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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and USDA Open New Inspection Plant
05 November ,2013

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2013

Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
(404) 382-2319

Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
(404) 772-3015

Media Advisory

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and USDA Open New Inspection Plant

USDA-approved site triples in size; one of two facilities to apply cold treatment in the Southeast

WHO: Louis Miller, General Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson

Bill Kauffman, State Director for USDA-APHIS-PPQ

Carlos Perez, Officer in Charge for Atlanta Plant Inspection Station

Matt Royer, Executive Director for Plant Protection & Quarantine for APHIS

Adriana Trueba, President for Atlanta Air Cargo Association

Linda Arnold, President for Atlanta International Freight Forwarders

Wendell Leonard, National Facilities Manager for USDA-APHIS-PPQ

WHAT: Hartsfield-Jackson and USDA officials will celebrate the opening of a new USDA Inspection Plant, a 17,000 square-foot facility built to inspect plants, animals and perishables. Hartsfield-Jackson and Miami International Airport are the only two USDA-approved sites to apply cold treatment in the Southeast. Following the ceremony, guests will receive a guided tour of the facility.

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: USDA Atlanta Plant Inspection Station, 1220 Toffie Terrace, Atlanta, Georgia 30354,

(North Cargo area of Airport)

Please RSVP to Monica Fuentes at by 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 6.


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