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MWFPA Changes Name To Midwest Food Products Association
In a move to better represent its growing membership, MWFPA has changed its name to the Midwest Food Products Association.

The move was made on the recommendation of the association's Board of Directors and was voted upon by the membership at its annual meeting held at the MWFPA convention last week.  The MWFPA's mission is to enhance and promote the business interests of the Midwest food products industry in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. 
The "food processing "moniker was created in 1980s at a time when the association primarily advocated on behalf of a variety of processing and packaging technologies - including drying, canning and freezing. In the last few years the association's emphasis shifted to focus on an increasingly broad range of members - companies that produce fruits, beans, vegetables, juices, meat, poultry, sauces, cheeses, snacks, nuts, seasonings, and many other foods.
The new name was approved by the Board of Directors, which includes leaders from various aspects of the food manufacturing  industry, and was voted upon by the membership. The association's logo will remain the same except that the title will now read Midwest Food Products Association.
Read the MWFPA news release here.
MWFPA Annual Convention Attracts Over 1,000 Registrants
This year's MWFPA Convention & Expo was held November 29 - December 1, 2016 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, bringing together over 1,000 industry professionals from the Midwest and the around the U.S.

The trade show included the ever popular Big Prize Raffle and Expo Cash giveaways while the convention featured the 3rd annual Silent Auction, educational sessions and industry networking events.  Over 150 industry suppliers exhibited cutting-edge equipment, technology and services on the expo floor.

The All Industry Reception Tuesday night was jam packed with convention goers and was a time for industry friends and acquaintances to relax, have fun and celebrate all of the past year's successes.

Wednesday kick-off breakfast welcomed business trainer Roger Seip who left a lasting impression on many.  He gave an entertaining presentation on how to 'train your brain for success."

Wednesday's luncheon welcomed back former DEA agent Bob Stutman.  This was the third time Bob has addressed our group on the pervasiveness and threat of drug addiction in our families and in our workplaces.

Thursday's Safety Breakfast welcomed leadership development trainer John Graci and featured the winners of the 2015 MWFPA Safety Contest receiving recognition plaques to those member plants having the best safety records.

Breakout sessions hosted a handful of hot industry topics including OSHA, FSMA, FDA, to developing leaders and strategies that can be adopted to save operational costs.  All sessions were impressively attended and received positive reviews all around.

The always popular Silent Auction held during the Chairman's Reception Wednesday evening raised an estimated $6,000 for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund, which supports higher education for the children of MWFPA members each year.  Attendees bid on power equipment, a Green Bay Packer autographed football, sports tickets, golf outings, electronics and many unique items.

Something "wild" occurred at the Chairman's Reception when a number of exotic animals were brought in for attendees. Not only memorable, these animals created an educational experience for both children and adults who were allowed to come in close contact with the animals. Among the animals shown were a two-toed sloth, a baby kangaroo, a bobcat, a large tortoise and snake. 

The convention ended on a magical note with magician Ken Mate who seemed to be continuously in motion as he performed card tricks with the proficiency of a master magician and comedy with the timing of the best nightclub comic.

Thank you to all the attendees, our sponsors (featured along the left hand side of this news bulletin) the Board of Directors, AMO and the Convention Committee. We could not have pulled it off without your support. Your assistance makes this event bigger and better every year.

The AMO and Convention Committees will soon begin planning for next year.  We look forward to a new and exciting convention and expo being held November 28-30 in Rochester, MN at the newly remodeled Mayo Civic Center.
More photos from the convention may be viewed at MWFPA's Facebook photo page.

Yanda Receives 49ers Distinguished Service Award
David Yanda (L) is presented with the 49ers Distinguished Service Award by Brian Scott of Reyco Systems, Inc.

David Yanda, retired Lakeside Foods' president and CEO, received the 49ers Distinguished Service Award at the MWFPA convention for his outstanding service to the food processing and allied industries.

David's career with Lakeside spanned 43 years in various sales and management roles, culminating in his election as president and CEO in 2008. Under his leadership, Lakeside received numerous industry and customer awards as a leader in the private label canned and frozen vegetable industry.

In addition, he successfully led the company's diversification program in which product lines were expanded and new markets entered. He has served on the Boards of the Midwest Food Processors Association, the American Frozen Food Institute (former chairman), the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Canned Vegetable Council (former president).

Congratulations David and best wishes on your retirement! 

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Federal Judge Blocks Rule Extending Overtime Pay
A federal judge blocked an Obama Administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages.

The rule, issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), was to take effect December 1, 2016 and would have doubled to $47,500 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay.

The DOL filed a motion for an expedited briefing of its appeal of the judge's decision.
President-elect Donald Trump may withdraw the DOL's appeal of a preliminary blocking of the federal overtime rule if there hasn't been a decision on the appeal by Inauguration Day. But there's a slight chance the appeal will be decided before Jan. 20, though every day that goes by without an order on the appeal makes the chance of it "exponentially narrower," said Eric Magnus, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in Atlanta.

Read more from the Society for Human Resource Management.  

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MN Special Session Signaled
On the heels of news that Minnesota's projected budget surplus is expected to top $1.4 billion, legislative leaders and the governor signaled they might be ready to come together for a special session.

Read more from the Rochester Post-Bulletin. 

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IL Lawmakers Finish Veto Review, Pass Energy Bill
The IL House and Senate convened from November 29 - December 1 for the second and final week of the 2016 fall Veto Session.

Several issues received debate and votes, but no progress was made to advance a budget deal for the second half of the 2017 fiscal year. The current budget only funds human service programs and operational expenses of state agencies through the end of December. 
A significant energy bill (SB 2814 - Sen. Rose, R-Champaign/Rep. Rita, D-Blue Island) benefiting two nuclear plants operated by Exelon that will raise electricity rates on IL residents and businesses was approved by both chambers. Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the bill into law.

The House and Senate also released their calendars of session days for 2017. House Calendar
Senate Calendar
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IL House Votes To Curb Tax Increases During Lame Duck Session
Two resolutions intended to prevent the passage of tax increases during the "lame duck" session were approved by the IL House. The "lame duck" session includes the few days in January, following the November election, when the outgoing General Assembly convenes before the next General Assembly is sworn into office.
On Wednesday, November 30, the House approved HR 1494 (Rep. McSweeney, R-Barrington) by a vote of 87-12.  The resolution states that the House of Representatives is opposed to the consideration or passage of any income tax increase during the 2017 lame duck session. 
On Thursday, December 1, the IL House approved HJRCA 62 (Rep. Franks, D-Woodstock) by a vote of 84-18.  This constitutional amendment would require a three-fifths majority in both chambers to approve any bill that would result in the increase of revenue to the State by an increase of a tax on income or the selling price of any item of tangible personal property or any service.  The three-fifths majority would apply at any time between the November general election and the inauguration of the new General Assembly.

In order for HJRCA 62 to be approved, the Senate would have to approve the resolution before the new General Assembly is seated at noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

MWFPA Offers Exclusive Property & Casualty Insurance Program For Members
The Midwest Food Processors Association is pleased to announce that MWFPA members now have access to an exclusive insurance program that is written specifically for our industry.  With assistance from the risk management firm Hays Companies, this program offers a customized Property and Casualty insurance program.

The program offers a complete insurance program for all business types, from processor to manufacturers, logistics to wholesaler and anything in between.  No market segment is excluded, and no organization is too large or too small.  

Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:

Our main contact for the program is Brad Van Swol and he can be reached via:
Phone: (414) 290-3581

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
May 31 - June 1, 2017MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble.Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI

October 5, 2017MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge. Milford Hills Hunt Club, Johnson Creek, WI.

November 28 - 30, 2017MWFPA 113th Annual Convention and 90th Processing Crops Conference.  Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN.

Other Educational Opportunities
February 13-17, 2017Industrial Refrigeration Workshop. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. This one-week course is intended for those who make decisions such as the purchase of new components, and the enlargement or modification of the plant. Manufacturers of components learn how their products fit into the entire system. For more information, click here.
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