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As you've likely seen in the last series of PalletCentral issues, the association has recently concluded a comprehensive strategic planning process. That process engaged the entire membership and had us looking 5 to 10 years out. I'm excited about what we developed and am confident the plan will help guide us well into the future (the full plan is available at palletcentral.com). Looking into the future made me think a lot about our future workforce, our future industry structure, and what research, education and marketing we will need to be successful. And that line of thinking made me think of The Pallet Foundation. My family has been a long-time contributor to The Pallet Foundation because we believe that the founding ideals of The Pallet Foundation remain critical for the future success of the industry. For those that haven't seen or heard those ideals recently, they are: • To promote education and training, research and safety in the pallet industry • To promote education and training, research and the safe use of the pallet to the public at large. The Pallet Foundation Board has initiated an aggressive plan under development for 2015 that will greatly help us spread the word, and conduct critical research and outreach. More than a dozen volunteers are hard at work and I want to thank them in advance for their contribution to this industry. As you can expect, accomplishing the objectives will cost money. The Pallet Foundation's funding sources complement NWPCA's Strategic Plan, enabling even more outreach to universities, advancing our work on Nature's Packaging (in conjunction with the generous support of the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association), and conducting critical research. Our primary funding source has always been the entertaining auction at NWPCA's Annual Leadership Conference. Last year we raised a record $81,000 and are excited that the upcoming conference in Tucson, Arizona (March 11-13, 2015) will set another record. We are adding a fun golf tournament to the mix this year to further raise the profile and educate our membership on the great work of The Pallet Foundation. The auction alone doesn't provide enough funding to accomplish all our objectives. I ask you to consider expanding your company's contribution in 2015. All contributors will be recognized in an upcoming PalletCentral and at our Annual Leadership Conference. We also welcome trust and estate charitable contributions, and as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization there are significant tax advantages (contact your tax advisor for additional information). It is an exciting time to be Chairman of this association. Our course is clear, and with unified commitment to the association and The Pallet Foundation, our future is strong. Thank you for your support of NWPCA and The Pallet Foundation. Sincerely, P U B L I S H E D B Y T H E N A T I O N A L W O O D E N P A L L E T & C O N T A I N E R A S S O C I A T I O N BOARD OFFICERS Chairman Steven Yelland, J.F. Rohrbaugh Co., Inc. Chairman-Elect James Schwab, Pallet Logistics of America Past Chair Joe O'Brien, Industrial Pallet, LLC Secretary/Treasurer Steven Mazza, S & B Pallet Co., Inc. Director at Large Larry Howell Jr., Cottondale Wood Products President/CEO Brent J. McClendon, CAE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathleen Dietrich, Commercial Lumber & Pallet Keith Geiges, Treen Box & Pallet Corporation Frederic Haman, Tampa Pallet Company Lloyd Harper, Conner Industries, Inc. Bernie Kamps, Kamps, Inc. Larry Konz, Konz Wood Products Paul Lovett, Lovett Pallet Recycling, LLC M. Jordan Piland, Atlas Pallets/A Division of Williamsburg Millwork Corp. Bill Schneider, Remmey – The Pallet Company Frank Shean, Valley Pallet Incorporated Patrick Sherry, Nepa Pallet and Container Co., Inc. John Swenby, Paltech Group – Paltech Enterprises, Inc. Shane Thompson, WestWind Logistics, LLC James D. Wilson, Bay Wood Products, Inc. Matthew Yancey, Dominion Pallet Company, Inc. International Director Eva Karlsson, Ece-Pak, Inc. Associate's Representative Scott Harrington, Rotochopper, Inc. International Director Emeritus Jan Fredell, Fredells Travaru AB 2014 SEASON SPONSORS Brewer Machine & Parts, LLC tel: 800-345-6516 | brewerinc.com Kiln-Direct.com tel: 910-259-9794 | kiln-direct.com Mid Continent Nail Corporation tel: 800-867-6245 | magnumfasteners.com Pallet Machinery Group tel: 540-644-9220 | palletmachinery.com Pendu Manufacturing, Inc. tel: 717-354-4348 | pendu.com Profile Technology, Inc. tel: 800-369-4242 | profiletech.com Smart Products tel: 800-401-0099 | smartproductsinc.com Viking Engineering & Development tel: 800-328-2403 | vikingeng.com NWPCA CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE The Pallet Foundation – Driving Innovation, Outreach and a Celebration of Wood Packaging 6 PalletCentral • November-December 2014 palletcentral.com Steve Yelland, J.F. Rohrbaugh Co., Inc. NWPCA Chairman

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