careers.


“AKT wants to do its part to both honor manufacturers and participate in efforts to help with the skilled labor challenges they face,” said Chad Summers, AKT Manufacturing Business Advisor.


Food processing is the second largest sector in Oregon, with one in eight jobs in the state in the food industry. And they are good jobs – stable with salaries above the state’s average. Today’s food making operations are high-tech, running 24 hours a day, and embrace innovations in food science and nutrition, representing the modern manufacturer.


NWFPA noted Truitt Family Foods’ shift from a traditional cannery to a new line of bean products in response to consumer demand. “In the last year, Peter Truitt has innovated his product line, renovated the company’s 100-year old food processing facility, invested in the community of Salem, and provided stable employment to its roughly 70 employees. “Truitt Family Foods is a shining example of how value-added food production contributes to the Oregon economy and its communities,” said David McGiverin, Interim President, NWFPA.


“We think it’s our responsibility to create year-round opportunities for employment in the food making sector. We are honored to be selected by the NWFPA. It’s a real tribute to our operations team,” said Peter Truitt.


NWFPA and AKT Manufacturing  are actively involved in the manufacturing sector.  Together these organizations strive to provide resources, education, advocacy, and assistance to help manufacturers take on the challenges and opportunities they face.




Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal 'raises roof'


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Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal ‘raises roof’ at retirement facility in La Conner, WA
Roofing company’s new WA office also reaches one-year anniversary

TUALATIN, OR – (Oct. 7, 2014) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal (CR&SM), a leading Oregon commercial roofing company, recently completed a new roof project at the La Conner Retirement Inn, a local senior living community with assisted and independent living. The facility is located at 204 North First St. in La Conner, WA.

Columbia Roofing’s Superintendent Peter Perin noted that the new TPO roofing membrane system for flat roofs is a complete replacement project of the town’s tallest building. CR&SM President Mark Carpenter said his company works in four states supporting the long term care industry.

“Let’s face it roofing is not the most exciting event at a senior care facility, so we offer association support, charity events, and even car shows to help the end of life experience to be the best,” Carpenter noted. “We engage the management staff as well as the residents as the project unfolds for their input and for their involvement. For the residents it is something new and they seem to enjoy watching the activity.”

According to a La Conner Retirement Inn press release, construction on the roof began on August 4th. It announced: “Executive Director Amanda McDade is making efforts to improve the local La Conner community along with working to improve her senior living community.” The retirement property’s parent company is Radiant Senior Living. For more information, please visit or


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. The company follows strict safety policies in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Division) and it is a preferred partner with SafePro. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal 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. You may also follow us at:

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WSU Scholarships for Employees in Manufacturing

Washington State University received funding for $750,000 in scholarships for current employees in manufacturing at qualifying companies. Scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate certificates in the Engineering and Technology Management program. 


To learn more visit: or email Joanne Buteau at


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