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Housing Is Bright Spot in U.S. Economic Recovery, Still Faces Some Challenges - Sep 25, 2020 
The new single-family housing construction sector is where the majority of value-added forest products are utilized, and this housing sector has ample room for improvement. This means there is plenty of growth potential in the future.; Brambles Hits Its 2020 Goal of 100% Certified Sustainable Timber Sources: These forests have to be certified by either the FSC or the PEFC. These two non-profit organizations only certify forestry operations that follow international best practice in terms of planting new trees to replace those harvested. more...
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Pallet User Survey Identifies CHEP Customer Satisfaction Falling - Sep 25, 2020 
A major driver in this development is the attempt by CHEP over the last few years to raise prices and boost margins as lumber and other costs increase.; UK Government and TIMCON Release EU Exit Statement: Many have wondered how the UK and EU government will regulate wood packaging material, which previously had been exempt from ISPM-15 requirements. more...
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Imports Continue to Stress Trucking Capacity, Especially in the West - Sep 18, 2020 
During the early days of he pandemic, FreightWaves reported that many ocean shipping companies reduced capacity. But this trend has swung the other way, as these companies are bringing more capacity online as prices rise.; Hurricane Laura Caused Huge Forestry Losses, Exceeds $1.1 Billion: Laura was more of a wind event, while Katrina and Rita brought flooding along coastal Louisiana. Infrastructure damaged by wind was the big factor this year, and crops were not as affected this year as in 2005. more...
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Hardwood Promotion Coalition Releases Research, Outlines Marketing Strategy - Sep 11, 2020 
The first phase of its campaign was to conduct research on customer purchase trends for American flooring consumers. The results have formed the basis for a new brand identity for the American hardwood industry.; UK Government and TIMCON Release EU Exit Statement: Many have wondered how the UK and EU government will regulate wood packaging material, which previously had been exempt from ISPM-15 requirements.; iGPS Logistics Receives Recognition from Industry Trade Magazines: iGPS pallets are 35% lighter than wood block alternatives, considerably less fuel is used and fewer emissions are produced during their transport, leading to the company’s environmental sustainability successes. more...
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Getting Back to Whatever the DC Normal Is - Sep 4, 2020 
Congress is coming back to town and the clock will be ticking on lawmakers to come together on a plan to fund the government past September 30 when the fiscal year comes to an end.; Summer 2020 White Paper: This special report covering the rising costs of softwood grade lumber is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party.; Tips for Proper COVID-19 Safety Controls: Four major areas of concern are hazard elimination, engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment.; Workers at Risk in Summer Heat: Working in a hot environment can cause heat rash and heat cramps — and more serious illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which is considered a medical emergency. more...
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Housing and DIY Surge Coupled with Tight Supply and COVID-19 Craziness Lead to Historic Softwood Market - Aug 28, 2020 
Pallet industry contacts have reported rising low-grade softwood prices across the country due to supply constraints. Don’t be surprised if your pallet prices have gone up some or are going up if you use softwood lumber. more...
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WTO Sides with Canada in Latest Softwood Dispute Decision - Aug 27, 2020 
Most agreed it is likely to change anything. This dispute is more than likely going to be resolved by a political solution not a legal resolution. One Canadian lumber buyer commented that the WTO decision won’t affect anything. It’s like writing a worthless check.; Summer 2020 White Paper Available: After a historic softwood lumber market over the past several months, this special report is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party.; Special Equipment Inventory Listing: Sawmill, pallet and more! LPS Equipment & Acquisition Co. more...
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Brambles Releases End Year Results, Provides Commentary on COVID-19 Impact - Aug 21, 2020 
Underlying profit grew 4% including a 1% profit increase in CHEP USA margins. It is not clear how much of that is related to advances in automation in its service centers compared to lower asset recovery fee payouts to recyclers.; NEWS IN BRIEF: A massive fire at Perez Pallets near Modesto, California, required firefighters from several departments to extinguish the blaze. Johns Manville has announced the release of an innovative, new shipping pallet technology called the E3 Pallet™ more...
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Brambles Results Offer Perspective on COVID-19 Impact - Aug 21, 2020 
Globally, sales revenue increased 6.1%. Strong growth in the global pallet businesses more than offset COVID-19 related declines in the automotive and Kegstar businesses. Underlying profit grew 4% including a 1% profit increase in CHEP USA margins.; Fire Safety Is Everyone’s Problem: The industry has been working to improve fire safety thanks to the leadership of the NWPCA and a number of major pallet companies. Pallet industry leaders realized this is a problem that could be solved for us via tougher fire codes or industry efforts to develop best practices.; Workers at Risk in Summer Heat: Summer is winding down, but the heat will stay with us for a little longer. Learn these simple rules to identify and prevent heat related illness. more...
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COVID-19 Effect on Major Ports, Update on Shipping Trends - Aug 14, 2020 
COVID-19 is hitting East Coast ports harder than West Coast ports. Ocean transit impacts inland transportation networks because a surge for West Coast ports leads to higher traffic for rail and less demand for trucking.; New Heat Treatment Cuts Energy Consumption, Improves Efficiency: A major advantage of the EZ-Flo design is the unit produces treated pallets with a low surface moisture condition, which can help reduce the likelihood of mold growth more common on heat treated pallets after conventional treatment. more...
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