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Data Collection for Business Planning Study Closed
NAFEM's Business Planning Study is no longer accepting data. If your company participated in the study, which examines everything operational - management practices, manufacturing trends, supply chain considerations and compensation packages - and presents the combined metrics to help benchmark performance and set future strategies, you will receive your free copy of the results in August. Watch your inbox this summer.

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.

Advocacy Update: NAFEM Responds to EPA
Periodically, U.S. government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required to seek input from constituents to "identify and reduce regulatory burdens," as well as to modernize regulations and processes. The EPA recently requested information of this nature and NAFEM, on behalf of its members, provided input. To review all of NAFEM's input, login to the NAFEM website and click on the "Advocacy" tab. NAFEM members also may direct questions to Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, +1.312.821.0212;

Environment Canada Seeks to Reduce Use of Certain HFCs
NAFEM members who manufacture and/or sell commercial refrigeration equipment in Canada may be required to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), if proposed Environment Canada (EC) regulations are approved. Doing so could necessitate the use of alternate, lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants and blowing agents. The proposed EC rule is similar to changes proposed by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, which also would require NAFEM members to transition to alternate, untested refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. The proposed regulations would go into effect January 2019 and apply to the import and manufacture of stand-alone commercial refrigeration systems that contain or are designed to contain any HFC with a GWP greater than 150 or a blend that contains any HFC where that blend has a GWP greater than 150. In comments to EC, NAFEM stated that the proposal directly conflicts with recently promulgated energy efficiency standards established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), which rely on specific refrigerants that EC and EPA propose to ban. To review all of NAFEM's input, login to the NAFEM website and click on the "Advocacy" tab. NAFEM members may direct questions to Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, +1.312.821.0212;

Workshop on CA Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will host a public workshop to discuss ARB's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Strategy, Wednesday, May 27, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., PST, at Cal/EPA Headquarters in Sacramento. California's effort to reduce emissions of F-gases, commonly used in commercial refrigeration and polyurethane foam insulation, are part of a broader set of national and international efforts to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The concept paper, additional background information and a link to submit comments may be found on ARB's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant website .

NAFEM Showplace Desktop Version Is Available
During the show in Anaheim, NAFEM Showplace was available as the show program guide via mobile devices and tablets to assist show attendees. Now, NAFEM Showplace is a desktop product directory. If you participated in The NAFEM Show, all the information you provided for the mobile app also is available in NAFEM Showplace. If you didn't participate in The NAFEM Show, your company contact information is included in NAFEM Showplace and you now have the ability to add marketing materials to your listing. NAFEM Showplace is the resource operators turn to for gathering NAFEM-member product information. Login into the site to update your listings.

Note Time Change for August CFSP Overview/Exam
If you've been meaning to get certified, consider participating in the annual overview seminar at NAFEM headquarters in Chicago. The overview takes place Wednesday, August 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT (previous start time was 8 a.m., CDT). Participants are welcome to return Thursday, August 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m. CDT (previous start time was 8:00 a.m., CDT) to take the exam. The overview & 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.

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!

Vet2Tech Helps Manufacturers Find Skilled Talent
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Producer Price Index (PPI) News Release
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the April PPI Index on May 14.