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DOC Issues Countervailing Duty on Canadian Softwood Lumber - Apr 27, 2017 
The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that Canadian producers are receiving subsidies ranging from 3.02% to 24.12% for their lumber imports.; State of Pallet Industry – Part 4, Trump and Safety Regulations: Hiring freezes across many federal agencies as well as restrictions on new rules will create a more favorable business climate.; Lessons on Piercing the Corporate Veil – Pallet Recycler Faces Overtime Lawsuit: The first thing that the plaintiff alleges is that the company is not properly capitalized to pay the debt owed to the workers. more...
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Trump and the Regulatory Agenda, State of the Pallet Industry – Part III - Apr 21, 2017 
Many business owners are encouraged by the potential for regulatory reform and tax changes. But change is hard to bring to Washington D.C. The rest of the year should be interesting, but don’t expect major changes to improve the business environment until 2018 at the earliest.; DOC Postpones Antidumping Duty Ruling, Petition Seeks Exclusion for Pallet Kits: The agency made the decision after a request from the committee reviewing the petition and subsequent data provided by Canadian sawmills and others in the process.; Hardwood Industry Analysis Available Online: Experts in the hardwood lumber industry gathered last year in Princeton, West Virginia. Topics covered were: forest resources, lumber markets, emerging sawing technology and other business opportunities. The information can now be accessed for free online. more...
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Softwood Lumber Negotiations Appear Far from a Deal - Apr 14, 2017 
Trump’s pick for the U.S. Trade Representative spot, Robert Lighthizer, has yet to be approved by the Senate. And he isn’t likely to be in place before the Department of Commerce (DOC) makes its preliminary determination on countervailing duties on April 24th.; Housing Shows Uptick, Some Headwinds Still Remain: Home construction is a huge driver of demand for wood products, and unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Construction of single family homes remains near the recession levels of the early 1980s.; Second Annual Pallet Palooza Scheduled for 2017: This year they are accepting entry submissions from May 2 through June 30. Entry submissions are made on palletswmi.com. This year’s PalletPalooza Day is August 12. Over $2000 in prize money is available for winning entries in the contest. more...
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Trump Rolls Back Order on OSHA - Apr 6, 2017 
Under Obama, OSHA focused a disproportionate amount of time on enforcement instead of partnering with employers to create safe workplaces.; China Logging Ban Fully Imposed: One of the world’s biggest markets is no longer allowing commercial timber harvesting.; Pallet Foundation Raises Record Sum: Recent auction held at the NWPCA ALC meeting smashed through previous historical records.; PDS Course Offered at Virginia Tech: Learn the fundamentals for both stringer and block pallets on May 2-4, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia.; EXPO 2017: Brochure included.; Canadian Market Coverage: First of the month reports on market conditions in Canada.; Participate for a Chance to win a VISA Gift Card: Complete and submit our data form. It's simple!; Quarterly Graph Analysis: The Profile examines regional lumber trends. more...
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Action Steps to Launch the Rebrand: State of the Pallet Industry – Part II - Mar 31, 2017 
If you don’t know your brand differential, neither does your customer. And in that case, you are going to be competing only on price.; Nail Prices Project Upward Momentum: While higher reported prices vary among contacts, price increases are often reported to be in the 5% to 10% range.; Crosstie Production Sagging: Class I railroads may be delaying some tie maintenance programs, which means they do not need to purchase and treat as many green ties.; President of Nelson Machine Passes Away: Billy Carroll Norris died on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Born in Coats, North Carolina on November 9, 1935, he grew up on his family’s farm. more...
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Brambles Leadership Shakeup Signals Concerns for CHEP Recycled Unit - Mar 30, 2017 
The new CEO of Brambles, Graham Chipchase, has announced the streamlining of the organizational structure of its North American business units, including the division formerly known as IFCO.; HR Survey Released: If you participated, you should have already received the finished report by email.; Euro Pallet Dilemma - EPAL Ends Exchange Agreement with UIC: EPAL specifically noted concerns about UIC’s quality assurance and efforts to fight the import of counterfeit UIC/EUR pallets in the European Union.; Axios Declares Bankruptcy: The Axios pallet had gained ground in the egg sector with a major U.S. retailer. But the cost of launching its pool eventually began to eat up available capital.; Second Annual Pallet Palooza Scheduled for 2017: This year they are accepting entry submissions from May 2 through June 30. This year’s PalletPalooza Day is August 12. more...
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Beyond the Rebrand – Putting a New Face on the Wooden Pallet: State of the Pallet Industry, Part 1 - Mar 24, 2017 
The keynote speech at the NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference held recently featured Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications at the Harley-Davidson. Schmidt hit on some key points that pallet industry leaders need to remember.; Timber Innovation Act to be Considered Again in Congress: The legislation aims to increase the use of wood in construction. The bipartisan measure was introduced in the House and was filed in the Senate.; Turning Shipping into Child’s Play: With more than 60 million refugees around the world and over half of them being children, PlayPallets International, Inc. has developed a pallet that can be easily rebuilt into sporting good equipment for children in refugee camps and disaster zones around the world. more...
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USTR Nomination Hearing Sheds Light on Key Trade Issues, SLA Renegotiations - Mar 16, 2017 
Very little is clear at this point except for the fact that a new SLA won’t come very soon, and the beginning of new negotiations continues to be delayed until a new USTR is set into office. The recent Senate hearing for U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) nominee, Robert Lighthizer, gave Congress an opportunity to delve into Trump policy.; HR Survey Released: If you participated, you should receive the finished report by Monday, March 20th. Please allow extra time for delivery of the report via postal mail for those participants who do not use email communications.; Brambles Realigns North American Business Units: Publisher soapbox piece explores how new strategy to delayer management could face some significant headwinds to growth in the United States as more and more consumer spending moves online. more...
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Euro Pallet Dilemma: EPAL Ends Exchange Agreement with UIC - Mar 9, 2017 
EPAL specifically noted concerns about UIC’s quality assurance and efforts to fight the import of counterfeit UIC/EUR pallets in the European Union.; Profile Offers Softwood Special Report: The aim of the report is to take a very complex situation and make it understandable for lay people who don’t regularly follow the market. more...
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Wildwood -- Softwood Lumber White Paper - Mar 8, 2017 
Wildwood – Canadian Duty Questions Drive Pricing Increases for Softwood. more...
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