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 Sunday, January 11
 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Pre-Registration at DoubleTree Hotel
 
 Monday, January 12
 
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM    Manufacturing and Producing Locally While Competing Globally: Success Without Compromising Values

Companies that create and produce products locally often find themselves disadvantaged by low-cost country producers. Low wage and tax rates, lax regulatory enforcement, corruption and piracy seemingly create an uneven playing field for U.S. producers. As CEO and President of The Leatherman Tool Group, Jake Nichol attacked these obstacles with an all-out assault, including a relentless new approach to innovation, carefully listening to their customers, leveraging and enhancing their brands, and significantly reducing manufacturing costs through lean manufacturing efficiencies and waste elimination. 

During Mr. Nichol's tenure, Leatherman tripled in size and revenue, and has been recognized as one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers, Top Manufacturers and Leading Exporters. For the past seven years, it has been named as one of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies.

Portland Ballroom 252/253 - Oregon Convention Center
 
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM    RETA Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) Review Course (2-day class)

This two-day training session provides a review of materials that may be included in the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association's (RETA) new Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) exam. CRES is a specialist certification that gives refrigeration system operators the ability to find and implement cost-saving energy efficiency opportunities. Certification involves passing a CRES exam and completing and documenting five low and no-cost energy efficiency activities. Professionals who become CRES certified have the skills and capabilities to optimize energy efficiency at their plants. CRES professionals also gain a competitive edge and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. This course is not a review of the exam, but rather an overview of relevant information. Following the review course, attendees may elect to sit for the RETA CRES certification exam. For details on arranging for the exam, contact Scott Henderson at RETA at scott@reta.com.

D134 - Oregon Convention Center
 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Expo Hall Open
 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM    Visit the Expo Hall on Your Lunch Break
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Sample Display - Sponsored by Silgan Containers and National Sugar Marketing

A traditional cutting where the attendees of Expo can test their judging skills against the USDA to win cash prizes. Join NWFPA on the Expo Hall floor to see what food processors have brought to show. Take a moment to view the latest research projects from OSU as well.

The Forum - Oregon Convention Center
 
 Tuesday, January 13
 
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM    Creating a culture of food safety: It starts in the boardroom

 

Quality is a concept that starts at the executive level, and that's where food safety begins, too. Executives and board members must understand that nothing is more important than the brand. In a world of viral social media, one incident can cause extensive damage to the brand's reputation and the company's bottom line. Paula Marshall, CEO of her family's business, The Bama Companies, is a proponent of educating and training all members of the organization so that food safety is not only a number one priority but also part of the company culture.

The Bama Companies provide frozen baked goods to large-scale restaurant chains. At the helm of Bama since 1985, Marshall has grown the organization to a $300 million company. It won the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award for Quality in 2004 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and has been hailed as a leader in the baking industry.

Marshall, who holds a doctorate in Commercial Science, was named by the Oklahoma Journal Record as one of the state's most admired CEOs, and by Industry Week Magazine as one of the Top Ten CEOs in the U.S. She is the author of three books, Finding the Soul of Big Business, Sweet as Pie, Tough as Nails, and her newest release, The Executive Entrepreneur, coauthored with The New York Times bestselling author, Jim Stovall.

Portland Ballroom 252/253 - Oregon Convention Center
 
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM    RETA Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) Review Course (2-day class)

This two-day training session provides a review of materials that may be included in the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association's (RETA) new Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) exam. CRES is a specialist certification that gives refrigeration system operators the ability to find and implement cost-saving energy efficiency opportunities. Certification involves passing a CRES exam and completing and documenting five low and no-cost energy efficiency activities. Professionals who become CRES certified have the skills and capabilities to optimize energy efficiency at their plants. CRES professionals also gain a competitive edge and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. This course is not a review of the exam, but rather an overview of relevant information. Following the review course, attendees may elect to sit for the RETA CRES certification exam. For details on arranging for the exam, contact Scott Henderson at RETA at scott@reta.com.

D134 - Oregon Convention Center
 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Expo Hall Open
 
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM    Innovative Dry Lubricant Increases Sustainability Practices

In the food and beverage industry, it is common for a water/biocide/soap mixture to be applied as a lubricant to conveyor belts. Along with contributing to a manufacturing plant’s water footprint, using water-based lubricants also causes microbiological growth, corrosion, wet and slippery floors, and soggy and damaged boxes. Plants utilizing wet lubricants in their operational systems consume a tremendous amount of water each year, dissipating any diligent water conservation efforts within the food and beverage industry. A case study was conducted in a large bottling facility, evaluating a novel dry lubricant (Propel ST™) versus a standard water-based lubricant to determine the water conservation benefits over a three-month period. At the conclusion of the study period, the results demonstrated that the innovative dry lubricant, which was implemented in 60% of the facility’s equipment, reduced the plant’s water consumption by 815,550 gallons in the three-months of usage. Projecting forward, continued use of the dry lube in sixty percent of the client’s equipment would reduce the plant’s water consumption by 3,262,200 gallons per year and by over 5 million gallons per year with implementation of the dry lube in 100% of the facility’s equipment. Such water conservation not only greatly diminishes the plant’s fresh water footprint and its environmental impact on sewage, but also reduces the amount of potential bacterial growth on the conveyors due to the absence of water. This study demonstrates that the implementation of a dry lube such as that used in this trial is a very effective means to significantly reduce the amount of water consumption in a food and beverage processing facility and to establish a preventative control for bacterial growth on conveyor belts.

The Forum - Oregon Convention Center
 
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM    Ball in the Hall - Portland Thunder and Oregon Food Bank Member Services - Oregon Convention Center
 
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM    Update on Prop 65

Prop 65 is the regulatory process in California that requires manufacturers (and food producers) to label their product under certain circumstances if they contain chemicals listed by the state as carcinogenic or mutagenic. The circumstances of when a food product requires labeling will be discussed. Additionally the state has proposed new regulations that effect the manner in which warnings are to be given and under what circumstances. The proposed rules which may be final by the EXPO will be discussed as well as their ramifications to producers. The Green Chemistry regulations will also be discussed. These rules requires that products with certain identified "hazardous" chemicals be reformulated to exclude the chemicals or explain why they cannot be taken out.

The Forum - Oregon Convention Center
 
 Wednesday, January 14
 
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM    7th Annual Northwest Industrial Energy Summit*

7th Annual Northwest Industrial Energy Summit*

The program will again feature a dynamic keynote with inspiring ideas for Summit attendees. Also, back by popular demand, the Overview of the Northwest Programs and Resources provides opportunities for one-on-one discussions with energy program providers about training, services and incentives that can help you save energy.

Additional fee: $195

 
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Oregon Business Leadership Meeting - Invitation Only
 
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM    Food Buyer Panel

Facilitated by Ecotrust’s FoodHub Vice President, Amanda Oborne, food buyers will share valuable insights and provide answers to pressing questions. How do you go about gaining distribution for your products? What are buyers, food service managers and retailers looking for in a new product? What are the common pitfalls encountered when courting buyers, and how do you avoid them? A Q&A session follows, providing emerging food processors the rare opportunity to gain buyer insight, compare notes and make connections.

D137/138 - Oregon Convention Center
 
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Expo Hall Open
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM    Mentoring Session - Small Business Day

Gain insight and valuable resource from 5 key leaders in the industry.

The Forum - Oregon Convention Center
 
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM    SQF V.7.2 Implementing SQF Systems Training*

Training Course being held at the DoubleTree Hotel - Lloyd Center. Please check in at the Registration Desk in Pre-Function Hall D to get your badge.

*Additional registration fee

Double Tree Lloyd Center - Meeting Space - Double Tree Lloyd Center - Meeting Space
 
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM    Energy Summit Breakout: Energy Baselining and Tracking

What roles do whole-facility energy baselines and performance monitoring play in the effective implementation of strategic energy management? Hear from a panel of experts who will share their experiences applying the tools of monitoring, targeting and reporting in industrial organizations. The session will cover best-practices from the past, and a discussion on future methods and technologies.

 

E147/148 - Oregon Convention Center
 
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM    Energy Summit Breakout: Overview of Northwest Programs & Resources

The Northwest offers a wide variety of programs, resources and other industrial energy efficiency support offerings. Representatives from local utilities, state energy
offices, program delivery organizations, and other regional and federal energy efficiency agencies will be on hand to help you learn more about the resources your
plant qualifies for, and how to tap into them.

E145/146 - Oregon Convention Center
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Expo Hall - Guided Tour The Forum - Oregon Convention Center
 
 Thursday, January 15
 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    SQF V.7.2 Implementing SQF Systems Training*

Training Course being held at the DoubleTree Hotel - Lloyd Center. Please check in at the Registration Desk in Pre-Function Hall D to get your badge.

*Additional registration fee



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