2019 Fall Meeting

Nov. 6-7
Louisville, KY


We are excited about our November meeting at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville.  We’ll have a full menu of presenters, both local (Dr. Sharon Kerrick of the University of Louisville) and imported (Patrick deKort of Europur). Ryan Trainer of ISPA will update us on mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. And the Technical Program will spotlight the newest technology and practices in plant security, bismuth as a substitute for stannous octoate in slabstock production, and foam formulations designed to retain “compression set” after shipment.

We also hope you’ll get to see some of Louisville, which one travel website has called “the best city you’ve never visited.” Baseball fans will want to tour the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, where Northern White Ash and Maple are milled into the bats used by Little Leaguers and All Stars alike. The Muhammad Ali Center honors the athlete and activist who honed his skills at the city’s Columbia Gym. Don’t miss Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby has been run since 1875.  And we have arranged an optional Tuesday afternoon networking outing to the Jeptha Creed Distillery in nearby Shelby County, where you can tour distilling operations for bourbon and vodka.

Registration Details

To make a room reservation at The Brown Hotel, click here. (The Brown Hotel phone:  888-888-5252). Please Note:  For this meeting, our room block is finite. We won’t be able to request additional rooms when these are sold out, so please make your reservations early.

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2. To register for the Fall meeting (pay online):

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Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Sharon Kerrick
University of Louisville

The Keynote Speaker at our General Business Meeting on November 7 will be Dr. Sharon Kerrick, Executive In Residence at The University of Louisville, where she taught business for 14 years.

Dr. Kerrick has distinguished herself in the business world. An accredited Enterprise Angel investor, she has advised and coached hundreds of business startups. She was a founder/ co-owner of a technology firm that grew to over 300 employees. At the university, she founded VetStart, a community program to assist military veterans in launching small businesses. She has rung the bell at NASDAQ twice.

Cited by Forbes, her published research has focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. During the Thursday morning session, she will discuss how companies and individuals can innovate in a mature industry.

Fall 2019 Meeting Schedule 

Tuesday, November 5 Networking Event

Afternoon Bourbon Tour

Interested in the distillation of ethanol and its cogeners and trace esterification through prolonged exposure to pyrolyzed quercus alba?

Join PFA on a Distillery Tour to nearby Shelbyville, KY.  Jeptha Creed is a relatively young farm-to-bottle distillery, but the land has been in the Nethery family for generations.  They use only the finest ingredients, locally grown and sourced (when possible) to ensure their products meet the highest expectations for quality and flavor. In addition to a true Kentucky Bourbon, they distill a variety of flavored vodkas and moonshine as well. 

The networking event includes roundtrip transportation in a comfortable executive coach, guided distillery tour and tasting; $50 per person.  Tour departs from the Lobby of the Brown Hotel at 2:30 and returns by approximately 5:30 pm.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, November 6


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CertiPUR-US® Meeting – Open to all


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Industry Issues Forum – Paid registration required 

The Industry Issues Forum features presenters from key industry associations on pressing regulatory, trade, and sustainability topics.  

Current Speaker List (More to Be Added):


Patrick deKort
Regulatory Affairs Manager, Europur

Patrick deKort receive a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Utrecht, interned for the European Parliament’s Research Service, and worked three years for the European Plastics Converters and its service company Polymer Comply Europe. He will provide an update on Europur activities and the impact of REACH regulations.

Ryan Trainer
International Sleep Products Association and Mattress Recycling Council

Trainer will provide us with updated on issues facing the bedding industry, with particular emphasis on new and growing programs in mattress recycling. The Mattress Recycling Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of statewide mattress recycling programs for states that have enacted laws. The organization provides valuable information and resources for industry professionals.

Thursday, November 7

9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON  General Business Meeting – Paid registration required

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Technical Program – Paid registration required

Note:  Recordings of Technical Proceedings now included in registration.

Featured Abstract

Bismuth Catalysts As Alternatives To Tin In Flexible Foam
Presenters:  D. Patten, Everchem; N. Eckert, Shepherd Chemical Company

Growing concerns about emissive amines, the health and environmental impacts of tin catalysts and accelerating adoption of hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agents are driving foam formulators to reinvent their chemistry, especially the catalyst packages.  Traditional catalyst strategies often do not meet the strict performance and EH&S requirements for current and developmental polyurethanes.  Innovations such as Shepherd Chemical’s patented BiCAT® 8840 and BiCAT® 8842, hydrolytically stable bismuth catalysts, can be viable alternatives to stannous octoate in rigid and flexible foam applications.  This presentation will provide information and data demonstrating BiCAT®’s comparable quality and efficiency to stannous octoate in an industrial slabstock foam matrix.


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Industry Cocktail Reception – Paid registration required

Fall 2019 PFA Meeting
Call For Papers

The Polyurethane Foam Association is accepting proposals for technical presentations for its Fall Technical Program, November 7, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.  Technical papers and recordings are now made available to attendees free of charge, and are also available for purchase on the PFA website.  They demonstrate your expertise and thought leadership within the FPF industry.

Authors must submit an abstract with request for presentation. Presentations must not exceed 25 minutes in length. A written paper and slide file are also required to become part of PFA’s online information library.

The Paper Selection Process
To be eligible for presentation, papers must have a non-commercial focus and specifically address topics related to slabstock or molded flexible polyurethane foam production, raw material developments, environmental performance, occupational safety, product evaluation, novel commercial applications, or production control, and be based on actual production applications.
The deadline for submitting an abstract is September 15, 2019. To submit a proposal or for more information, please contact Russ Batson by email (rbatson@pfa.org ) or telephone (865.657.9840). Five topics have already been submitted, so contact us as soon as you identify your topic.
Based on a program that includes at least 6 technical papers, the presentations will be scored to compete for a $500 Technical Excellence Award provided by the Herman Stone Family Endowment. 

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