Surrounded by Live Oak trees and alongside the Savannah River, the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) members met from Oct 28-31 (2015) for their Annual Conference. Piggybacked with IPANA’s (Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America) Annual, the manufacturers and reconditioners of reusable packaging had 3 days of intense presentations and product group updates. Highlighting the presentations were Gardner Carrick of The Manufacturing Institute, who presented an in depth look of the issues effecting today’s manufacturing workforce. Karen Heinold of Potomac Communications brought B2B Social Media opportunities to the level of packaging and manufacturing opportunities. Mr. Glenn Wicks of The Wicks Group broke out the legal procedures, expectations and company performance for an OSHA inspection. The most informative presentation was given Dr. Magdy El-Sibaie, Associate Administrator of the DOT’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (PHMSA). Dr. El-Sibaie, who addressed the members with an update of the initiative currently underway by PHMSA, a review of their validation programs, and an update regarding inspection criteria. Dr. El-Sibaie then offered a second "round table chat" in which he participated in a casual dialogue with Paul Rankin, RIPA President, and all members of the Association. In the final days, product group meetings for steel drums and IBC’s concluded the session. About 200 people participated in this conference which also included a Riverboat dinner on the Savannah River. 2016 will be in Austin, Texas.