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A Tale of Two Markets – Pressure Continues on Low-Grade Hardwood Prices - Nov 9, 2018 
Often pallet buyers receive a mixed report on the availability of hardwood supplies and hardwood prices. In reality, there are two major parts of the hardwood sector – industrial or low-grade and grade lumber used for flooring, cabinetry, molding and furniture. Sometimes the two markets operate in tandem; sometimes they run in different directions. more...
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Faith-Based Conference Explored Human Resources Strategies, Part II - Nov 9, 2018 
Working with employees to improve retention isn’t hard; it just requires engagement. That is one of the key points made at the third annual Kingdom Business Workshop.; Winter 2018 White Paper: This four-page report explains the current state of the low-grade/industrial markets with a focus on the hardwood region where prices continue to go up or at least remain strong.; Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users: If you missed our webinar last week, you can listen to the recording or even share it with your pallet buying customers. Subscribers are licensed to forward this webinar to their pallet buying customers. more...
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Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users -- Smart Design - Nov 9, 2018 
Webinar featuring Mark White, Ph.D., speaking on smart design and ways to make pallets perform better and cut costs. This video provices information on pallet design, wood species, and strategies to boost performance. The webinar can be viewed at http://www.palletprofile.com/Smart_Design_Webinar_Video_Rough_Cut.mp4. more...
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Election Nears, Change Is in the Air - Nov 2, 2018 
As the nation goes to the polls what does all of this mean for the pallet and forest products sector? This article looks at some key issues that may not make the evening news, but they are important for a healthy forest products economy.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: We need your feedback to help us know exactly what we should track and how we should report it.; EPAL Names New CEO, Focuses on Developing a Smart Pallet: The European Pallet Associationhas tapped Christian Kühnhold as the new CEO of the organization. more...
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Hardwood Federation Calls on Industry to Lobby Lawmakers Face-to-Face While on Recess - Oct 26, 2018 
Now is the best and most effective time for you to speak directly to them about what you are most concerned about. Members of Congress will be holding public forums, participating in community events and touring various businesses across your state.; OSHA Relaunches Site-Specific Targeting Program for Inspections: It appears the new inspection initiative is designed to encourage greater participation in OSHA’s electronic data collections efforts. Sources say that barely half of employers who are required to submit OSHA Form 300A have actually done so.; President Trump Proclaims Forest Products Week: On October 19, President Donald Trump proclaimed October 21 to 27th National Forest Products Week. We provide the full copy of his statement. more...
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Faith-Based Conference Explored Culture Change Trends & Tips - Oct 26, 2018 
Many attendees commented how helpful all the real-world information was as L&R opened up its human resources practices that have garnered attention from the industry as well as national media. This article is a summary of some of the key lessons from the event.; Pallet Recycling Pioneer Wants to Talk: And he is seeking to jump start a series of Roundtable Discussions that will bring together a small group of recyclers from around the country to talk specifics about how to solve some of the pressing issues of the day.; OSHA Relaunches Site-Specific Targeting Program for Inspections: What does reviving the SST Program mean for pallet companies? It suggests that you can expect stepped up inspections, as well as that you should consider filing electronic data if you haven’t already done so in the past. more...
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Cement Industry Takes Aim at CLT - Oct 19, 2018 
The concrete industry has called for more detailed tests to be conducted and released to the public regarding cross laminated timber. It wants exterior fire, wind damage and heavy load tests.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: You will find a simple five-question survey in this issue. We are also going to email out the survey in the coming weeks. We need every subscriber east of the Rockies to fill out this survey.; Vicki Christiansen Named as New Forest Service Chief: She discussed her vision for the U.S. Forest Service, her efforts to improve management on National Forest Service lands, and the recognition of loggers as the “boots on the ground” to help ensure better outcomes for public lands.; Financial Press Indicate Interest in IFCO Sale: Brambles obtained IFCO in 2010 from private equity investors APEX Partners. According to the Australian Financial Review, the Macquarie Financial Group has suggested a value for IFCO of $3-3.6 billion in Australian dollars when sold. more...
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Faith-Based Conference Explored How to Change Company Culture for the Better: Part I - Oct 12, 2018 
Many attendees commented how helpful all the real-world information was as Denver based L&R Pallet opened up its human resources practices that have garnered attention from the industry as well as national media.; Wood Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users: Consider signing up your customers for FREE for a webinar scheduled for October 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The webinar is titled, “A Truly Smart Pallet — Designing the Best Pallet to Reduce Damage and Costs.”; Maine Industry Must Adapt, Says Report: A wood supply analysis performed in conjunction with the report concluded that there is a significant opportunity for increased use of Maine softwoods, most notably the spruce/fir resource, as well as hemlock. more...
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New North American Trade Deal Reached, Questions Remain for Softwood Dispute - Oct 4, 2018 
A key concern for the U.S. sawmill sector is the Chapter 19 special dispute resolution process, which the Canadian government has used in the past to thwart softwood duty assessments. The new agreement pretty much retains the Chapter 19 process under a new name.; Alleged Pallet Thieves Apprehended in California: After an assault and theft on October 1st, local authorities may have caught suspects who were involved with previous pallet theft incidents.; Brambles Continues to Make Strides Towards Its Long-term Sustainability Goals: This Sustainability Review should inspire other pallet companies to consider how they can track and report various actions they take to improve the environment, reduce waste and give back to local communities.; Profile Regional Lumber Trends Quarterly Graphs: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year. more...
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Get Ready — Forest Products Week to Be Celebrated in October - Sep 28, 2018 
The presidential proclamation to be issued on October 22nd offers an opportunity for wood products companies to tout the benefits of wood and promote our stewardship of national resources. For most pallet companies, this is just another week on the calendar. But what if you took a few steps to promote the benefits of wood to your employees, customers and community?; Chinese Plywood Subject to Duties: The ruling applies to hardwood plywood packaged as kitchen cabinets. According to the DOC, it is being sold at unfairly low prices in the United States. Going forward, it will be subject to duties unless it is packaged for sale to a consumer end-user. more...
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