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September 6, 2017 - FPS Hires Commercial Service Division Manager for the Pacific Northwest Region

Carmel, IN - Food Protection Services, LLC a Food Safety Pest Management and Fumigation Company has brought on a Commercial Service Division Manager to add to their team. On September 11th 2017, Wayne Bazzle joins Food Protection Services to fill this role. Wayne will run the Region 4, Commercial Service Division and will be based in Boise, Idaho. His region will cover Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah.

"We are excited about Wayne and his extensive qualifications in the Food Safety Pest Management industry. Wayne represents a high-quality service commitment to our current and future customers in the ag commodity and food processing industries. We are looking forward to combining Wayne's talent and experience with the reputation, commitment, and capabilities of Food Protection Services." John Mueller, FPS President and Co-Owner.

April 26, 2017 - FPS Hires Corporate Entomologist

Carmel, IN - Food Protection Services, LLC a Food Safety Pest Management and Fumigation Company has brought on a Corporate Entomologist to add to their team. In February 2017, Rufus S. La Lone, M.S. joined Food Protection Services to fill this role that will add additional advanced, forward-thinking stored product pest management strategies. Food Protection Services also has two Associate Certified Entomologists on staff.

Rufus graduated with honors in Biology from Humboldt State University in 1975, where his studies focused on marine invertebrate zoology. In the process of developing a pest management program for Black Vine Weevil control in the PNW ornamental nursery industry, Rufus completed a Master's degree in Entomology at Oregon State in 1979.

In January 2017, Rufus retired from his role as Senior Manager, Corporate Quality Assurance with The J.M. Smucker Company. He had worked for Smucker's for 38 years, where he traveled extensively throughout North America training management teams for success by combining science-based practical solutions with humor.

Since the early part of his scientific career, Rufus has been an advocate for the practical application of meteorology in the life sciences. In 1994, Rufus initiated his virtual The Weather Cafe. Every Monday & Friday, thousands of "patrons" enjoy the informal discussions on the long-range weather trends around the PNW. Visit The Weather Cafe at:

In the spring of 2005, the Council of the American Meteorological Society elected Rufus as a full member of the Society - a long time personal goal.

Established in 2004, Food Protection Services (FPS) is a Food Safety Pest Management and Fumigation Service provider. We sell associated products and provide training, hazardous cleaning services, and import/export treatments to the food industry. FPS currently has 15 offices covering 19 states, with national coverage through our affiliation with the Food Protection Alliance. Visit our web site,, for more details.