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State of the Pallet Industry – IV, Pallet Automation Technology & Trends - Apr 20, 2018 
When people first think of new technology in development, the first thing that comes to mind are robots. But advanced automation is so much more than just robots. There is no one technology that can solve every production challenge.; PPW to Stop PDF Delivery: We will continue to send out regular emails reminding subscribers that the latest issue is available, but we will stop including a PDF attachment after the first report in May.; NWPCA Announces Fly-In Details: Attendees will be able to meet with Congressional representatives and their staffs as well as hear from some major leaders in the federal government. more...
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Strategies for Dealing with the Labor Crunch, State of the Pallet Industry – Part III - Apr 13, 2018 
When it comes to the labor shortage, there are three primary strategies: improve recruitment and retention efforts, use automation to reduce labor required, and optimize production processes to eliminate wasted motion and inefficiencies.; Developments in Canadian Softwood Lumber Market, Trade Case: Canadian officials stated that the duties represent a “considerable hardship” on softwood lumber producers and communities across Canada, while the U. S. government has argued that the duties were fully consistent with its obligations under the WTO agreements.; Brambles to Sell Off IBC Business: Brambles is making this move to focus on its core pallet and RPC business units. more...
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Multiple Factors Contributing to Pallet Nail Market Stress, Price Increases - Apr 6, 2018 
There are several reasons for price increases such as freight increases, growth for construction nails, wire rod price escalation, reduction in capacity from foreign mills, trade duties and tariffs, U.S. dollar weakening, and general improved economic activity.; ORBIS® Corp. Acquires Response Packaging: With the intent to broaden its packaging solutions, ORBIS® Corp., a leader in reusable plastic packaging, has bought the company, which specializes in custom packaging, headquartered in Piedmont, South Carolina.; UFPI Signs Agreement to Acquire Certain Assets of North American Container Corporation: This acquisition will allow Universal to enhance capacity and expand into geographic areas identified as opportunities for growth, including South Carolina and Tennessee and offer existing and targeted customers additional solutions for packaging and crating needs.; News Brief: According to a news story by Lima News, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently visited Lima Pallet in a tour to review the impact of the recent federal tax cut package. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – Part II, Political Action and Industry Communication Are Crucial for Future Success - Mar 30, 2018 
One thing on the agenda at the ALC was to improve the pallet industry’s outreach to government officials and regulators. The formally NWPCA unveiled plans for a new political action committee called PalletPac.; Landfill Survey Indicates Positive Pallet Disposal Trends: The industry has new data that indicates the wood pallet sector is doing a good job in terms of landfill disposal rates. The number of wood pallets heading into landfills had dropped drastically since 1998. more...
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CHEP Recycled Rebrands as 48forty Solutions, After Spinoff from Brambles - Mar 29, 2018 
The recycler stated that the former CHEP Recycled is now executing a bold new name and brand image that positions it for growth while celebrating its position as the leader in one of the foundational businesses of the supply chain and logistics industry.; Brian Isard Retires from CWPCA, New General Manager Named: The CWPCA’s board has appointed Scott Geffros to be the next general manager. He previously worked for the association as its assistant general manager.; Don’t Miss EXPO 2018: EXPO Richmond covers a wide variety of equipment categories including: sawmilling, kiln drying, harvesting, biomass, trucking, pallet manufacturing/recycling, optimization/scanning, material handling, logging, firewood production and related equipment, supplies and services.; Recycled Bits: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released an updated version of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS). U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently visited Lima Pallet in a tour to review the impact of the recent federal tax cut package. A report points out the rosy outlook for Canadian lumber producers. It notes that housing starts in the United States and lumber prices are both expected to rise again in 2018. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – Part I , Mayhem Is a Good Word for It - Mar 23, 2018 
At the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association’s (NWPCA) Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) held recently in Florida. The theme for the meeting was “Manufacturing in a time of mayhem.” And all of the challenges and changes taking place right now suggest that “mayhem” is an accurate description.; Brian Isard Retires from CWPCA, New General Manager Named: The CWPCA’s board has appointed Scott Geffros to be the next general manager. He previously worked for the association as its assistant general manager. more...
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CHEP Recycled Rebrands as 48forty Solutions After Spinoff From Brambles - Mar 16, 2018 
Beyond just branding and creating a new corporate identity, the name and logo underscore the recycler’s core mission. The company is committed to providing cost efficient pallet solutions, the consistent quality customers require, and a better customer experience.; Virginia Is the Place to Be for Pallet People in May: This large forest products show with a strong pallet flavor takes places Friday, May 18th and Saturday May 19th at the Richmond Raceway Complex. You can see equipment run at EXPO Richmond like no other event in the world.; The Pallet Design System™ Adds New Languages, Capabilities: Global demand for the most efficient, cost-effective, and safe pallet is drawing pallet manufacturers and pallet users to PDS. With the release of PDS v.5.4©, users have the option to enter the design details, and view or print, in any of the languages.; News in Brief: Guess where the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is going to be built? The answer is Japan. The former head of OSHA is criticizing Congress for rolling back a rule that requires employers to keep records about worker injuries and illnesses for five years. more...
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Promotion Program Boosts Demand for Softwood Lumber - Mar 8, 2018 
Third-party analysis shows the Softwood Lumber Board SLB’s portfolio of investments generated over 3.6 billion board feet of new demand since 2012. In that time, the SLB has generated $19.74 of revenue on every $1 invested.; Lakeshore Pallet Sold to Local Entrepreneurs: Lakeshore Pallet is a full-service wooden pallet manufacturing and recycling company, specializing in heat-treated pallets that meet ISPM compliance.; News Briefs: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released an updated version of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS). A report points out the rosy outlook for Canadian lumber producers. Pennsylvania-based John Rock has pulled the trigger on ordering $2 million in new machinery and equipment. more...
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OSHA Cites Pallet Company, Provides Industry Lessons - Mar 2, 2018 
A pallet industry employee was recently injured at a New Lenox, Illinois facility. The employee got his hand caught in a conveyor on a sort line when the machine was accidentally energized. Fortunately, the employee only experienced minor injuries and has been able to return to work.; Three Pine Mills Planned in the South: Companies announced plans for three mills — two in Georgia and one in Louisiana. Canadian companies are behind two of the projects. more...
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Trucking Capacity Trends and Concerns for the Future - Feb 28, 2018 
Now is a time for great change for the U.S. trucking sector. Trucking rates are on the upswing as demand increases to be crunched by short supply.; Pallet Pac Launched by Association: Earlier this month, the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) launched the first and only political action committee for the wooden pallet industry in the United States.; VA Tech to Offer Unit Load Design Short Course: Offered at Virginia Tech. The program takes place from May 1-3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The course is designed to help pallet and packaging providers and users to make better design decisions. more...
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