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Page 23 of 39 and best-trained associates in the industry, allows us to protect trade lanes, commodities, and the local communities in which we operate," Freudenberg said. A robust and comprehensive pest control program is also a factor in attracting WESTERN FUMIGATION OPERATES in the Greater Philadelphia port region to provide expert fumigation services. As a long-term partner of the port community, Western's array of services includes quarantine and pre-shipment fumigation, fogging, disinfection, and bed-bug heat treatments for our wide range of customers in the import/export business. The company treats commodities such as imported fresh produce and cocoa, as well as machinery and logs for export. Established in 1928 as a family-owned and operated pest control company, Western evolved to establish a dedicated fumigation division to handle the unique, time-sensitive, and complex demands of the import/export trade in the early 1980s. The Fumigation Division currently deploys a seasoned, dedicated group of experienced technicians and service staff, many of whom have been with the company since the early days. This depth of experience and knowledge distinguishes the company among its peers. Being designated an "essential business" allowed Western to continue servicing its customers without interruption throughout the most challenging times in 2020. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon Sked, BCE, A-SQF, joined the Division as its new fumigation director. Shannon is a Board Certified Entomologist specializing in food safety related entomology, in both domestic and international supply chains. He began his career as an entomologist for the Navy and is excited to be able to continue his role ensuring supply chains for the private sector. "I am excited to support the incredibly important work that the port community conducts day and night. When I think about all the critical functions that the Philadelphia port community provides for the region and the greater United States (e.g. provide safe food year round, ensure supply chains are kept intact for the needs of the people), I am honored to be a part of that purpose," Sked said. Miriam Borja-Fisher, senior business development manager, who has been with Western Fumigation for over twenty years, said, "Western has a history of being a key advocate for the port community on domestic and international regulatory matters that can affect all businesses along the river. We are honored to have the trade's trust and confidence and will strive to continue this legacy well into the future." Timely, trusted and efficient fumigation solutions new business to the Philadelphia region, particularly on the export side. Distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), soybeans, tobacco, and logs are good export candidates for Philadelphia, explained Freudenberg. Not only would these exports help maintain a balance of inbound and outbound trade and ease the challenge of repositioning containers, "it really supports the growth of Class I rail, as so many of these products would come [to Philadelphia] directly via rail," he said. The safety and effectiveness of fumigants and pest control technologies is another aspect that is constantly changing and advancing, added Ecolab Specialty Pest Services' John Achzet, regional manager of the east region. "Wherever we can reduce a footprint of a fumigant with something that is friendlier and more effective, we always do that," he said. "We are continually working on new products and then enhancing the products with the manufacturers, which can then be a potential replacement on a particular commodity." For example, Ecolab uses sulfuryl fluoride to control the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an East Asian pest that arrived in The treatment of import and export products is a critical step in protecting US agriculture and international agriculture partners. Ecolab A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 24 | May 24 2021 PHILADELPHIA TRADE & LOGISTICS

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