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Hardwood Study Calculates Economic Impact, Industry Statistics - Feb 15, 2019 
It looks at a number of sectors within the hardwood industry The study found that nationally, the U.S. hardwood forest products industry helps to employ over 1.8 million people and contributes $348 billion to the U.S. economy. Dspite their struggles, it still is a major player in the agriculture economy of many states.; OSHA Curtails Electronic Reporting Rule: The rule eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301, but does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain them.; White Paper Available Online: It can be downloaded from the online web portal, and is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party. more...
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What to Expect in Workplace Safety Rules and Practices in 2019 - Feb 8, 2019 
Many wonder what to expect from workplace safety and its regulators in 2019. Here’s a run-down of six key areas where we expect to see action in the months ahead.: Winter 2019 White Paper: Challenges persist for the pallet market in the first month of 2019. This White Paper is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party. more...
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Winter 2019 PPW White Paper: More of the Same — Less of a Wild Ride - Feb 8, 2019 
Last year was a crazy roller coaster ride for the softwood and hardwood markets. ost experts believe this year will see less volatility although some factors could continue to hamper production for both grade and low-grade lumber in North America. more...
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Crosstie Trends and Issues - Feb 1, 2019 
Given the correlation between pallet and other major industrial users of lumber, such as crossties, the Profile has pulled out key comments in a synopsis that the pallet sector should keep in mind.; OSHA’s Increases Civil Penalty Rates for 2019: The agency has increased its penalty schedule to reflect a 2.5% inflation rate increase.; Hardwood Industry No Stranger to Shutdown Effects: Although full funding was included in the Farm Bill signed in January, federal staff responsible for working with recipient organizations like AHEC were furloughed and not able to work on getting the designated money out the door. more...
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Environmental Survey Could Be Game Changer for Wood Pallets - Jan 31, 2019 
A comprehensive EPD is the best way for the wood pallet sector to tell its positive environmental story. Unlike a basic life cycle analysis, which tend to be easy to manipulate, a comprehensive EPD would set wood pallets apart, and would give the industry a marketing tool that no other packaging material is likely to match, because it is certified by a third party.; Pallet Industry Facts: When it comes to the recyclability and sustainability of wood pallets, there is no contest. Wood packaging stands above the rest. 95% of wood pallets get recycled at the end of their life span.; Changing Demand for Wood Fiber is Impacting Residuals Markets, Poses Threat: Overall, the analysis found that softwood fiber markets in the South are growing at a strong pace while users of hardwood residuals are shrinking substantially. more...
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Environmental Survey Is a Game Changer for Wood Pallets - Jan 25, 2019 
A comprehensive EPD is the best way for the wood pallet sector to tell its positive environmental story. Unlike a basic life cycle analysis it would set wood pallets apart, and would give the industry a marketing tool that no other packaging material is likely to match, because it is certified by a third party.; Pallet Industry Facts: When it comes to the recyclability and sustainability of wood pallets, there is no contest. Wood packaging stands above the rest, according to a study by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with Virginia Tech. 95% of wood pallets get recycled at the end of their life span. more...
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Changing Demand for Wood Fiber is Impacting Residual Markets, Poses Threat - Jan 18, 2019 
Overall, the analysis found that softwood fiber markets in the South are growing at a strong pace while users of hardwood residuals are shrinking substantially.; Update on Global Timber and Wood Products: Analysis of the global softwood sector indicates that the global trade of softwood lumber in 2018 was down 2.5% compared to the same period in 2017.; Cold Temperature Safety Tips: Cold stresses can lead to serious medical conditions including hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot.; Wood Products Are Important to Your Local Economy: Many people have no idea how important the wood product sector is to the economy. more...
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Lumber Futures Are Bad Measuring Stick for Pallet Material - Jan 11, 2019 
The simple fact is that there can be a vast difference between the two lumber markets. They respond to various factors. For example, the softwood market has been hit somewhat by tariffs on Canadian lumber while the hardwood export market is tied up in the trade battle with China.; Conner Industries to Open New Facility in Tennessee: If you are considering launching a new facility or purchasing a parcel of land, the first consideration is where your customers are located and where they are likely to expand in the next 5-10 years. Location can be everything.; News in Brief: OSHA may use drones to gather evidence related to workplace safety inspections. Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture signed a new agreement to improve forest health conditions across the state. Central Packaging and Crating Inc. is investing $6 million in an expansion of its Greenwood County, S.C. facility. Well-known manufacturer of plastic pallets, Rehrig Pacific has developed a new FM approved fire-retardant pallet designed to be extremely durable. Georgia-Pacific recently began production at its newest facility, which is located in Talladega, Alabama. more...
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President Trump Issues Active Forest Management Executive Order - Jan 4, 2019 
The executive order calls on federal authorities to set shared priorities to manage fire risks and coordinate responses after any devastation with a focus on removing hazardous fuels.; Federal Agency Decides State Cannot Set Rules for Truck Drivers: In siding with trucking companies, the agency said the state of California cannot preempt federal regulations that govern hours-of-service for drivers.: Self-Driving Trucks Will Spur Consolidation: Electric-powered AVs (autonomous vehicles) eventually will be able to alleviate the labor shortage in trucking, improve efficiency, and smooth out the bumps in the logistical network.; News in Brief: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed six members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board. The chief of the U.S. Forest Service issued a statement praising an executive order by President Trump. more...
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Alleged Scammer Hits Pallet Industry - Dec 21, 2018 
According to industry sources, this individual has used fraudulent company names and even posed as legitimate, well-known pallet companies.; Merry Christmas! The staff at Recycle Record wishes you a holiday season that is merry and bright and full of the light of God's love! more...
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