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Association 2014 – Committee Projects and Priorities T he convention kicked-off on Saturday, March 1 with a full slate of committee meetings that are helping define goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Multiple task forces were created to help the association develop proposals and file comments on a wide range of issues in front of the industry. Discussion in one committee centered around the Food Safety Modernization Act, while others began to roll up their sleeves on drafting best practices and proposals for idle pallet storage for the International Code Council's consideration. Other committees helped kick-off a Congressional Plant Tour program, developed strategies to reach out to the associations that represent major pallet users (food, beverage, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, residential construction, etc.) and detailed exciting new marketing initiatives, including a complete website overhaul and new sites for Nature's Packaging and The Pallet Foundation. The Recyclers Council spent time preparing for an upcoming workshop with the American Lumber Standards Committee on an ISPM-15 stamp obliteration concern. Committee participation is open to all members and is a great way to meet and network with your peers. Just drop a note of interest to and we'll help match you up with the committee of your preference. We are quite excited to build off this enthusiasm at the next ALC, scheduled March 11-13, 2015 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring the entire family. Additional changes are already in the works to give even greater time for networking with your peers, including a golf tournament to benefit The Pallet Foundation. NATIONAL WOODEN PALLET AND CONTAINER ASSOCIATION NWPCA STAFF President/CEO Brent J. McClendon, CAe, @NWPCA PDS ™ and Membership Services Manager susan Cheney, Communication and Education Director Annette Ferri, @PalletCentral Technical and PDS™ Manager Brad Gething, Phd, @NWPCAtech Sales Director Joni leonardo, @NWPCA_sales Director of The Pallet Design System™ John A. Mcleod iii, Vice President of Operations and Events isabel ("Mimi") sullivan, PDS™ Software Engineer Curtis Wilkes, Advertising: to advertise in PalletCentral, contact Joni leonardo at 703-519-6104 or Address changes and subscriptions: to update your mailing address or to subscribe to PalletCentral, call 703-519-6104 or email Reprints and back issues: to order article reprints or request reprint permission, please e-mail order back issues by calling 703-519-6104. PALLETCENTRAL, Volume 14, Number 2. © Copyright 2014 by NWPCA All rights reserved. the views expressed in all articles, editorials and advertisements appearing in PalletCentral are solely those of the author and advertiser, respectively, and do not necessarily represent the views of NWPCA. NWPCA PalletCentral March-April 2014 9

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