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Chef's Selection
As part of NAFEM's long-term partnership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Brad Barnes, CMC, director, CIA consulting and industry programs, holds the NAFEM professorship in Culinary Arts. The partnership is dedicated to specialized research in foodservice equipment and supplies, product development and industry education. Chef Brad's quarterly column in NAFEM online highlights a current trend or issue he's facing in the kitchen. In his current column, Chef Brad reports on the Menus of Change event, which took place recently, bringing great culinary minds together to discuss current and future foodservice industry issues.

2016 Annual Meeting & Management Workshop Announced
Join us February 19-22, 2016, at the InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Management Workshop. Watch future issues of NAFEM online for program details.

EPA Releases SNAP Final Rule
On July 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final rule - Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program*. The rule restricts the use of certain refrigerants and foam-blowing agents currently used by NAFEM members and other industries. See EPA's Fact Sheet.

NAFEM has been working closely with members, government agencies, House and Senate representatives and other trade groups for two years to communicate how the proposed rule will affect commercial foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturing. We welcome your input on the final rule and its impact on your business. We're particularly interested to gain input on the effective date for delisting currently-used refrigerants and foam-blowing agents tabulated by category in the attachment, EPA Alternative Refrigerants for SNAP, starting on page 44.

To share your thoughts in confidence, contact: Frank Moore, Government Relations Sr. Director, +1.202.367.1254, fmoore@smithbucklin.com; or Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, Director, Member Services, +1.312.821.0212, csouhrada@nafem.org. *To view the links, login to the NAFEM website and visit the Advocacy - News section. To view the public docket, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0198.

Advocacy Update: Dishwasher Freight Class Issue
In June, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association's (NMFTA) Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) attempted to reclassify the freight class for commercial dishwashers. The proposal, which called for a change in class from 92.5 to 200 or 250, resulting in a massive freight transportation rate increase, was withdrawn from the docket until the CCSB's meeting in September. Dishwasher manufacturers are strongly encouraged to evaluate their unique situations and provide specific transportation characteristics, including density, handling, stability and liability to CCSB before September 25, c/o: Shannon Allard, classification specialist, NMFTA, shannon.allard@nmfta.org; +1.703.838.1809. To review all changes being implemented, login to the NAFEM website and click on the "Advocacy" tab. NAFEM members may also direct questions to Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, csouhrada@nafem.org, to add your name to the list of participants.

Join NAFEM's Advocacy Discussion Forum
Post questions, concerns and get help on regulatory issues that affect you on NAFEM's Advocacy Discussion Forum. The forum is an informal tool to help you learn about issues and share suggestions with fellow NAFEM members. To participate, login to the NAFEM website, select Discussion Forums, agree to the Rules of the Road and get started!

NAFEM Showplace Available for Your Customers
NAFEM Showplace is the resource operators turn to for gathering NAFEM-member product information. It's a convenient 24/7 product showcase available to the entire foodservice industry for researching equipment and supplies options. Take a moment to review your listing and provide updated product information as needed by logging in into the site.

August CFSP Overview & Exam is Filling Up Fast!
If you are still interested in participating in next month's CFSP overview seminar & exam at NAFEM's Chicago headquarters office, contact Vonceil Roberts (robertsv@nafem.org; +1.312.821.0216), as soon as possible. The overview takes place Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CDT (previous start time was 8 a.m., CDT). Participants return Thursday, August 13, from 9 - 11:30 a.m., CDT, to take the exam (previous start time was 8 a.m., CDT). The overview and exam are no longer offered during The NAFEM Show or NRA Show.

Can't make it in August? You can always purchase one of NAFEM's CFSP packages to streamline the certification process. The CFSP Online Course Package is $775/person and includes the application fee, a .pdf copy of the review questions and glossary of terms from the textbook, the online module and exam. The CFSP In-Person Course Package is $550/person and includes the application fee, the 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, the one-day, in-person overview and exam. Login to learn more, sign up for the 2015 overview or to purchase a package.

In Memoriam
NAFEM was saddened to learn of the passing of industry veteran and former NAFEM president, Russell Richmond "Dick" Campion. He enjoyed a career that spanned 40+ years, and was a treasured friend and mentor to countless industry peers. View the obituary to read about his remarkable career and legacy. In lieu of flowers, please support St. Jude Children's Hospital.

NAFEM Associate Member Directory
Take a moment to visit NAFEM's directory of associate members. Remember to count them as resources for your service needs in education and training, employment recruitment, export management, food safety product needs, marketing and communications services, systems and technology, product design, development and engineering, third-party certification, utility organizations and trade publishing.

Populate Our Calendar!
NAFEM's industry calendar needs your input. It includes a feature that allows you to download events into your personal calendar. Once you have visited the site to add an event, please allow 48 hours for NAFEM staff to review the submissions and make them live.

"Like" Us on Facebook!
NAFEM's official Facebook page is up and running! If you are a Facebook user, we encourage you to "like" our page. We'll bring you the latest news from NAFEM, complete with glimpses into our future and blasts from our past. The easiest way to find us is to use Facebook's search function and type in "North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers." See you on social media!

NAFEM-Hosted Pavilion at FHA 2016
NAFEM hosts a pavilion at Food & Hotel Asia (FHA2016), April 12-15, 2016, in Singapore. For information and to secure pavilion space, contact Michele Zichy, exhibit sales director, Oak Overseas, Ltd., +1.704.837.1980 x303; mzichy@oakoverseas.com.

CFESA Training Facility Accepting Reservations
The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) recently introduced an all new calendar and signup form to begin taking reservations for its World Headquarters & Global Training Facility in Fort Mill, S.C. The space can be used for equipment training, rep/consultant training or as business meeting space. Register via CFESA's website.

Manufacturer's Best Practices Seminar
NAFEM members are invited to attend a Manufacturer's Best Practices Seminar, September 1-2, in Denver. The seminar is presented by the Institute for Professional Advancement (IPA) and Manufacturers Representatives Educational Research Foundation (MRERF). If you want to learn how to develop realistic and appropriate expectations, as well as manage and communicate more effectively with your reps, you can register here.

Kudos to...
Congratulations to the following NAFEM associate member on their recent achievement: The Torch Group, Executive Search Group, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

News from NAFEM Member Companies
The Legacy Companies, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., recently acquired Bevles from Standex International Corporation. More information can be found at www.thelegacycompanies.com.

Vet2Tech Helps Manufacturers Find Skilled Talent
Vet2Tech helps transitioning veterans find employment in advanced manufacturing and technical service careers. Are you looking to hire HVAC and hot-side technicians, CNC programmers/operators, mechanical, electrical or industrial engineers, tool and die makers, technical support, customer service, supply chain, sales, logistics, information technology, assemblers, fabricators, quality control experts, maintenance technicians, welders or cutters? Vet2Tech can help you. For more information, visit www.vet2tech.org or contact Carol at carol@vet2tech.org.

Producer Price Index (PPI) News Release
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the June PPI Index on July 15.