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Rail Strike Looms, Yet May Be Averted By Congressional Action - Dec 2, 2022 
So, what could a rail strike do to the pallet and low-grade lumber sectors? A pallet and lumber company in the Southwest suggested that the impact won’t be immediate because it has supply to fill orders to the end of the year. Other industry contacts have indicated having enough inventory to handle a short strike.; Holiday Schedule: Season’s Greetings! Pallet Profile will not be published December 30, 2022, according to our regular schedule. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers! more...
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Retail and Transportation Figures Suggest Slower Pallet Demand - Nov 29, 2022 
While the economy is slowing, the exact pace is not yet known. Retail sales, consumer spending and transportation capacity results over the next few months will go a long way in telling us just how deep and long a recessionary environment might last.; Federal Investigation Cites California Pallet Company for Violations: The government alleged that the company’s owner willfully attempted to evade overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Investigators also discovered that the employer allowed minor-aged employees to drive forklifts which is considered hazardous occupations for minors.; Recycle Bits: If you want to find the best equipment and innovations in the industry, check out the new Pallet Enterprise Video Guide. Continuing to grow its network, Kamps, Inc. has acquired Realm Companies LLC. Carolina Handling set the record for creating the world’s largest pallet painting. more...
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Best Practices to Reduce Fire Hazards at Pallet Operations - Nov 22, 2022 
It is important that every pallet facility develop a fire plan. Actually, you don’t need one, you need four to cover various areas of fire safety and prevention. Develop a Site Plan, a Fire Prevention Plan, a Fire Emergency Response Plan and a Security Plan.; Study Estimates 1.4 Million Trees Will Be Killed by Invasive Insects: Hotspots identified in the study include New York, Chicago and Milwaukee. These are areas with very high numbers of ash trees and are in the recent or near-future path of the emerald ash borer.; NEWS IN BRIEF: PECO Pallet, Inc. has expanded its network in Ontario by opening a new service depot in Mississauga. Eagle Forest Products announced it is purchasing the lumber manufacturing plant of Family Pallet Lumber company in Tangent, Oregon. more...
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Retail Numbers Are Mixed, Spells Uncertainty for Pallet Demand - Nov 18, 2022 
The U.S. economy is in a weird situation. As long as consumer spending remains strong, the Fed will have to keep on raising rates in order to quell inflation. A retail survey of consumers by research firm Near found that at least 75% of shoppers intend to spend at least the same amount in 2022 as they did last year during the holidays.; Despite Some Lower Input Prices, European Pallet Prices Remain Elevated: Some price pressures are even greater in Europe than they are in the United States. Diesel fuel is much higher there. Labor rates are up too in Europe.; AUCTIONS: Formerly Bass Pallets Retirement Sale - Pallet Recycling Equipment & Large Fleet of Over 30 Trailers plus Real Estate! Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, 9am ET - 23 Industrial Park Dr, Lugoff, SC 29078; Formerly Genesee Valley Milling Corporation - Complete Sawmill Operation and Real Estate! Saturday, December 17th, 2022, 9am ET - 10903 State Route 36, Dansville, NY 14437 more...
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U.S. Forest Service Promotes Wood Packaging - Nov 11, 2022 
What if plastic packaging was made from wood? Since the pandemic began, global usage of single-use plastic (think straws, masks, carry-out food shells, and convenience food containers) has tripled. Wood-based packaging is nothing new. Environmentally, the virtues of wood packaging when it comes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions are highly desirable, and sustainable packaging has emerged as one of the most promising uses for wood-based nanomaterials.; News in Brief: Check out the updated Pallet Enterprise Video Guide which helps you identify new sources and learn about the latest equipment. Carolina Handling set the record for creating the world’s largest pallet painting, made of pallets. Kamps, Inc. has acquired Realm Companies LLC from Great Range Capital. Tosca has partnered with Loop, the circular reuse platform for primary packaging developed by TerraCycle. KraftPal Technologies is a manufacturer of durable, lightweight and recyclable corrugated pallets.; Auction: Excess Assets of Tri Co Enterprises & Various Consigners. Online Only: Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 10am CT. Large Amount of Pallet Equipment, (2) Complete Sawmill Operations. more...
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Federal Investigators Cite California Pallet Company for Overtime, Minor-Aged Employee Violations - Nov 4, 2022 
The government alleges that the company attempted to evade overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Investigators also discovered that the employer allowed minor-aged employees to drive forklifts and operate power-driven woodworking machines illegally, both of which are considered hazardous occupations for minors.; News in Brief: Transportation capacity is growing at a record clip in October. The parent company of CHEP, Brambles, announced sales were up 14% globally over the last quarter. PECO Pallet Inc.has named Lisa Vegso as chief commercial officer. Greenpeace USA has released a report suggesting that no plastics in the United States actually meet the common definition of recyclable. The Hardwood Federation (HF) has suggested that Congress may extend a variety of tax breaks. The United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization has released a report showing that global demand for finished and processed wood products will increase by 37% by 2050. more...
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PalletTrader Founder Unveils Vision for Future, Honest Talk about the Pallet Market - Oct 28, 2022 
In the process of interviewing John Vaccaro, president of Bettaway Supply Chain Services, he had some interesting comments about the new platform he is launching as well as the current pallet market and changes he sees taking place in the future. These comments are very insightful regardless if you plan to participate in PalletTrader or not.; Kamps Opens Connecticut Facility: The new location is housed in a 55,000 square foot indoor facility outfitted for product storage, repair stations and state-of-the-art operations equipment. The company plans an initial hire of 30 employees.; AUCTIONS: Formerly Burke Sawmill Inc, 1975 State Hwy NN, Climax Springs, MO 65324, Saturday, November 5th, 9am CT. Excess Access of Tri Co Enterprises & Various Consignors, Online Only, Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 10am CT. more...
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California Recognizes Recycler Rights, Sets Precedent for Other Localities to Follow - Oct 28, 2022 
In September, California has passed AB1760, which gives recyclers the ability to act if an owner of a proprietary pallet doesn’t arrange for transport/collection in a timely manner. It could put more pressure on pallet owners to act faster, pay more and in some cases, collect less-than-truckload quantities of stray pallets.; Pallet Survey Identifies Used Pallet Challenges and Service Opportunities: There were no real surprises in the results this year. Wood remains king of the supply chain even though used pallets were harder to find and poorer quality than in the past.; WPA Webinar Series Rewind – Pallet Industry Trends: Chaille Brindley, pallet industry journalist from the Pallet Enterprise covered macro-economic trends as well as major issues affecting the pallet sector.; PalletTrader Launches as Online Marketplace for Sourcing, Buying and Selling Wooden Pallets: The new online platform brings the ease, simplicity and efficiency of a common e-commerce transaction experience to what has been a fragmented world of suppliers and pallet recyclers.; Recycle Bits: Millwood, Inc. has just acquired its first Texas pallet facility, Austin Pallet Company. Kamps, Inc. has opened a new pallet facility in Bloomfield, Connecticut. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $216,674 in unpaid overtime wages. The parent company of CHEP, Brambles, announced sales were up 14% globally over the last quarter. more...
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PalletTrader Launches as Online Marketplace for Sourcing, Buying and Selling Wooden Pallets - Oct 21, 2022 
The new online platform brings the ease, simplicity and efficiency of a common e-commerce transaction experience to what has been a fragmented world of suppliers and pallet recyclers. It is an independent, neutral online business platform, enabling and streamlining the digital trading and sale of pallets in a collaborative, secure e-commerce environment.; New Forest Health Bill Introduced in the Senate: Its objective is to improve forest health by directing the Forest Service and BLM to set annual acreage targets for mechanical thinning projects on National Forests and public lands. more...
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Pallet Survey Identifies Continued Wood Pallet Dominance - Oct 14, 2022 
Wood remains king of the supply chain even though used pallets were harder to find and poorer quality than in the past. The study covers key issues related to pallet purchases.; CHEP Releases 2022 Sustainability Review: CHEP’s parent company Brambles, has set sustainability targets for 2025 and is working toward pioneering a regenerative supply chain. more...
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