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Biden Administration Rolls Out Economic Plans - Apr 8, 2021 
Many pallet companies are reporting difficulty getting new workers and have pointed to government assistance as a major reason for the lack of available workers. The move to extend the $300 monthly unemployment insurance supplement into September will only continue the labor woes.; Discover Why Wood Wins the Sustainability Case: The NWPCA is celebrating Earth Day 2021 (April 22nd) by hosting a webinar on sustainability. The event is free for NWPCA members and their customers and seating is limited, so interested parties should register today. more...
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CHEP Revises ARP for General Recycler Market - Apr 1, 2021 
This action suggests that CHEP is finding some market opposition to its previous efforts to reduce ARP fees.; Labor Solutions Covered in Industry Webinar: Chaille Brindley, recently spoke at the Ohio Forestry Association’s virtual annual meeting covering major labor trends and issues.; Quarterly Regional Lumber Trends: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year. more...
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Kamps Inc. Acquires Florida Pallet Recycler, Outlines What Makes for A Successful Transaction - Mar 26, 2021 
Kamps recently acquired Pallet Industries of Florida to expand its footprint in the Southeast. Pallet Industries (PI) was established in 2007 and has two locations in Florida: Deerfield (South) and Mulberry (Central). The strategic locations of the two facilities have allowed Pallet Industries to cover the majority of the state for many years; including key markets such as Orlando, Tampa and Miami.; Tips to Safeguard Pallet Stacks at Customer Locations: Sometimes this activity results from a misunderstanding, scavengers believe pallets left outside of retail or distribution facilities are just trash. Others may knowingly take pallets hoping they won’t get caught. more...
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U.S. Housing Market Continues Strong Upward Push - Mar 19, 2021 
Month-over-month and year-over-year United States housing market data were mostly positive. Aggregate multi-family starts decreased month-over-month and year-over year. New and existing house sales were positive month-over-month and year-over-year.; Sunbelt Continues Growth in Treated Wood Business through Acquisition: A subsidiary of UFP Industries, Sunbelt has agreed to purchase the assets of Spartanburg Forest Products Corp. for about $17 million. more...
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Tips for Selecting the Right Grinding Equipment to Turn Waste into Profit - Mar 19, 2021 
This guide has information on various suppliers, technologies and tips to consider when selecting the right grinder to fit your needs.; Tips for Pallet Companies Caught in Insurance Squeeze: Pallet companies are being squeezed because the industry has experienced numerous fire-related losses in years past, according to insurance officials.; Pallet Industry Meetings and Events Scheduled for 2021: While the events could be impacted by new outbreaks or local ordinances, it is still a good idea to develop a game plan and register for any event you would like to attend. more...
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Hardwood Export Leader Shares Insights on Foreign Markets - Mar 12, 2021 
Michael Snow, the executive direct of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) recently sat down with the Profile and explained the latest developments in Asia, especially China, and how it could have ripple effects here in the United States.; Virginia Tech Offers Short Course at EXPO Richmond 2021: If you want to better understand wood properties and the relationship between water and wood, don’t miss a training course being held in conjunction with EXPO Richmond. more...
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Global Issues Could Impact Domestic Supply - Mar 5, 2021 
Over the last two decades, China has become an even larger buyer on the global wood market since the nation reduced its use of domestic logs and timber to preserve forests. Both the United States and Russia have become major suppliers of wood material (including logs and lumber) to China. However, Russia may ban the export of softwood logs and high-value hardwood logs by the end of 2021.; SLB Increases Assessment Rate: These funds are used for softwood lumber research, innovation, promotion, consumer education and industry information. Checkoffs are designed to boost markets for agricultural products.; Hurricane Michael Remnants Pose Wildfire Dangers Years Later: An estimated 550 million trees in Florida, weighing 72 million tons, were damaged or destroyed by the storm.; NEWS IN BRIEF: EPAL recently reported that its Euro pallets are being used to safely transport coronavirus vaccines throughout Europe. more...
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CHEP Develops Plastic Pallet Trial for Costco, No Roll Out Planned Yet - Feb 25, 2021 
The challenges are clear. A plastic pallet is at least three times the cost of a quality wooden pooled pallet. While there are some system benefits to plastic, somebody has to be willing to pay for the higher-priced asset.; Price Increases Show U.S. Trends Mirrored in Europe: European lumber producers have increased shipments to the United States given the skyrocketing lumber prices here. more...
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Nail Prices Rise Pushed by Steel Spikes and Shipping Challenges - Feb 23, 2021 
The primary drivers are rising steel costs in conjunction with skyrocketing international freight costs. Besides just rising steel costs, importers are facing shipping challenges and unparalleled freight cost hikes.; Recycle Record Launches New Logo and Design: This is the first step of a plan to better refresh the brands, integrate the websites and prepare for a new website launch in 2021.;Brambles Results Strong Pallet Demand, CHEP Institutes Customer Surcharges: One very interesting development over the last few years is Costco pushing for a rental plastic pallet program with CHEP.; Do Your Employees Have Grit? Start thinking about core values, recognition and how pallet companies can work to produce a better culture. more...
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Pallet Industry Meetings and Events Scheduled for 2021 - Feb 19, 2021 
While the events could be impacted by new outbreaks or local ordinances, it is still a good idea to develop a game plan and register for any event you would like to attend. Event sponsors and hotels are providing liberal refund policies in most cases. Be sure to check first when registering.; Pallet Profile Launches New Logo and Design: As part of a plan to better refresh the brands, integrate the websites and prepare for a new website launch in 2021, Pallet Profile and Recycle Record have both launched new color schemes, logos and designs for the print and online publications. more...
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