Plant Managers Training Course on Weights & Measures
New York New York Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
August 16, 2018

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

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.
• Everyone is welcomed to 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.

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.

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 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 5, 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 August 5, 2018.

Limits of Liability

The planners and sponsors of the MSC Plant Managers Trainng Course on Weights & Measures 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


(Subject to Change)

Thursday, August 16

8:00a - 8:45a 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
8:45a - 9:15a Penalties and 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 - 9:45a Inspection Guidelines - Manufacturer’s Responsibilities, Inspector’s Responsibilities, Retail Vs. Plant Inspections. Instructor: Robert LaGasse, MSC, Shallowater, TX
9:45a Break
10:00a - 10:30a Conducting An Inspection - Mulch & Soil Product Fill Test Demonstration, Reading & Recording Data. Instructor: Shelli Williams, MSC, Shallowater, TX
10:30a - 11:30a Bulk Product - Issues with Bulk Loads, Determining/Documenting, Loading Procedures, Customer Education. Instructor: Don Dugger, ScottsMiracle-Gro, Lawrenceville, VA
11:30a - 1:00p Lunch on Your Own
1:00p - 1:45p Determining Target Fill Level - Product Variability, Test Results on Mulch Run, Test Results on Soil Run, Target Fill. Instructor: Bill Fonteno, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
1:45p - 2:30p 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
2:30p - 3:15p 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 - 4:30p 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
4:30p Course Ends
Registration Fees Members = $300/person / Non-Members = $550/person

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







Hotel Information

New York New York Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
August 16, 2018

Located in Paradise, New York-New York Hotel & Casino is on the Strip, a 3-minute walk from Park Theater and 12 minutes by foot from T-Mobile Arena. This 4-star resort is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Las Vegas Convention Center. Make yourself at home in one of the 2024 air-conditioned guestrooms. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include a turndown service and irons/ironing boards, and housekeeping is provided daily. Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Gambling sorts can try their luck at the casino, while others may prefer an outdoor pool or a spa tub. Additional amenities at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and an arcade/game room. Grab a bite at one of the resort's 12 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from the poolside bar or one of the 9 bars/lounges. Full breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $59 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates 
and space availability is when the block is filled or August 3, 2018 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

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

To make on-line reservations visit: Hotel Reservations



---------- ANNUAL MEETING ----------

47th MSC Annual Meeting
Mills House Wyndham Hotel
Charleston, SC
October 2-4, 2018

Download an Annual Meeting registration form: Registration Form

Everyone Is Welcomed To Participate!

Mark your calendars to join the Mulch & Soil Council in the "Low Country" of coastal South Carolina on October 2-4, 2018.

In the Lowcountry, history is a sense of place that lives in the hearts of locals, is apparent in regional traditions, graces the facades of homes and seasons the food. While the Charleston area is indeed a veritable living museum, it is also a bustling center of culture, invigorating outdoor activity and sumptuous dining that welcomes close to four million visitors annually.

With her antebellum mansions and charming sense of European elegance, Charleston is a cosmopolitan seaside idyll that remains untouched by fad or fashion. Charleston exists as one of North America’s most architecturally significant destinations. Called the Holy City, a nod to the many church steeples that dominate the city skyline, Charleston is a preservationist’s muse with three centuries of well-preserved history on display at every turn.

Flickering copper gas carriage lanterns, ornate hand-wrought ironwork, and hitching posts used by horse-drawn carriages hint at a bygone era. Manicured public parks and glimmers of private gardens turn Charleston into a botanical wonderland, where the delicate aromas of tea olive trees and Carolina Jasmine vines dance amid the sea breezes. The harmony of church bells resonates with the hum of the city, and the sidewalks are made of blue slate. These are the details that reveal themselves when the Charleston peninsula is explored on foot. The Charleston peninsula is a fabulous example of intelligent urban planning. The early city was laid out on a grid, which resulted in scores of easy-to-navigate perpendicular streets that are pedestrian friendly. It is very easy to walk the entire peninsula. Charleston, South Carolina, is more than just one of the country's most beloved cities, it's home to five beautifully distinct beach towns.

Come, explore Charleston

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, receptions, Thursday 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 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 August 15, 2018.

Limits of Liability

The planners and sponsors of the MSC Annual Meeting and its 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




2018 Preliminary Program


(Subject to Change)

Tuesday, October 2

2:00p-5:00p MSC Committee Meetings – MSC Members in good standing are invited to observe Council committee meetings. See first-hand how industry issues are approached and solutions made for the benefit of the entire industry.

Wednesday, October 3

1:30p-2:30p The Crow Political Report – MSC Legislative Rep David Crow will review the effectiveness of the present Administration's policies in promoting jobs, the economy, national security and other key legislative and regulatory reforms promised since the last MSC annual meeting.
2:30p-3:00p Break
3:00p-4:00p Industry Fire Report – Hear a special report on industry research debunking the urban myth of spontaneous combustion of mulch in landscape and garden applications.
4:00p-4:15p Break
4:15p-5:30p Annual Business Meeting – Join us for reports from the President, Treasurer, committees and Executive Director. We will also conduct elections for members of the MSC Board of Directors
6:00p-7:30p Opening Reception – Join our Affiliate and Associate Members for cocktails and displays on the latest technologies and equipment. Sponsored by T.H. Glennon.

Thursday, October 4

8:30a-9:15a Plant Safety – Plant safety must be more than a program to be successful — it has to be a company culture. Hear how you can improve your operational efficiency to prevent plant accidents or injuries. Speaker: TBA
9:15a-9:30a Break
9:30a-10:15a Understanding HR in the #MeToo Era - Find out how the #MeToo movement has changed corporate human relations and what your company needs to do to adapt. Speaker: TBA
10:15a-10:30a Break
10:30a-11:15a Trucking HOS and ELD Mandates – Over 50% of our industry shipments occur in March, April and May. ELD regulations have created a firestorm of issues for the trucking industry, especially for short-season products like mulch & soil. Hear how these new regulations impact your business and the management dilemmas for private and common carrier trucks. Presenter: TBA
11:30p-1:45p Keynote Luncheon: A Futurist’s Look at the U.S. Economy: Where are We Headed? – Dr. Lowell Catlett is a Futurist and Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. An amazing speaker, Dr. Catlett has a unique viewpoint on the American consumer and markets that will turn your perception of today’s economy in directions you never considered. Deeply thought-provoking and wildly entertaining, Lowell is a futurist you will understand and take to heart when considering options for your personal or corporate future. Come hear this unique presentation we guarantee you will be quoting for years from now. Speaker: Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University, Albuquerque, NM SPONSORED BY: BASF
1:45p-2:00p Break
2:00p-2:45p Transportation Management Systems – Hear what options your company has to optimize your transportation management needs. Presenter: TBA
2:45p-3:00p Break
3:00p-4:00p What's New in Materials Screening Technologies? Join us for special presentations on the new materials screening products and services being offered to the industry.
4:00p-5:30p Presidents Reception – Join us for our closing event as the President’s Reception gives participants the opportunity to recap the bounty of information presented at the meeting and say goodbye to old and new friends before returning home. SPONSORED BY: TBA

Download an Annual Meeting registration form: Registration Form







Hotel Information

Mills House Wyndham Hotel
Charleston, SC
October 2-4, 2018

Explore Low Country hospitality from our old town Charleston hotel.

Well-located, decorated in period style and housed in a historic building, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel earns top ratings from guests. The seven-story, 214-room hotel is 100 percent non-smoking — and it's a good thing: a fire gutted this 1853 building in the 1930s. Now restored and furnished in Southern Victorian fashion, the hotel wows guests with its antiques and art collections in the public areas. The West Indies-designed restaurant serves three meals a day, and there is also an on-site lounge. The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel offers free high-speed internet access, and there is a business center for serious work. Outside you'll find a central courtyard, a sun deck and a seasonal pool. As for staying in shape, don't miss the fitness room. Valet parking is available for an extra fee.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown, less than 10 miles from Charleston International Airport. This is a great area to explore, with historic architecture, galleries and restaurants abounding. It's just steps to the City Market, a shopping destination since the 1800s that still houses traditional vendors and specialty stores. It's also steps to the Dock Street Theater. Waterfront Park is a five-minute stroll away. Charleston's premier boutique-heavy strip, King Street, is a block from the hotel, and the acclaimed South Carolina Aquarium is less than one mile away. The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel provides our guests with a "wonderful location," "very comfortable" accommodations, a seasonal pool and fitness center.

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $239 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates 
and space availability is when the block is filled or September 10, 2018 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

More information about the Mills House Wyndham Hotel is available at: HOTEL INFO

To make a hotel reservation for the MSC Annual Meeting please register online at: >>>BOOK RESERVATIONS<<<.

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