2018 Plant Managers Training Course
Weights & Measures

New York—New York Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
March 27, 2018

Everyone Is Welcomed To Participate!

Course Overview.

After 3 years of effort to update the mulch testing protocols in NIST Handbook 133, the changes became effective this year. NIST has scheduled 4 training programs for state inspectors when only 1 is usually offered every other year; so, increased training of state officials is likely to trigger increased inspections using the updated test protocols this spring. Industry knows proper product packaging is necessary to maintain a fair and competitive market; so, now is the time to make sure you know what to do in a plant inspection.

Under-filled product packages represent a significant liability to manufacturers for lost profits, state penalties, off-sale products, disruption of business and lost customers -- YOU CAN EVEN GO TO JAIL. If your company is not prepared for a major round of state compliance inspections, immediate action is recommended. You must begin updating practices and training of plant personnel immediately because THE MARKET SITUATION WILL SOON CHANGE.

The MSC Weights & Measures training course is the first step in a major, nation-wide campaign to assure package compliance! The MSC is presenting this special course on W&M practices and procedures with emphasis on package requirements, inspection test procedures, test containers and in-plant quality control programs for new plant managers and those who want to refresh their knowledge on this critically important issue.

Who Should Attend

• Every plant manager of a mulch and/or soil packaging plant should attend this program.

• Company owners not familiar with weights and measures regulations should attend.

• MSC members and non-members may participate.

Course Objective

This course will instruct plant managers on the legal requirements for compliance with weights and measures laws, inspection procedures, provide instruction on lot controls, package fill, inventory control for inspections, and common errors made. An inspection demonstration of current mulch and soil test procedures will be conducted..

Full Meeting Registration

All advance registrations must be accompanied by the appropriate registration fees to reserve a space for the course. Registration fees cover attendance for all education sessions, course materials and coffee breaks. Travel and lodging expenses are not included in the registration fees.

Non-Member Participation

Participants from non-member companies are welcome to attend the meeting at the designated registration fee.

Cancellations & Refunds

Requests for cancellation of meeting registration must be received in writing at the MSC office. Cancellations received by March 15, 2018, will be subject to a cancellation fee of 25%, which will be deducted from the refund. No refund will be made for cancellation requests received after March 15, 2018.

Limits of Liability

The planners and sponsors of the MSC Plant Managers Training Course claim no liability for the acts of any supplier to this meeting, nor for the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. Attendees who purchase non-refundable airline tickets do so at their own risk. In the event of meeting cancellation, the total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fee. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of these provisions.

Join the Mulch & Soil Council and Receive an Immediate Discount

Non-members of MSC may join the Council at any time prior to the Course and receive an immediate discount on the registration fee. For information on becoming a member, contact the MSC office at (806) 832-1810

Plant Managers Training Course
Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 27

8:00am NIST Regulations – Product Definitions, Method of Sale, Average & Individual Package Requirements, Sampling Plans, Test Procedures, Inspection Lots, Random & Alternative Package Selection, Test Container Specifications. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX.
8:45am Penalties & Alternatives – “Off Sale” & “Removal” Orders, Criminal & Civil Penalties, Detention and/or Arrest, Customer Disruption, Media Coverage & Brand Credibility, WAMIS Listing, Re-labeling, POP Signage, Discount to Packaged Quantity. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX.
9:15am Inspection Guidelines – Manufacturer’s Responsibilities, Inspector’s Responsibilities, Retail Vs. Plant Inspections. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX.
10:00am Conducting An Inspection – Mulch & Soil Product Fill Test Demonstration, Reading & Recording Data. Instructor: Shelli Williams, MSC, Shallowater, TX
10:30am Bulk Loads – Issues with Bulk Loads, Determining/Documenting, Loading Procedures, Customer Education. Instructor: Don Dugger, ScottsMiracle-Gro, Lawrenceville, VA
11:30am Lunch on Your Own td>
1:00pm Determining Target Fill – Product Variability, Test Results on Mulch Run, Test Results on Soil Run, Target Fill. Instructor: Bill Fonteno, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
1:45pm Equipment Effects – Equipment maintenance will affect packaging results. This section will look at how equipment operates and the effect of that operation on package variability. Instructor: Dian Mullis, Hamer-Fischbein, Plymouth, MN
2:30pm Best Manufacturing Practices – Setting Equipment, Determining Bag Size, Setting Line Speed, Quality Control Testing, Operator Training, Setting Lot Criteria and Lot Numbering, Record Keeping, Plant Inventory Control for Inspections. Instructor: Bill Fonteno, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
3:15pm Labeling Guidelines & Issues What managers and designers need to know about package labeling laws to avoid fines and product "stop sale" penalties. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX
4:30pm Course Ends

Hotel Information

NewYork—NewYork Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
March 27, 2018

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A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $99 including resort fee (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates 
and space availability is when the block is filled or March 5, 2018 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

More information about New York—New York Hotel is available at: HOTEL INFO

Information on how to make on-line reservations will be provided by MSC upon receipt of your meeting registration.