North Carolina Meat Processors Association

 

North Carolina Meat Processors, Inc.

68th Annual Meeting – August 19-20, 2022 – Embassy Suites at Ayrsley & Multivac Showroom, Charlotte, NC

 

The NCMPA will celebrate its’ 68th Anniversary at the Embassy Suites at Ayrsley Place in Charlotte, NC. The Multivac showroom is within a mile of the Embassy Suites.  Many exciting activities are planned at both the hotel and at Multivac.  The details of a very informative program are being confirmed.  Meeting registration information will be available once all the details are ready.

We will begin on Friday afternoon, August 19, with a group outing to Truist Field for a baseball game between the Charlotte Knights and the Syracuse Mets. We will all meet there.  The game starts at 7:04 p.m. Your ticket includes a picnic buffet and fireworks after the game.

On Saturday, August 20th, we will have a half day of education and time built in for visiting the Exhibitors at the hotel.  Saturday afternoon and evening will be hosted by Multivac at their showroom.  Dinner, live music, and the 7th Annual Corn Hole Tournament will be held at the Multivac showroom!

Reservations can be made by calling The Embassy Suites at Ayrsley Place:

Call in to make your reservations, (704) 970-5400. Identify yourself as an attendee of the NC Meat Processors.

Or

Reservations can be made online at:

https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/clttbes-ncm-9917510f-ef01-4a29-b044-d897dd71faf8/

(Please note the entire URL may need to be copied and pasted for it to work properly.)

After you click on “Book a Room” make sure you use the “edit your stay” button if you plan to arrive on Friday, August 19th.

The group room block rates include cooked to order breakfast, an evening reception and parking.

Double Queen Suite $179 per night

King Studio $149 per night

King Suite $159 per night

The group rates are only available until July 28th or until the block sells out whichever comes first.

Make plans now to join your fellow Meat Processors for education, networking, and social activities.

 



From the NCMPA President

With some of the nation’s largest meat processors having to scale back or temporarily close to bolster efforts in the fight against COVID-19, there is inevitable strain on the meat supply chain. These interruptions, along with increased demand of retail packaged products for home consumption, create the all too currently familiar environment at the grocery store. Rest assured that since early March 2020, many of our members have been planning, maneuvering, equitably allocating, and realigning various distribution and supply chains where feasible to meet the needs of the people. Our top priority has been the safety of our employees and there has been significantly elevated efforts in sanitation. Keep in mind all of us actively engage in Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures under normal conditions, but with COVID-19 these are further highlighted and additional cleaning has been a top priority.

Though all the guidelines were not exceptionally clear in the beginning, I know of none of us who haven’t given the same thought and care to our employees that we would ourselves and our families. We are all doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.  We are all in this together and we could probably all shut down in the wake of fear, or we can do our best to move forward with care and caution.  We are controlling what we can control, going to work, and trying not worry about the uncontrollable. Can anyone of us add a single hour to our life by worry? Prudent planning and careful navigation we can do given available resources, and that is what we’ve done.  People count on us to provide food and we are going to do that as safely as we can. We count on all our folks to come to work and do their best.  They count on us to show up and lead with compassion and by example. It’s up to us as the employers to make sure we are providing the safest possible environment we can in the dynamic battle against this virus and we take this very seriously. As this evolves, we will adapt and overcome together. So, though there may be strain on the supply chain, we will continue to serve and bear this burden with you all.

Sincerely and optimistically looking toward tomorrow,

Kurt Byrd
President
NC Meat Processors Association



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have issued guidance specific to the meat and poultry processing industry in order to facilitate ongoing operations and support the food supply, while also mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19.

USDA strongly recommends establishments utilize the recommendations highlighted in the guidance document where practical, recognizing that how they are implemented may differ given the unique circumstances of establishments and processing facilities nationwide. In the event of a closure, establishments should work with the state departments of agriculture and state and local health authorities, in coordination with CDC, to utilize the guidance and develop a plan to safely resume operations as soon as possible.

These guidelines were developed recognizing that these establishments and their operations are critical to the security of the nation’s food supply. Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should remain in place throughout the pandemic and to the extent that companies must reduce or alter capacity, split shifts, or add additional processing days to implement the CDC and DOL recommendations, FSIS remains committed to ensuring that food safety regulations are met.



AAMP COVID-19 Information: Food Industry Specific
Covid-19 Sample Policy: How do I handle Employees and Company Policies during this time?


NCMPA was organized to promote, develop, and maintain the advancement of the meat processing industry. The association is comprised of Processor Members and Associate Members, and overseen by an elected Board of Directors.