Industry News

Boardman Foods Recognized for Innovative Child Care & Education Program

Oregon Business & Industry recently recognized Boardman Foods as a manufacturing leader in child care and education services for employees as well as residents of Morrow County. Read the entire article at the OBI website here…


Inslee to Propose 'New Ways' to Site Energy Projects

Via Capital Press -
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, outlining his climate agenda for the 2023 legislative session, said Dec. 12 he will propose “new ways” to push through energy-related projects more rapidly.

Inslee, who last month decried “nimbyism” as a threat to decarbonizing the economy, said state laws for approving transmission lines and manufacturing plants that support renewable energy are obsolete. Read the full article here…


Supply Chain News: L.A./Long Beach Backlog Clears

Courtesy of Michael Best Strategies -
Some really good news you may have missed during the upheaval over the potential rail strike. On November 23, the account that tracks the number of ships in and around the Ports of LA and Long Beach declared the backlog over. The pending queue at the two ports hit zero for the first time since October 2020, although there was a queue of 59 ships across other ports on the East and Gulf coasts. But that's nothing compared to what we saw last year. But it's possible that chaos created a shift. The Port of New York and New Jersey, for instance, which benefitted from the West Coast port chaos, is fighting to keep those customers heading east.

The time it takes for a container to cross the Pacific remained flat at 75 days, which is still above slightly above pre-pandemic levels. The price to ship a container from Shanghai to LA is all the way down to $2,069, nearly back to the pre-pandemic level (it was $5,562 on September 1).


Washington State’s Green New Deal

Washington state has passed several laws and adopted numerous regulations designed to achieve its aggressive goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. But is this doable? And at what cost to Washington citizens and businesses? Executives from a gas association and an electric utility association and a state senator identify key areas of concern with the Washington strategy in this article from Capital Press.


FDA Food Traceability Rule Webinar – December 7th @ 10:00 am PST

The FDA will hold an informational webinar on December 7 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST on its recently released Food Traceability final rule issued under FSMA. FDA will provide an overview of the rule, explain what foods and entities are covered and what are exempt, and discuss the recordkeeping requirements.

To register for the event, visit Register for the Webinar.

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