Plant Managers Training Course
New York - New York Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
August 21 & 22, 2024

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Who Should Attend

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

• Company owners not familiar with • Fire Best Management Practices • Optimizing Colorant Operations • Effective Equipment Maintenance Programs • NIST W&M Rules & Regulations • Bulk Load Principles & Practices • Checking Net Contents of Bagged Goods • Product Variability and Setting Target Fill • Machine Effects on W&M • Product Labeling Laws & Regulations should attend.

• MSC members and non-members may participate.

• Everyone is welcomed to participate.

Course Objective

This course will instruct program participants on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for organic product inventory management and control for fire safety, prevention and response, manufacturing with colorants, minimizing equipment breakdowns, W&M laws & regulations, bulk loads, and much more.

Full Meeting Registration

All advance registrations must be accompanied by the appropriate registration fees to be eligible for the registration discount. Registration fees cover attendance for all meetings, Breakfast, working lunch and coffee breaks. Entertainment and tour fees are additional. Lodging is not included in the registration fees.

Non-Member Participation

Participants from non-member companies are welcome to attend the meeting and all functions. Non-member participants may attend one association meeting as a first-time registrant and are entitled to the member registration rate. Participation at a second meeting as a non-member is permitted at non-member registration rates. Attendance at additional meetings is by special invitation.

Cancellations & Refunds

Requests for cancellation of meeting registration or guest tickets must be received in writing at the MSC office. Cancellations received by August 2, 2024, 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 August 2, 2024.

Limits of Liability

The planners and sponsors of the MSC Plant Managers Trainng Course and any associated events 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 & Receive an Immediate Discount

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

Event Program

Wednesday, August 21

8:00a - 8:45a Continental Breakfast - Spronsored By: VERMEER.
8:45a - 9:00a Welcome & Introductions
9:00a - 10:30a FIRE SAFETY BMPs Part 1- Inventory Monitoring: Temperature Sampling, Smoke Detection, Pile Size, Distance Between Piles (Access), Weather. Site Issues: Prevailing Winds, Drainage, Water Supply, Equipment Access, Fire Equipment Access. Facility Issues: Fire Detection, Automatic/Manual Fire Suppression In Buildings, Ventilation, Volatile Dust Control, Flammable Chem & Supply Storage, Proper Extinguishers For Materials In Area, Daytime/Off-Hour/Holiday Firewatch BMPs. Instructor: Don Dugger, Richwood, LLC, Lawrenceville, VA
10:30a - 10:45am Break
10:45a - 12:15a FIRE SAFETY BMPs Part 2 - Fire Action Plan: Minor Incident Inventory Or Equipment, Significant Incident Inventory Or Equipment, Major Incident Inventory Or Equipment, Internal Information Flow, External Information Flow/Notifications. Fire Extinguishing Protocols: Equipment, Personnel, Procedures, Internal And External Resource Controller & Coordinator. Instructor: Don Dugger, Richwood, LLC, Lawrenceville, VA
12:15p - 1:00p

Working Lunch Sponsored By: COLORBIOTICS

1:00p - 3:00p Optimizing Your Colorant Opertaions - A poorly mixed tote can waste $500-$800 each, starting and stopping can waste time and colorant, improper shutdown can cause expensive repairs or inefficient operations. These topics and more are a guide to how plant managers can maximize their run times and profits in colorant operations. Instructor: David Roller, Colorbiotics, Ames, IA
3:00p - 3:30p Break
3:30p - 5:30p The Importance of Maintenance: Four Key Strategies to Sustain Lasting Improvements - For many mulch and soil operations maintenance is not always top of mind and often treated as an “as needed” business practice. Most have good intentions, but over time the weight of juggling a bustling business leads to an approach of fail and fix. Ted Dirkx will share four key strategies on how to justify the investment in maintenance, how to better prepare your team for success, how operational decisions influence it, and how you can tap into resources you didn’t even know you had. The goal of this presentation is to challenge an operations approach of fail and fix and inspire a more proactive mindset of predict and prevent. Instructor: Ted Dirkx, Vermeer Corporation
5:00p Dinner on Your Own

Thursday, August 22

7:15a-8:00a Continental Breakfast - Spronsored By: PREMIER TECH.
8:00a-8:45a Weights & Measures Rules & 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
8:45a-9:15a 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
9:15a-10:00a Inspection Guidelines — Manufacturer’s Responsibilities, Inspector’s Responsibilities, Retail Vs. Plant Inspections. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX
10:00a - 10:15a BREAK
10:15a - 11:15a Bulk Mulch Principles & Practices — Issues with Bulk Loads, Determining/Documenting, Loading Procedures, Customer Education. Instructor: Don Dugger, Richwood, LLC, Lawrenceville, VA.
11:15a - 12:30p Package Test Demonstration & Working Lunch — Mulch & Soil Product Fill Test Demonstration, Reading & Recording Data. Instructor: Shelli Williams, MSC, Shallowater, TX Followed by working lunch discussion on issues regarding checking net contents of product packages.
12:30p - 1:30p Product Variability & Setting Target Fill — Product Variability, Test Results on Mulch Run, Test Results on Soil Run, Target Fill. Instructor: Dr. Bill Fonteno, Emeritus Professor (NCSU), Corpus Christi, TX
1:30p - 2:30p Equipment effects on Package Fill — Product factors & effects, packaging materials effects, equipment operations and handling impacts (conveyors, dosing, filling), automated vs manual systems, testing & validation, maintenance schedules and effects, production tracking, personnel safety and staff training. Instructor: Jeff Conrad, Premier Tech Systems & Automation, Plymouth, MN
2:30p - 2:45p BREAK
2:45p - 3:45p 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: Dr. Bill Fonteno, Emeritus Professor (NCSU), Corpus Christi, TX
3:45p - 5:00p Product 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
5:00pp Meeting Ends
Early Registration Fees Members = $549/person / Non-Members = $750/person
Late Registration Fees Members = $650/person / Non-Members = $850/person

Download a meeting registration form:
Plant Managers Training Course Registration Form.

Hotel Information

New York - New York Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
August 21 & 22, 2024

New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, MGM Collection is a place unlike any other, with its own energy and unmistakable spirit. It offers the sights, sounds, and energy of New York, featuring stunning recreations of famous landmarks including the Manhattan Skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. New York-New York has all the excitement, from the thrilling Big Apple Coaster & Arcade to the tantalizing dining experiences at Nine Fine Irishmen, Gallagher's Steakhouse and Tom's Watch Bar, along with endless live entertainment nightly. It's the greatest city experience in Vegas.

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $101 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates and space availability is when the block is filled or JULY 30, 2024 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

Space is limited! You will be sent a hotel reservation link as soon as your training course registration is comfirmed.