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. Panelists: Chris Littlefield, Kellogg Garden Products; Scott Salmon, Oldcastle Lawn & Garden; Don Dugger, ScottsMiracle-Gro
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: Anthony Kuchulis, Barran Liebman, LLP
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: Don Lemmons, Interstate Wood Products
11:30p-1:45p Keynote Luncheon: Seeing Around the Corner: The Mega Trends That Change Everything — As computer capacity and speed approach infinity, every element of society and business changes in ways that could never have been imagined just five years ago. Droids replace almost all human activities from driving to teaching and manufacturing changes everything from cooking to vaccine development. World affluence and cyber connected consumers give rise to the age of artisans as employment, entertainment and education are transformed continuously. Boundless prosperity awaits those that can see and embrace these new possibilities. With provocative knowledge and lots of humor, this Keynote presentation will bring you information to gain a competitive advantage in todays ....mad, mad world. 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. Presenters: Anthony Brocato, Swanson Bark & Wood Products; Karen Stetner, Garick, LLC
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. Presenters: Owen Smyth & Ian Williamson, Powerscreen.
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: AgriCoatings

Download an Annual Meeting registration form: Registration Form

Hotel Information

SOLD OUT -- Mills House Wyndham Hotel -- SOLD OUT

Our hotel block HAS SOLD OUT. As an alternative option, we suggest the Double Tree Hotel at: HOTEL INFO

   The Double Tree is approximately a 7 minute walk from the Mills House. They currently have rooms available, but we suggest booking as soon as possible to ensure you get the dates you need.


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