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2017 PPFIC Conference

Industry Application Society
63rd Annual Pulp, Paper and Forest Industry Technical Conference 
Murano Hotel
Tacoma, WA
June 18– 23, 2017

The 2017 Conference Committee would like to invite you to the 63rd Annual PPFIC Technical Conference to be held in the “City of Glass” – Tacoma, WA. Please return with us to the ‘Evergreen” state in the beautiful US Northwest and join us at the recently renovated Murano Hotel in the heart of Tacoma.

In addition to technical papers and other events, attendees will have access to downtown Tacoma including the world famous Museum of Glass and Chihuly Bridge of Glass which links it to the downtown area, three other museums, 60 different local restaurants including those on Commencement Bay (a short ride from the hotel), boutique shops, a Theatre District, Point Defiance Park, Zoo and Aquarium and Fort Nisqually living history museum. The local committee has secured rooms at a favorable rate and urges attendees to immerse themselves in the view of Commencement Bay and experience the “Big City convenience with small town charm” of Tacoma. Take a virtual tour of Tacoma and the surrounding area at: www.cityoftacoma.org

The tentative schedule for the 2017 PPFIC Conference will be:

Sunday June 18
2:30 – 4 PM Executive Committee Meeting
6 – 8 PM Welcome Reception

Monday June 19
8 – 8:15 AM Conference Opens
8:15 – 9: 15 AM Keynote Speaker
9 AM – 5 PM Conference Papers
Evening Vendor Hospitality
Breaks will be held in the vendor exhibit area.

Tuesday June 20
8AM – Noon Conference Papers
Noon – 2:45 PM Subcommittee Meetings
3 – 5 PM General committee Meeting
Evening Vendor Hospitality

Wednesday June 21
8 AM – Noon Conference Papers
Noon – 2 PM Awards Luncheon
2:30 – 5 PM Conference Papers
6 PM Conference Social – Mariners Baseball game in a suite at beautiful Safeco Field with it’s one of kind retractable roof if the schedule coincides and if not, a spectacular dinner cruise with entertainment on Puget Sound with the Seattle skyline as a back drop.

Thursday June 22
8 AM – 5 PM Tutorials (to be scheduled)

Friday June 23
8 AM – 12 PM Tutorials (to be scheduled)

Monday – Wednesday
Vendor exhibits will be open throughout the day during non-conference event times.
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We are also planning to take advantage of our great Northwest location to have a very entertaining Guest / Spouse program. The committee is finalizing details and the following schedule is representative of what we plan. Tours will begin in the morning after breakfast and finish by mid-afternoon, allowing some free time for shopping, additional site-seeing, a spa treatment, museum visit or a rest in the hotel.

Jill Johnson and Marlene Harker will be your hosts for the tours on Monday and Tuesday and a Wednesday morning special hotel event. Here are the plans so far.
• A day in Seattle will start with a short ride on the downtown Tacoma light rail to the Sounder train station followed by a relaxing, scenic ride to downtown Seattle. Then a short ride on the Seattle trolley to the original Starbucks Coffee Shop in Pike Place. A short walk from there to Pike Place Market for shopping in the many quaint shops, for unique local crafts, fresh flowers and experience the famous fish market and one of the country’s oldest farmers markets. Lunch at a restaurant on Elliott Bay wharf finished off with a ride on the famous Seattle Great Ferris Wheel at Pier 57.
• Travel north to the foothills of the Cascades known as the Issaquah Alps to Snoqualmie Falls where you will enjoy one of Washington States most popular scenic attractions. From a view point near Salish Lodge, that you will recognize from the TV show Twin Peaks, gaze out onto the spectacular beauty of the falls. Hear about the history of the area including the spiritual significance to the native Snoqualmie tribe. Bop into the hotel’s gift shop to browse the locally made wares or trek down into the canyon to stand on the rocks right near the base of the 298 foot waterfall. From there head back into Issaquah to the Wild West feeling Front Street to Boehm’s Chocolate factory housed in a quaint chalet style building. Tour the factory and nibble on sweet samples. From there ride to nearby Gilman shopping center with its wooden boardwalks and locally owned boutiques in old farming and mining buildings for lunch. Then back to the Murano.
• Following the morning breakfast gather together for a refreshing beverage and tour of the hotels 200 museum quality glass artifacts. After the tour relax with a spa experience while enjoying another refreshing beverage and snack.

REMINDER
The Northwest is a great place to visit so plan on coming early or staying late to travel and experience the many world famous attractions in Washington such as Mt. St. Helens National Volcano Monument, 14,411 foot Mt. Rainier, Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams, Olympic National Forest (with the only remaining rainforest in the continental USA) and the San Juan Islands. In Oregon Crater Lake, 11,240 Mt Hood, Columbia Gorge, Oregon Coast, Multnomah Falls and Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
In addition Seattle is easily reachable from Tacoma with its many attractions. Also, South Center mall North and Tacoma Mall south offer some of the best shopping in the Seattle area within very reasonable distance.

Local Committee
As the program is not yet completely finalized, please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for our local committee. We are also looking for additional folks who are interested in helping with this conference.

On behalf of our local committee, we think the 2017 PPFIC Conference in Tacoma will be a memorable event. We look forward to making this not only a learning opportunity at the conference, but also offer a destination where you can unwind and enjoy yourself before returning to work.

We will work on adding the 2017 information to the www.pulppaper.org website as soon as possible after this year’s Austin conference. In the meantime if you have any questions or want to volunteer for the “Local” Committee please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Thank you,

Rory Johnson Rory.johnson@IEEE.org , Phone 253-732-1324
Duncan Rhodes, Duncan.rhodes@cerillo.com,  Phone 541-525-5777
Tacoma Local Committee Co-Chairmen

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