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What a Biden Administration Might Mean - Nov 20, 2020 
It looks like a mixed bag with some good and a fair amount of bad too. How aggressive Biden could be all hinges on control of the Senate. If the Democrats win both Georgia Senate races, they get control of both chambers of Congress by the slimmest of margins.; News in Brief: The NWPCA has worked with the ALSC to change existing requirements on mark obliteration for pallet recyclers. Tolko Industries Ltd. and Jasper Lumber Company have announced a joint-venture partnership in an existing sawmill. Northwest Hardwoods Inc. has entered into a restructuring support agreement. more...
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Improve Your Pallet IQ: Virginia Tech Center Offers Internships and Co-Ops - Nov 13, 2020 
One of the best places to find top talent for the industry is the pallet and packaging program at Virginia Tech. A number of large pallet companies have found successful new hires by hiring students on a short-term basis.; OSHA Releases Guidance on Proper Ventilation to Reduce COVID-19 Spread: Employers should work with an HVAC professional to consider steps to optimize building ventilation, and ensure that the system is operating as intended. more...
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Industry Conversation: European Industry Leader Explores Brexit and UK Compliance Efforts - Nov 6, 2020 
John Dye is the head of the Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation (TIMCON), a pallet industry trade association in the United Kingdom (UK). He also is technical and industry affairs director-manufacturing for Scott Pallets in the United Kingdom.; WPA Launches New Website, Offers Improved Visitor Experience: The new website has been completely restructured to provide members and visitors with: an easier way to learn about the association, what’s new in the world of the western pallet industry, new ways to connect with other members and join as a new member. more...
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2020 Trends – Christmas Season Comes Early This Year - Oct 30, 2020 
A lot more people will be shopping online and the season will be longer than normal with fewer single day sales events where everyone rushes into the stores at one time.; Forest Services Offers Wood Innovation and Energy Grants: The aim of the program is to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States. more...
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PECO Pallet Inc. Sold to Global Investment Firm - Oct 26, 2020 
One of the largest pallet rental companies in North America has been acquired by U.S.-based Alinda Capital Partners and Universities Superannuation Scheme. PECO is positioned to grow if the new owners are willing to invest in gaining market share and adding to the size of its pool. The company has been owned by the Pritzker Group since 2011.; Modern’s Annual Pallet Growth Highlights Customer Concerns: The results suggest that pallets are as important as ever with used/recycled pallets taking over the top spot.; Brambles Announces Five-year Sustainability Goals: The company is continuing its environmental focus after making some good strides with its 2020 Zero Deforestation, Zero Emissions and Zero Waste agendas.; Plant Fire Recovery Tips: These preparation and action steps can make the difference between getting what you deserve and settling for less than full replacement value.; Global Hardwood Pulp Prices Drop to 16-Year Low: Over the past year, fiber prices (in US dollars) have fallen the most in Brazil, Russia, Eastern Canada, France, Chile, and the U.S. South (in descending order). more...
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Brambles Announces Sustainability Plan, Seeks to Improve Upon Its Accomplishments - Oct 23, 2020 
According to Dr. JJ Freijo, Brambles’ Global Head of Sustainability, “For us ‘regenerative’ means restoring, replenishing and creating more value or capital for society and the environment than the business takes out.; Pallet Foundation Undergoes Rebranding, Launches New Website: “The new logo and colors, connect the sustainability element to the product that truly moves the world — the wooden pallet. We chose warm colors that connect the product with the environment,” commented Brent McClendon, Pallet Foundation secretary. more...
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Modern’s Annual Pallet Growth Highlights Customer Concerns - Oct 16, 2020 
The results suggest that pallets are as important as ever with used/recycled pallets taking over the top spot.; Report Suggests Global Pallet Market to Rise 2 Billion by 2027: Forecasts are that wood pallets will grow at an annual rate of 4.4% compared to 3.2% for plastic.; Plant Fire Recovery Tips: Navigating the insurance claim process can be tricky. These preparation and action steps can make the difference between getting what you deserve and settling for less than full replacement value. more...
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PECO Pallet Inc. Sold to Major Private Investors - Oct 9, 2020 
PECO is positioned to grow if the new owners are willing to invest in gaining market share and adding to the size of its pool. The company has been owned by the Pritzker Group since 2011.; Congress Considers Wildfire and Forest Health Reforms: It is disappointing that it takes a tragedy and loss of life and property to drive this discussion, but at least there is bipartisan recognition that removing hazardous fuel loads and thinning overstocked stands on federal forests could help the situation. more...
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Senators and Industry Call for Assistance for Loggers and Log Haulers - Oct 2, 2020 
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Loggers Relief Act earlier this year. This legislation would authorize USDA to provide direct support to loggers and log haulers who experienced at least a 10% loss in the first seven months of 2020 (as compared to 2019).; NEWS IN BRIEF: The U.S. government has appealed a ruling issued last month by the WTO involving the U.S. duties on softwood Canadian lumber imports. he Ontario provincial government recently awarded Oxford Pallet $2 million under the province’s Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program. more...
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Housing Is Bright Spot in U.S. Economic Recovery, Still Faces Some Challenges - Sep 25, 2020 
The new single-family housing construction sector is where the majority of value-added forest products are utilized, and this housing sector has ample room for improvement. This means there is plenty of growth potential in the future.; Brambles Hits Its 2020 Goal of 100% Certified Sustainable Timber Sources: These forests have to be certified by either the FSC or the PEFC. These two non-profit organizations only certify forestry operations that follow international best practice in terms of planting new trees to replace those harvested. more...
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