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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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Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court, What Now for Small Businesses? - Dec 21, 2018 
The decision is sure to be appealed and ultimately will likely be decided by the Supreme Court, which may now have a different outcome, with the two new Trump appointees, than a previous decision to uphold the law.; Ash Lumber Export Rules Change: According to the NHLA, the only approved option for exporting ash lumber to the European Union is the NHLA KD certificate program as proof of treatment to obtain a phytosanitary certificate.; Merry Christmas! The staff at Pallet Profile wishes everyone a holiday season that is merry and bright, and full of the light of God's love! more...
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House Approves Farm Bill, Includes Pro Forest Products Provisions - Dec 14, 2018 
The legislation goes to President Trump for his signature, and industry groups are optimistic that he will sign it. The bill includes language positively impacting issues of significant importance to the forest products industry.; Bid Proposal Strategies – Devil Is in the Details: One way to protect yourself is to put language in any bid that can shield you from unforeseen changes to any part of the process that adds costs. As the New Year rolls around, now is a good time to evaluate your contracts and bid practices.; News in Brief: A small newspaper in Ohio is seeking assistance to identify local pallet thieves. U.S. Department of Transportation recently increased fines across the board for violations of federal trucking regulations.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: We still need your feedback to help us know exactly what we should track and how we should report it. You will find a simple five-question survey in this issue. more...
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US and Chinese Governments Agree to Break in Trade Fight Escalation - Dec 7, 2018 
During a recent G-20 summit, both sides agreed to delay tariff rate escalations that had been planned for January 2019. This pause will allow time for further trade negotiations; Alleged Scammer Hits Pallet Industry: If a new customer calls out of the blue and is willing to pay via credit card, you may not be guaranteed payment, especially if the card is fraudulent or stolen. Sales representatives, need to be careful because pallet fraud can be hard to prove and difficult to prosecute.; UK Ban Could Impact CLT: The new policy prohibits combustible materials on the external walls of any new buildings taller than 18 meters, which is about 59 feet or five stories. It notes that engineered timber falls within the scope of the new policy.; Pallet Profile Holiday Schedule: Pallet Profile will not be published December 28, 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers! more...
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Farm Bill May Include Forest Reforms - Nov 30, 2018 
A major issue being debated is a significant change to forest management practices and funding mechanism to manage forest and grassland fires.; Hurricane Caused Significant Timber Damage: If loggers can get into the damage areas, the storm can provide a short-term supply of affordable timber although the storm impact can negatively impact tree farmers. more...
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