Paul R. Bokelmann, a Town of Liberty Grove resident, received the Richard K. Smith Advancement Award for outstanding accomplishments on behalf of 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI). Bokelmann is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Advanced Process Technologies, Inc. located in Cokato, Minn.
3-A SSI is a ANSI accredited standards writing organization focusing on equipment, processes and accessories intended for use in the dairy industry, which includes on-the-farm tanks, over-the-road tankers, milk plant equipment, cheese plant equipment and packaging equipment.
The 3-A SSI Volunteer Service Awards recognize the extraordinary dedication and commitment of individuals who contribute to the development of voluntary standards and the mission of 3-A SSI. Nominations for the awards are made by fellow volunteers from the three stakeholder groups in 3-A SSI – regulatory sanitarians, fabricators, and processors – and others.
Bokelmann has been a participant in 3-A SSI activities for more than 30 years. He is the Work Group 10 Chairman for Cheese and Butter Equipment standards. Bokelmann is also a Certified Conformance Evaluator, one of 16 in the world, who performs Third Party Verification inspections of new equipment to verify compliance to applicable 3-A Sanitary Standards.