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Cement Industry Takes Aim at CLT - Oct 19, 2018 
The concrete industry has called for more detailed tests to be conducted and released to the public regarding cross laminated timber. It wants exterior fire, wind damage and heavy load tests.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: You will find a simple five-question survey in this issue. We are also going to email out the survey in the coming weeks. We need every subscriber east of the Rockies to fill out this survey.; Vicki Christiansen Named as New Forest Service Chief: She discussed her vision for the U.S. Forest Service, her efforts to improve management on National Forest Service lands, and the recognition of loggers as the “boots on the ground” to help ensure better outcomes for public lands.; Financial Press Indicate Interest in IFCO Sale: Brambles obtained IFCO in 2010 from private equity investors APEX Partners. According to the Australian Financial Review, the Macquarie Financial Group has suggested a value for IFCO of $3-3.6 billion in Australian dollars when sold. more...
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Faith-Based Conference Explored How to Change Company Culture for the Better: Part I - Oct 12, 2018 
Many attendees commented how helpful all the real-world information was as Denver based L&R Pallet opened up its human resources practices that have garnered attention from the industry as well as national media.; Wood Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users: Consider signing up your customers for FREE for a webinar scheduled for October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The webinar is titled, “A Truly Smart Pallet — Designing the Best Pallet to Reduce Damage and Costs.”; Maine Industry Must Adapt, Says Report: A wood supply analysis performed in conjunction with the report concluded that there is a significant opportunity for increased use of Maine softwoods, most notably the spruce/fir resource, as well as hemlock. more...
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New North American Trade Deal Reached, Questions Remain for Softwood Dispute - Oct 4, 2018 
A key concern for the U.S. sawmill sector is the Chapter 19 special dispute resolution process, which the Canadian government has used in the past to thwart softwood duty assessments. The new agreement pretty much retains the Chapter 19 process under a new name.; Alleged Pallet Thieves Apprehended in California: After an assault and theft on October 1st, local authorities may have caught suspects who were involved with previous pallet theft incidents.; Brambles Continues to Make Strides Towards Its Long-term Sustainability Goals: This Sustainability Review should inspire other pallet companies to consider how they can track and report various actions they take to improve the environment, reduce waste and give back to local communities.; Profile Regional Lumber Trends Quarterly Graphs: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year. more...
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Get Ready — Forest Products Week to Be Celebrated in October - Sep 28, 2018 
The presidential proclamation to be issued on October 22nd offers an opportunity for wood products companies to tout the benefits of wood and promote our stewardship of national resources. For most pallet companies, this is just another week on the calendar. But what if you took a few steps to promote the benefits of wood to your employees, customers and community?; Chinese Plywood Subject to Duties: The ruling applies to hardwood plywood packaged as kitchen cabinets. According to the DOC, it is being sold at unfairly low prices in the United States. Going forward, it will be subject to duties unless it is packaged for sale to a consumer end-user. more...
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PECO Agrees to Pick Up Pallets - Sep 28, 2018 
Recently, PECO and Northwest Pallet entered into an agreement where PECO will send its personnel to pick up the pallets from Northwest and partner facilities. This is a slow process when you are talking about hundreds of thousands of pallets in various yards.; Pallet User Survey Indicates Greater Demand for Services, Rental Interest: Strength and quality may be more important than in the past given the difficulty in finding quality used pallets. Cores continue to decrease in quality as new pallets are built with less lumber than in the past to reduce purchase price. Interestingly, a leaner pallet may actually lead to higher total system costs over the long run.; APHIS Proposes to End EAB Domestic Quarantine: Federal authorities have used a variety of quarantine restrictions to limit the intrastate transport of ash wood and ash-based wood products that could harbor the insect. Despite the restrictions, the EAB has spread throughout the country to 31 states and the District of Columbia. more...
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APHIS Proposes to End EAB Domestic Quarantine - Sep 21, 2018 
EAB has become a major wood pest that attacks ash trees. It was first discovered in the United States in Michigan in 2002. Federal authorities have used a variety of quarantine restrictions to limit the intrastate transport of ash wood and ash-based wood products that could harbor the insect. Despite the restrictions, the EAB has spread throughout the country to 31 states and the District of Columbia.; Hardwood Tariff Update: The Chinese government has indicated it will impose a 5-10% duty rate starting the same day – Monday, September 24, 2018, including hardwood logs and hardwood lumber. more...
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Pallet User Survey Indicates Greater Demand for Services, Rental Interest - Sep 14, 2018 
MMH reported that at least 50% of survey respondents expressed interest in getting help to better understand the interaction of pallet and transport packaging solutions. This suggests that more and more pallet users are welcome to the idea of taking a more collaborative approach with packaging and pallet providers.; Are You Ready for a Major Storm?: Be prepared to follow instructions from local authorities and to evacuate if instructed to do so. A business should have an evacuation plan that includes emergency functions and who performs them, and procedures for accounting for all personnel and customers and visitors, and more.; Pallet Recycler Found Guilty in Cardboard Recycling Case: The Albany Business Review reported that Sam Donadio, president, admitted to underreporting the weight of cardboard he recycled from Stewart’s by 20% in an effort to increase profits for Power Recycling.; AUCTIONS and LIQUIDATION: Please check out upcoming auctions and pellet mill liquidation sale. more...
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Has the Housing Market Reached a New Normal? - Sep 7, 2018 
With housing starts showing lackluster growth and a lack of existing inventory on the market, the difficult sales situation isn’t getting any better. Add to that rising interest rates, home prices and borrowing prices, and it is easy to see why some buyers are sitting out this summer.; Ongweoweh Expands, Moves to New HQ Facility: The company has doubled in the past five years and plans to hire 25-50 employees over the next 3-5 years. The new 27,000 square-foot facility is located in Dryden, New York.; Multiple Auctions: Attend the listed three separate auctions on September 15, 22 and 29, and pick up a great deal on that desired piece of machinery! more...
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Brambles to Shed IFCO RPC Business - Aug 31, 2018 
One key difference between the decision to sell off the white-wood pallet division (CHEP Recycled) and the RPC business is that RPCs don’t really compete against CHEP rental pallets as is the case with recycled pallets.; Wood Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users: The webinar features Mark White, Ph.D., a leading authority pallet and unit load design and will be held October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (EST).; Reusable Packaging Group Launches Blitz: The campaign is called Switch, Save & Sell. It includes a website (www.SwitchToReusables.org) designed to promote the benefits of reusable plastic containers. more...
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Investor Groups Announce Class Action Lawsuits Against Brambles - Aug 31, 2018 
Angry investors claim that the parent company of CHEP withheld information about its true financial position for the fiscal year 2017. The lawsuits could cost Brambles both financially and in terms of investor reputation.; Trade War with China Intensifies, Puts U.S. Hardwood Exports in Crosshairs: At this point neither the United States nor the Chinese government have been willing to back down or express willingness to make concessions on major sticking points. The hardwood sector is lobbying Congress to try to get some help.; Pallet Business Workshop Adds Speaker: The Kingdom Business Workshop which takes place in Denver Colorado on September 26-27th has added a new speaker to its lineup, Ben Ortlip, who is an expert on developing better company cultures and employee retention. more...
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