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Thank you for your ongoing support of PPSA the only association focused on safety for the forest products industry. Our association plays a vital role in the success of our industry, and your support fuels that success.

We hope you plan to visit us at the The Battle House Renaissance in Mobile, Alabama June 5-8, 2016 for our 73rd annual safety conference for what promises to be a unique learning experience. Our sessions cover a wide variety of topics including skills that can improve working relationships and insights that help us prevent errors. We will also benefit from case studies in our industry that provide valuable information to improve workplace safety. The PPSA conference will provide updates on the constantly evolving safety regulatory environment. It also represents a unique opportunity to learn about leading edge safety technology from industry suppliers, and network with a large group of safety professionals. 

As you know we have entered into a service agreement with TAPPI to provide PPSA with management services and administrative resources. TAPPI was founded as the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry but now is referred to as TAPPI to reflect the multiple industries in which they serve. We are well into our transition process with TAPPI and this summer we will be announcing several new member benefits! Most of the transition will only affect our internal operations - leaving PPSA board members free to focus on strategic planning and discovering what you, our members, want. While most of the transition will be seamless for members, certain areas will impact members for the better e.g. we will be able to offer several new member benefits with our new website.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with TAPPI, it is a non-profit organization sustained by the dues of its members and the contributions of its active volunteer committees; it has a Board of Directors elected annually from the membership, and values education and knowledge-sharing as vital to the success of the industries it serves. Learn more about TAPPI 

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please drop me a note.

Hope to see you in Mobile!

Matthew Kanneberg