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Trucking Capacity Concerns and Trends for the Future - Feb 16, 2018 
From increased demand to higher competition for drivers to an evolving supply chain due to e-commerce and omni-channel retail focus to the impact of technology and regulations, now is a time for great change for the U.S. trucking sector.; Grey Mountain Partners Finalizes Acquisition of CHEP Recycled: CHEP Recycled is the largest whitewood pallet recycler in North America, with a footprint of 73 locations and approximately 2,400 employees. Additional comments sought from Grey Mountain were unavailable other than prepared news releases. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap, Part III - Feb 9, 2018 
Publisher Chaille Brindley focuses on “Stranger Things – Five Key Trends that Will Change Everything in the Pallet Industry” and the presentation by the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) on its new outdoor storage best practices standard.; CHEP Partners with Grimmway Farms, Explores Benefits of Pooling: The pallet rental and pooling giant is targeting the North American agricultural market and recently focused on its long-term collaboration with Grimmway Farms, a major grower of carrots on the West Coast.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Investigators in Midland, Texas, believe that a second fire started on a pile of pallets likely was caused by arson. A New York company plans to put up an 11-story wooden building on a site it is redeveloping in Newark, New Jersey. A Canadian lumber company executive is urging the government not to give in to the lengthy battle with the U.S. over softwood lumber exports. The Colorado Department of Transportation is researching the use of wood material that would be scattered on icy roads to make driving safer. Oklahoma-based Greystone Logistics, which manufactures plastic pallets, saw sales increase 6% to $9.7 million for the three months ending in November. The driver of a van in the town of Paterna, Spain, was caught on video driving around with 20 pallets stacked on the roof of the vehicle. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap Part II - Feb 2, 2018 
Continuing a look at key issues covered at the Western Pallet Association (WPA) annual meeting, speakers spoke on major trends in the industry and how to run a lean operation.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Charlotte-based Tree Brand Packaging stated it will invest $1.3 million in a new plant. A recent fire destroyed Hershberger Manufacturing’s pallet plant in Windsor, Ohio. Beginning last month OSHA has adjusted the civil penalty amounts it charges for workplace safety and health violations. OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A. more...
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Brambles Sells CHEP Recycled to Investment Fund Grey Mountain Partners - Jan 29, 2018 
In early January, Brambles announced the sale of its CHEP Recycled division to Grey Mountain Partners, a private equity firm based in Colorado.; NWPCA Develops Pallet Storage and Fire Compliance Best Practices: The NWPCA has spent considerable resources to develop this manual, and it has released it for free to the entire industry because the hope is that it makes all pallet yards safer and help eliminate the need for stricter rules by code officials in the future.; Calif. Pallet Company Cited for Overtime Wage Violations: A pallet business in Fontana, California, has agreed to pay nearly $290,000 in back wages and damages to employees for alleged overtime violations. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap, Part I - Jan 26, 2018 
The Western Pallet Association meeting is truly a fun, family-like atmosphere. Even if you are not in the West, it can be a great place to network, learn and just enjoy some great weather and hospitality in the perfect weather offered up by Palm Springs.; Calif. Pallet Company to Pay Back Wages: The agreement with Forest Green Products Inc. involves 60 employees, according to the Department of Labor. The company agreed to pay $289,216.; VA Tech to Offer Unit Load Design Short Course: The program takes place from May 1-3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia and is designed to help pallet and packaging providers and users to make better design decisions.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Salvage logging is planned on more than 20 square miles of land that burned in southwest Oregon last summer. Three of Rehrig Pacific’s GMA pallets are now compliant with stringent fire safety standards. Propak will open a service center to handle CHEP pallets in Caldwell, Idaho. more...
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New Year Looks Good for Trucking, Tight on Supply - Jan 19, 2018 
Underlying the optimism is that fact that economic indicators are pointing to a potential for a sustained period of business expansion in the United States and abroad.; Marv Chell Passes Away: Marv started Viking Engineering and became known for the Viking nailing machines, in particular the Duo-Matic nailing system.; Viking Engineering Sells to Spell Capital: Today’s management team, under the leadership of current president Kurt Larsen, will remain in place, and the company will continue to focus on product innovation. more...
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Brambles Sells CHEP Recycled to Investment Fund - Jan 12, 2018 
The largest pallet recycler in North America was sold for an enterprise value of US$115 million pending standard regulatory review.; NWPCA Releases Manual for Outdoor Pallet Storage and Fire Code Compliance: The complimentary manual was produced to assist the industry in compliance with the new outdoor pallet storage provisions incorporated in the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC).; Marv Chell Passes Away: Former President of Viking Engineering & Development, Inc. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7. more...
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Tax Reform Insights - Jan 5, 2018 
On a very basic level, you will have to change the amount that you withhold from employees, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is expected to announce in January new guidance on withholding policies.; Gordon Hughes Retires from Serving the Pallet Industry After 47 Years: From 1970 to 2009, Hughes led the Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association (CWPCA) and worked tirelessly to advance the cause of the wood products sector in North America and around the globe.; Logging Firm Settles Lawsuit: CLT Logging paid $1.95 million last week to settle the allegations that it caused the Dillon Fire in Siskiyou County that burned 318 acres.; Quarterly Graphs, Regional Lumber Trends: For each hardwood region, the hardwood cant price represents an average of hardwood cant prices for the states included in the region. more...
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Trucking Faces Critical Issues Ahead. Are You Ready? - Dec 26, 2017 
Driver shortage has taken the top spot. Many of these top ten concerns deal with regulations, compliance or staffing issues. The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and the hours-of-service (HOS) rule, both moved down to second and third respectively.; New PDS Software Update Includes New Analysis for Recycled Pallets, Fasteners: The NWPCA is dedicating significant resources as part of the implementation of its strategic plan to ensure that PDS remains cutting edge technology. NWPCA and The Pallet Foundation will invest nearly $1.5 million over the next two years. more...
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Southern California Fires Raging Out of Control - Dec 22, 2017 
The winds behind this blaze were so intense that it burned almost a million acres in a 24-hour period. Hurricane force winds were so intense that the fire jumped across the tree tops, right over a valley about a mile wide.; Moody’s Predicts Stable Forest Products Sector for 2018: The likelihood of strong profits from the wood products business will help to offset the secular declines in the printing and writing paper segment. more...
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