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Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers EXPO & Conference


Janary 9 - 11, 2017


Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Portland, OR 97232


Northwest Food & Beverage World (formerly Northwest Food Processors Manufacturing Expo & Conference) is the marquee event for NWFPA. This regional show has a national impact on the food and beverage manufacturing industry. NWFPA cultivates an educational program for this 2 1/2 day event that addresses the real time needs of producers in areas such as food safety education, FSMA, the impact of Listeria on the industry, sustainable business growth, strength in marketing your brands, and equipment education, just to name a few of the 40+ sessions available.

Coupled with a strong educational track, the 200,000 square foot exhibit floor showcases cutting edge technology, production line equipment fundamental to the success of your line, leaders in packaging, hygiene and construction. With over 450 exhibit booths to visit, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for to make your business excel. 


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Saturday, January 7 8:30 Registration and light breakfast; 9 am - 5 pm Workshop 

Sunday, January 8

9:30 Coffee; 10 am - 4 pm workshop

Monday, January 9
7:30 Registration/light breakfast; 8 am - 3 pm Workshop; Expo Hall open 9 am – 4 pm 5 - 7 pm Expo Opening Reception (optional)

Registration Fee:  

$350 (NWFPA or RETA Members)

$495 (non RETA/NWFPA members)

*Fee includes Expo admittance, handouts, light breakfast, beverages.

Register online through the NWFPA Expo site or call Kerri Ragsdale at 503.327.2245. Course is limited to 40.

Manuals are not included at this price.  Recommended RETA books are IR1, IR2, and Basic Elect 2 and may be purchased from RETA using the Publications Order Form or online by visiting the RETA online store.

Optional Exam
Attendees who plan on obtaining RETA certification will work with Dan Reisinger at RETA,  ( to schedule the exam and complete all paperwork and payments prior to the exam.  Download the Certification Handbook and the Membership Application for more information or see the RETA website at

Key Learning Objectives
1. Understand basic principles of refrigeration and electricity as applied to industrial facilities for optimum efficiency 
2. Discuss function of major industrial refrigeration components, and systems
3. Review refrigeration/electrical controls, and applied schematics. 
4. Identify and review various types of industrial systems including DX, flooded, two-stage, overfeed, secondary, and cascade systems. 
5. Prepare students to take the national RETA exams (CARO, or CIRO)

Who Should Attend

Industrial ammonia refrigeration end users, operators, and facility managers
Plant / process engineers

Course Description: With a focus on maintenance, operation, and safety, this training will equip attendees with the knowledge and information necessary to take the RETA exam and help attendees improve the reliability of their refrigeration systems.  Course work will review three RETA course books: Industrial Refrigeration I, Industrial Refrigeration II, and Basics Electricity II. (Note-Students are expected to obtain the manuals on their own prior to the course). RETA is a nationally recognized standard for industrial plant refrigeration operators. Attendees will have to schedule and take the online CARO or CIRO exams following the training on their own time at their own expense.

Produced by Northwest Food Processors Association and sponsored by Wenatchee Valley College.  

Register online at NWFPA Expo site.  

Questions?  Contact Kerri Ragsdale at or Greg Jourdan at, 509.682.6637.

Boston, Massachusetts Safety Day


January 10, 2017


John W. McCormack - Federal Building (Region 1) Training Facility

5 Post Office Square

Suite 900

Boston, MA 02109


*Register today for this FREE event*


Agenda topics will include:

  • Hazard Analysis Quick Guide for emergency responders

  • Life Safety Plan for safe evacuation and rapid entry rescue

  • Setting Isolation and Protective Action Zones Dealing with downwind receptors

  • Health and emergency medical – proper decontamination

  • Valve and piping problems that leads to emergency events

  • Dealing with high pressure system circumstances

  • Mastering the emergency shut-down procedure

  • Ammonia demonstrations by ASTI and Airgas

  • Building readiness to engage the Hazmat Tech team

  • Integrating with public safety responders Presentation by Fire Service, EPA, OSHA 

Organizers and speakers volunteer their time; sponsors and exhibitors pay the cost of food, facilities, and materials. This allows us to put on the Safety Day for free.

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Click here for Information specific to ASTI Safety Days

    Ammonia Safety Day Goals - Participants Will:

    • Understand the properties of ammonia
    • Understand the threats, hazards and managing risks of ammonia
    • Learn operating and maintenance techniques
    • Learn practical steps to prevent injury when working on an ammonia system
    • Meet the local emergency responders and enforcement personnel that regulate the industry
    • Make new friends
    • Find new resources

      April 9th, 2015 - 11th Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania RETA Regional Training EXPO

      12th Annual Yuma Area Ammonia Safety Day 


      February 11, 2016


      Yuma Civic Auditorium

      1440 W Desert Hills Dr

      Yuma, AZ 85365


      Ammonia is a vital chemical to our modern lives - come learn to respect this chemical, and to appreciate it 



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