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

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

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

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.

Provide Industry Education & Training

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

Information on how to make on-line reservations will be available in March 2018.