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Sep. 5, 2013

Another WERC Certified Facility

The list of WERC-certified warehouses continues to grow. Your facility should be in that number! Click here to review the list and read what these well-respected companies have learned from the process.

WERCouncil events

  • Sept. 12, Baltimore WERCouncil McCormick Tour and Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, Atlanta WERCouncil Golf Outing and Networking Event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 23, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley WERCouncil Phoenix Contact DC Tour & Networking, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil - Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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