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More Questions than Answers: OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Guidelines, Not Temporary Standard for General Industry - Jun 18, 2021 
The big difference is that one has the full effect of law behind it, and the other does not. OSHA has attempted to clarify best practices regarding how to deal with both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers in a plant.; NEWS IN BRIEF: The USDA has awarded more than $15 million to fund grants to develop and expand the use of wood products. more...
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Recycle Consolidation Race Heats Up with Kamps Buying Buckeye - Jun 10, 2021 
The combined companies employ over 1,100 full-time employees and operate over 1,000 trailers. All assets and employees plan to remain with the company post-closing, including the BDL senior leadership team led by president and CEO Sam McAdow Jr.; NEWS IN BRIEF: OSHA is projected to receive a 12% funding increase under the Biden administration. more...
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EXPO Richmond Review - Jun 4, 2021 
Steady traffic signaled that many pallet companies and sawmills are very busy and need automation solutions. About 4,000 people gathered to meet with suppliers and watch machinery demonstrations at EXPO Richmond this year.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Vietnam overtook China last year as the largest exporter of wood furniture. International container ship rates continue to escalate at an alarming rate. more...
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48forty Solutions Acquires Prime360, Creates Mega Recycler - May 28, 2021 
When you consider marrying two companies together, sometimes it is the differences that make the relationship work. In this regard, all three companies have unique strengths to bring to the combined enterprise.; Commerce to Raise Canadian Softwood Duties: Mired in other issues, the Biden administration has shown no signs of moving on this issue, a longstanding dispute it has inherited from many previous administrations. more...
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48forty Solutions Acquires Relogistics, Creates Formidable Recycling Competitor - May 25, 2021 
Significant mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the pallet industry is leading to consolidation among larger players. The Record hears that at least one more major deal with a larger recycler is in the works. This raises the question, “What should recyclers do as the big guys get bigger?”: Summer 2021 White Paper Released: Beyond the price, many pallet users are scurrying to secure supply in a market when demand far exceeds supply. To explain recent market events, the staff of the Pallet Profile and Recycle Record has developed a Summer 2021 White Paper for subscribers to share with their pallet customers.; CHEP Reports Quarterly Results, Network Strained, Sends Agriculture Customers Scrambling: The United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) has issued a letter to its members warning about a pallet shortage that is affecting the agriculture sector. The UFPA is the major trade group in the United States for the fresh produce sector. The UFPA warned that “pallet shortages are putting the supply of fresh produce at risk.”; Recycle Bits: Automated Machine Systems (AMS), a leading supplier of pallet recycling equipment and software systems, has launched a $1.5 million expansion for its headquarters. more...
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Timing the Market Is Never Easy - May 20, 2021 
As reported in the Profile market report this week, we are just starting to hear possibly a little good news about supply opening up just a bit in a few areas with SPF shipments from Canada.; Produce Association Issues Pallet Shortage Warning: The UFPA warned that “pallet shortages are putting the supply of fresh produce at risk.” more...
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Unprecedented Market Leads to Shrinking Pallet Supply - May 14, 2021 
Spring 2021 White Paper: With the constant increases not just in lumber but the overhead costs of running everyday operations, most are faced with no other choice than to raise their pallet prices. more...
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Temporary Gas Shortage Serves as Warning of Bigger Problems - May 13, 2021 
CNN Business warned in late April that shortages could exist in some areas this summer as a lack of qualified tank truck drivers could hamper delivery.; Spring 2021 White Paper Released: The rate of lumber price increase last year pales in comparison to the historic runup in price this year for both pallets and lumber. Beyond the price, many pallet users are scurrying to secure supply in a market when demand far exceeds supply. more...
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48forty Solutions Acquires Relogistics, Creates Formidable Recycling Competitor - May 7, 2021 
The two management teams will be reuniting after working together under a shared parent company, IFCO Systems, prior to 2011. Relogistics started after CHEP acquired IFCO Systems in 2011.; Explaining Pallet Prices: Not all GMAs are created the same. The reason is that the GMA is a footprint standard, not a quality standard. While there are general rules of thumb when it comes to GMA specifications, there is no quality control program or clear-cut definition that everyone must follow.; News in Brief: EPAL has recorded an increase in the production of pallets in 2020. more...
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EXPO Richmond 2021 Preview - Apr 29, 2021 
The event will likely be the year’s first and largest collection of pallet manufacturing and recycling, sawmilling, kiln drying, timber harvesting, biomass, trucking, optimization/scanning, material handling and firewood processing machinery in the United States.; NWPCA Announces Another Sustainability Webinar: The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) developed by the Pallet Foundation is a tool to help companies measure their green credentials and to establish a framework or future environmental analysis of various types of pallets.; News in Brief: LIGNA will not be held this year. Idaho and Maine are calling for millions of dollars in coronavirus relief assistance to the logging industry. more...
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