TO:                  PSSMA MEMBERS


Please join your fellow PSSMA members and associates at the 2014 Production Managers’ Seminar in West Monroe, Louisiana, April 22-24th, at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. We are putting together an exciting and informative program for this event, which will be hosted in part by Louisiana Plastic Industries. Check out the agenda for more details.

This year’s meeting will open Tuesday, April 22nd with an evening Welcome Reception at Sidney Wilhite’s Highwater Ranch, owner of PSSMA Associate Member Louisiana Plastic Industries. As a special treat, LPI will welcome us to West Monroe by featuring Louisiana Cajun-style food and drink at the reception. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to see one of the most extensive collections of rare historical artifacts from the Civil War, World War I and II along with the Wilhite’s impressive assembly of big game trophies from all around the world.

For additional information on the meeting, including transportation, parking, seasonal temperatures and suggested attire, go to General Information.

The Technical Committee will meet prior to the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm, and the Board of Directors will meet at 11:15am on Wednesday, April 23rd. The Associates Group will convene at 6:30pm Wednesday evening, prior to the reception and Safety Awards dinner.

Our Wednesday General Session will open with an assessment of the economic and business conditions affecting the multiwall industry. Following will be a featured Kraft Paper Panel, which will include presentations by paper suppliers on unbleached and bleached Kraft paper capacity and production trends in the US, Canada, Europe and globally. The session will wrap up with a presentation on major market trends and developments in starch based adhesives.

After lunch is provided on Wednesday, attendees will tour one of the largest multiwall bag manufacturing facilities at Bancroft Bag’s West Monroe plant. Following this will be a tour of Louisiana Plastic Industries’ film manufacturing plant. In recognition of outstanding safety performance in the multiwall industry, the 2013 PSSMA Safety Award winners will be honored at Wednesday’s dinner.

Thursday’s General session will include presentations on several member-requested topics, including developments in food safety regulations and compliance certification programs, conditions of PE resin supply and demand and current printing trends in flexographics.

Make your room reservations directly with the Hilton Garden Inn hotel by phone only at (318) 398-0653. Mention your are with PSSMA to receive the reduced group rate of $119 per night. The hotel has offered to extend the PSSMA group rates for three days before and after the meeting to accommodate those who might want to extend their stay.

Please register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, but before the April 7, 2014 cutoff date. Register for the meeting online at the PSSMA website, or by faxing a completed registration form to PSSMA at (610) 282-1577. Registration fees must be paid in advance by check or may be charged to MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. Credit card payments will be processed on or shortly after the April 7th cutoff date, and checks will be processed upon receipt.

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in West Monroe at the PSSMA 2014 Production Managers’ Seminar.

- The PSSMA Team