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Supreme Court Blocks COVID Vaccine/Testing OSHA Mandate - Jan 13, 2022 
The implementation of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccination or testing and masking of their workforce has been suspended. While the court agreed that OSHA has the authority to regulate workplaces for occupational dangers, it ruled that Congress has not given the agency that power to regulate public health more broadly.; Pallet Enterprise Releases Operational Excellence Guide: These short highlights from the best articles, innovation and ideas of 2021 for the pallet and low-grade lumber industries are a great resource for owners, managers and key employees. more...
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COVID Testing Policies and Strategies - Jan 6, 2022 
Companies with over 100 employees are considering strategies and putting into action new COVID plans. But compliance doesn’t mean mandating vaccination. The Biden administration left that up to the employers. Companies can allow workers who are not vaccinated to mask and go through weekly testing.; Three Major Pallet Acquisitions Close in the Northeast: The deals closed near or just after Christmas with the latest taking place on January 4th, 2022, when 48forty Solutions bought Industrial Pallet located in Eastford, Connecticut.; Regional Quarterly Lumber Trends: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year, and show trends; they do not attempt to tell details about small geographic regions. more...
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6th Circuit Dissolves Stay on Employer Vaccine/Testing Mandate, OSHA to Delay Enforcement - Dec 22, 2021 
The Profile has already detailed the significant disturbance this mandate could cause to the pallet industry since many workers are not vaccinated and have suggested they would walk off the job instead of get the jab.; Holiday Schedule: Pallet Profile will not be published December 31, 2021, according to our regular schedule.; Pallet Profile and Recycle Record to Raise Subscription Prices Starting in January 2022: While we work to keep our subscription fees low, everything is going up in price, and we must raise prices to ensure the stability of these important industry reports.; 48forty Solutions Acquires Pittsburgh Recycler: The nation’s largest pallet recycler acquired Allegheny Recycled Products which operates a 500,000 square-foot facility. more...
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Pallet Logistics of America (PLA) Acquires Pal-Serv - Dec 21, 2021 
Founded in 2009, Pal-Serv specializes in pallet repair and remanufacturing, pallet recovery and management systems, and logistics solutions.In addition to Pal-Serv’s four locations, PLA also gains Pal-Serv’s nationwide pallet brokerage capabilities.; Kamps Acquires Tritz Pallet, Strengthening Its Position in the Great Plains Market: Tritz is a pallet recycler and full-service pallet solutions provider with seven asset-based locations across the Plains region, headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa.; Pallet Profile and Recycle Record to Raise Subscription Prices Starting in January 2022: While we work to keep our subscription fees low, everything is going up in price, and we must raise prices to ensure the stability of these important industry reports.; Fox Business Covers Surging Pallet Prices: Reporter Lydia Hu recently interviewed Dominick Davi, president of Greenway Products and Services, who spoke on the crazy market swings.; Recycle Bits: 48forty Solutions, has added to its network of recyclers by acquiring Allegheny Recycled Products. U.S.-Canada border may be tougher in January as both governments begin imposing vaccine requirements for truck drivers. ARC Group Worldwide Inc. plans to acquire RM2 International. Pallets are becoming a more attractive target to thieves and scavengers. more...
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Publisher's Soap Box Commentary: What Bloomberg Missed on Its Pallet Podcast - Dec 17, 2021 
In a recent interview with Dr. Mark White, professor emeritus from Virginia Tech, the Odd Lots podcast, December 13th episode discussion delved into “Why the Price of Wood Shipping Pallets Has Soared.” White is a well-known expert on pallets and supply chain and is the former director of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design at Virginia Tech.; Kamps Acquires Tritz Pallet, Strengthening Its Position in the Great Plains Market: The addition of Tritz grows Kamps’ national presence to over 40 asset-based locations, 4,000 trailers and 2,500 employees. This move enables Kamps to now reach more supply chains directly with its expanded network.; ARC Group Worldwide to Buy RM2 International Composite Pallet Pooler: RM2 is targeting industries such as food and other markets where hygiene is of extreme importance.; News in Brief: Freight rates continued to surge in November. A survey found that most employers would not require either full vaccination or weekly testing until the legal challenges are settled. IEA has revised downward its worldwide demand forecast for oil consumption. more...
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Florida Police Charge Pallet Suppliers with Pallets and Trailers Worth Over 935K - Dec 9, 2021 
It all started with an investigation in late July after a theft of seven semi-trailers from two different distribution centers – Saddle Creek Logistical Services in Auburndale and the Walmart Distribution Center in Winter Haven. Detectives were able to identify the semi-truck trailers and tied them to JCI Pallet.; Cross Border Vaccine Requirement Could Further Restrict Trucking Capacity: Canadian vaccine requirements are set to take effect on January 15th for U.S. drivers crossing the border. Truck drivers will only be allowed entry if they can prove full vaccination status with an approved vaccine. U.S. restrictions are set to take effect on January 22nd. more...
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Pallet Logistics of America Acquires Pal-Serv - Dec 2, 2021 
Why is this a big deal for PLA? Pal-Serv has experience in brokerage and national accounts as well as greenfield operations, having started four plants from scratch since inception.The company is likely to do more purchases in the coming years; Fox Business Covers Surging Pallet Prices: Lydia Hu recently covered the significant increase in both new and used pallet prices since the pandemic began. She interviewed Dominick Davi, president of Greenway Products and Services, who spoke on the crazy market swings.; Holiday Schedule: Pallet Profile will not be published December 31, 2021. The offices of Industrial Reporting, which publishes the Profile, will be closed from December 24, 2021 through January 1, 2022 for the Christmas holiday. After the New Year, the Profile will resume its regular schedule and will be published again on January 7, 2022. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers!; LIVE ONLINE ABSOLUTE AUCTION! AONE PALLET & DISTRIBUTING, INC. AUCTION DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 10:00 AM EST more...
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Survey Spotlights Vaccine Mandate Disruptions and Strategies - Nov 29, 2021 
A survey of 39 major pallet companies in the United States (both manufacturers and recyclers) concluded that a majority could lose at least 25% of their workforce if a vaccine mandate were imposed. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay of the OSHA vaccine/testing/masking ETS. But this temporary injunction could be lifted by the Sixth Circuit where all the various cases are being consolidated.; Higher Diesel Prices Expected Through End of Year, Improvement Likely in 2022: What’s behind higher fuel prices? Since the third quarter of 2020, global consumption of crude oil and petroleum products has increased faster than production, which has caused lower inventory levels and higher crude oil prices.; Is It Time to Talk Green? CHEP Highlights Sustainability Focus: Is it time for more recyclers to add sustainability to their sales discussions? Some pallet providers do talk about their green credentials. But most do it as an afterthought. more...
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Pallet Prices Have Risen Significantly Since the Start of the Pandemic, What Does the Future Hold? - Nov 24, 2021 
Thanks to limited capacity, historic lumber markets, labor shortages, inflation hitting everything, the last two years have seen historic rises in pallet prices. The only thing that seems like it could derail strong pricing is a failing economy if it materializes in 2022.; Industry Promotion Could Help Ease Labor Woes: What do you think? How can the pallet industry do more to improve its visibility in the job market? The Lumber.Works campaign made me wonder if the pallet industry should consider something similar. more...
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OSHA Temporarily Suspends ETS; Case Consolidated in Conservative Leaning 6th Circuit - Nov 19, 2021 
The vaccination/testing Emergency Temporary Standard for employers with more than 100 workers has been delayed. The courts have stopped the implementation of the OSHA ETS due to ongoing legal challenges; however, until the courts resolve those lawsuits, employers should prepare for compliance suggested the NWPCA.; Forecasts Project Lower Crude Oil Prices in 2022: Global consumption of crude oil and petroleum products has increased faster than production, which has caused lower inventory levels and higher crude oil prices. This has led to the diesel fuel spike. more...
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