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1 2 PalletCentral • November-December 2014 palletcentral.com Capitol Hill Corner By Patrick Atagi, NWPCA Vice President, Advocacy & External Affairs W hen I finished putting pen to paper for this article, eleven weeks have transpired since I started at NWPCA. My focus has been on NWPCA's core value, "To provide an environment for our members to succeed while promoting the wood pallet and wood packaging industry" and strategic plan which focuses on three main areas, (1) Advocacy, (2) Pallet Design System™, and (3) Communications. It's been a whirlwind of activity in support of the core value and advocacy – Capitol Hill visits, Recyclers Conference, and one-on-one meetings logging over 700 miles to meet with members in their home states of Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. What I have learned so far? What a great industry with even better people. Thank you for the hospitality and willingness to give your time. I have much to learn, but so far it's been a phenomenal start and enabled me to 'hit the ground running.' In my first few weeks, I attended and actively participated in two Congressional Fly- Ins. The first was with long time NWPCA partner, the Hardwood Federation; the second was with new NWPCA partner, the United Fresh Produce Association. An added benefit to this new partnership is that NWPCA is now a member of the United Logistics and Supply Chain Management Committee and Food Safety Committee – two areas of interest for NWPCA and its members. NWPCA also met INSIDE NWPCA Congressional Fly-In with the Hardwood Federation. At J&B Pallet in Pennsylvania.

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