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President's Message
Read a message from Michael L. Whiteley, CFSP, vice president of sales & marketing, Hatco Corporation and NAFEM's 2014-2016 president.

Moving Ahead at Warp Speed
Deirdre Flynn, CFSP, NAFEM's executive vice president, is wondering where the summer went...and sharing the latest NAFEM news.

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 -- Reminder
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.

*To view the links, login to the NAFEM website and visit the Advocacy - News section. To view the public docket, visit and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0198.

Advocacy Update: Ice Cream Freezer & Dishwasher Freight Class Issues
Transportation classifications for chest-type ice cream freezers and dishwashers are under review, which could impact your freight expenses! The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) is soliciting input prior to review of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). Shippers of these items are encouraged to evaluate their unique situations and provide specific transportation characteristics, including density, handling, stability and liability to the CCSB. Ice cream freezer details are due Sept. 17 to Nate Ripke, senior classification specialist, CCSB,; +1.703.838.1810. Dishwasher information is due Sept. 25 to Shannon Allard, classification specialist,; +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,, 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 Business Planning Study Results
If your company participated in the 2015 NAFEM Business Planning Study, you received a copy of the results earlier this month and five (5) priority points toward booth selection at The NAFEM Show in 2017 and beyond. The results will be posted on the members only section of NAFEM's website September 11 for the rest of the membership to review.

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.

Get Your CFSP Designation
If you've been meaning to get certified, consider participating in the annual overview seminar at NAFEM headquarters in Chicago. The next overview takes place in August, 2016 (exact dates to be announced soon). 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.

In Memoriam
NAFEM was saddened to learn of the passing of David Wightman, one of the industry's most creative technical minds. Since 1999, Wightman served as president and CEO of XDX Innovative Refrigeration, which focuses on improved refrigerant flow properties, heat transfer and thermodynamics to assist customers in driving down energy consumption in refrigeration and HVAC equipment. Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to Smile Train.

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;

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.

Keep NAFEM in the Loop!
We want to hear about what's happening at NAFEM member companies...are you celebrating a company anniversary or milestone? Are there new associates to introduce or promotions to announce? We have two new sections of NAFEM online to fill..."Kudos to..." and "News From NAFEM Members." Send press releases and information for inclusion in NAFEM online to Marianne Byrne, NAFEM marketing manager, +1.312.821.0234;

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Producer Price Index (PPI) News Release
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July PPI Index on August 14.