July-August 2015

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S ummer has just begun, and the heat is really picking up outside—and inside at the NWPCA. The NWPCA strategic plan is in place, and we've had record attendance from the past two year's conferences. This coming fall, the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. joins NWPCA to bring the "Lumber, Pallets and Recycling: NWPCA/AHMI Fall Plant Tours" to you in Charlotte, North Carolina from October 20-22, 2015. The Board of Directors just met in Annapolis, Maryland, to review operations and discuss the growing association business. Finally, the Congressional Mill Tour program got off to a great start with a Member of Congress visiting Bay Wood Products in Mobile, Alabama, and on July 2, 2015, Congressman Denham in Modesto, California, tours the Westside Pallet facility in Newman, California. The summer has just begun, and it's already hot. Read more about the NWPCA activities and announcements below. NWPCA Board of Directors—Orientation and Strategic Planning The NWPCA Board of Directors met in Annapolis, Maryland from June 17-19. Our elected leaders spent time on Board orientation and strategic planning, followed by a tour of the United States Naval Academy, the Alma Mater of NWPCA Chairman Jim Schwab, Class of '88 and Board member Jeff Lewis, Class of '70. The board was also honored to hear an inspirational presentation from Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMC (Ret.), Director of Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. Colonel Athens addressed, "Back to the Basics: the Fundamentals of Extraordinary Leadership." The Board agenda was filled with strategic and tactical items, including the association exploring the potential of creating an insurance captive company, and a draft fire code proposal to the National Fire Protection Association and the International Code Council related to the outside storage of pallets. The board also handled a number of long-term planning decisions, including an initial discussion on a five-year budget, future staffing needs, and investment policies for the association and The Pallet Foundation. The Board finalized the locations for our Annual Leadership Conference in 2017 (Tucson, AZ) and 2018 (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and established a framework for new and expanded collaboration with Virginia Tech. NWPCA's collaboration with CWPCA on Nature's Packaging and the association's comprehensive advocacy and external affairs activities were discussed in detail. Significant discussion also occurred regarding the Hardwood Checkoff 's exclusion of industrial products. Registration Opens for "L umber, Pallets & Recycling: NWPCA/AHMI Fall Plant Tours" Online registration is now open for the NWPCA/AHMI Fall Plant Tours from October 20-22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the first time, NWPCA is working in cooperation with the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) to facilitate tours of hardwood and softwood sawmills, and new 8 PalletCentral • July-August 2015 INSIDE NWPCA N W P C A A N N O U N C E M E N T S A N D U P C O M I N G E V E N T S

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