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8 PalletCentral • January-February 2018 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 nwPCA's President/Ceo to Serve on nAM's CMA Board of directors N WPCA President/CEO Brent McClendon has been elected to serve on the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons commented, "I'm looking forward to working with NWPCA to secure progress in 2018, particularly on core issues like infrastructure investment, further regulatory reforms and workforce development. Americans are eager to see more manufacturing growth in this country, and the CMA's work is essential to achieving that goal in this constantly evolving political environment." Made up of more than 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations, the CMA is a powerful assembly of manufacturers and a vital arm of the NAM. The CMA members work with NAM to unite the manufacturing community, and ultimately the broader business community, around strategies for increased manufacturing job creation, investment and innovation in America. McClendon's election was made official during the January 2018 NAM CMA Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. nwPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual In early January, the association released its newest industry resource, the "NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual" for the Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets. This free manual provides vol- untary guidelines for pallet manufacturing and recycling facilities to assist them with compliance of the new fire codes published in the 2018 Editions of the International Fire Code (IFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1). The manual (80+ pages) is an invaluable industry-wide free resource. There are templates for site plans, fire prevention policies and pallet storage plans for plant managers, supervisors and other employees, that can be easily downloaded and adapted for your specific facility and put into your own company branding. The manual is the result of nearly 3 years' work from fire code experts and industry to accurately reflect proven best practices. The "NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual" allows industry to build safety programs that safeguard its workers and the community. Read more on pages 16-17, and download the manual at manual. nwPCA Adds More Languages for PdS NWPCA has extended the translation list of Pallet Design System™ (PDS) user interface and print-out report materials to now include seven languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese, and Dutch. To strengthen the existing partnership agreements with the Sweden Forest Industries Federation, and the Dutch wooden pallet and packaging industry association, (EPV), the NWPCA Board of Directors validated its earlier decision of offering PDS in four languages to now include seven. "These specific language selections fit seamlessly with our rapid global expansion and future plans, while helping provide additional value to our diverse user-profile in the U.S. and worldwide," commented Brent McClendon, NWPCA's President/CEO. nature's Packaging® video Connecting the dots on healthy forests, healthy markets, and healthy communities, and the role the wood packaging sector plays, NWPCA began production of a collaborative video with several leading organizations. Filming has begun with participation from the following: Tom Martin, President and CEO, The American Forest Foundation; Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund; Jay Farrell, Executive Director, The

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