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Countervailing Duties Set to Come Off, Other Developments - Aug 24, 2017 
Shipments processed on August 28th and after will be exempt from the CVD assuming no final rate has been announced. The antidumping duty (AD) rate of 6.87% will remain in place.; Training to Improve Your Maintenance Programs: A short course called, “Statistical Analysis to Improve Manufacturing Maintenance Programs” will be held November 14-15, 2017 at the Brooks Forest Products Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.; Litco Demonstrates Benefits, Achieves Certified BioPreferred Status By USDA: Litco’s Inca molded wood products are made from wood waste and resin. Besides selling directly to end users, Litco also provides pallets through third-party pallet manufacturers and recyclers. more...
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Brambles Signals Intention to Sell off North American Pallet Recycling Business - Aug 17, 2017 
The company intends to put up for sale its white-wood recycling business in North America, the division formerly known as IFCO, but recently rebranded as CHEP Recycled.; NWPCA to Develop Fire Safety Manual: Do you know what you might need to update in terms of your pallet storage and fire policy? The manual is scheduled to be published and released in the fall of 2017. more...
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Freight, Trucking Forecast to Grow - Aug 10, 2017 
As the U.S. population grows and the economy increases with it, trucking will remain the dominant freight mode, but all forms of freight movement are rising.; NWPCA Offers Fall Plant Tours: This year the tour stops off in the Houston area to visit four locations. Early bird registration ends August 31, 2017.; OSHA Halts Combustible Dust Rulemaking: The other OSHA rulemaking priorities to get the axe by the Trump administration are construction noise, vehicles driven in reverse at factories and construction sites, and chemical exposure standards.; EPAL Continues Growth: The organization has developed a reputation for quality and strict controls of its standards and has become the world’s biggest open exchange pool. more...
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What’s Next for Health Care Reform? - Aug 4, 2017 
Will partisan politics keep lawmakers from working to fix the broken system? Will 'blame the other guy' be the main strategy for both sides of the aisle?; Housing Market Still Struggles from Supply Problems: One problem is prices are increasing faster than incomes, and this coupled with tighter loan requirement, is acting as a drag on demand.; AUCTION! KESLAR LUMBER (RETIREMENT) SAT. AUG 12th, 2017, 9AM EST, 884 Buchannan Road, White, PA 15490. COMPLETE SAWMILL, COOPER SCRAGG MILL, BREWCO RESAW SYSTEM & ROLLING STOCK. more...
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Pallet Thefts Raise Security and Black Market Issues - Jul 27, 2017 
If you are a business with pallet storage the best thing you can do is to secure and monitor those pallets with surveillance cameras and fences.; Pallet Survey Data Collection, Impact Your Industry Through Information: Please don’t delay! You can take the survey at www.palletsurvey.com. The deadline is August 4th.; PECO Pallet Celebrates 20th Anniversary: Known for its distinctly red pallet pool, PECO has developed a reputation for quality and customer-friendly billing processes.; NWPCA to Develop Fire Safety Manual: New requirements specifically address the wood and composite wood pallet manufacturing and recycling facilities.; Keep Your Market Safe and Accurately Informed: Please help us and help your local market by reporting data twice per month by filling out the included market data form. more...
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Forests Legislation Headed for House - Jul 27, 2017 
The legislation would streamline the process for timber sales, notably on lands at risk from wildfire, and let officials quickly implement salvage operations and reforestation efforts in the case of a disaster.; West Fraser Announces Major U.S. Acquisition: The company has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies which are comprised of six sawmills and a finger-joint mill in Florida and Georgia.; Senators Push for Strong Enforcement of Trade Laws in Softwood Negotiations: The group expressed strong support for fair competition and the enforcement of existing U.S. trade laws that would lessen the harm of alleged Canadian subsidies. more...
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Wildfires Spark Concern in Canada, Starting to Impact Canadian Lumber Exports - Jul 21, 2017 
A number of sawmills have temporarily shut down operations due to safety concerns, which is further putting a strain on supplies.; Pallet Survey Data Collection, Impact Your Industry Through Information: Please don’t delay and take the survey at www.palletsurvey.com. The deadline is August 4th.; NAFTA Negotiations Could Impact Softwood Issue: The Canadian government has successfully used the Chapter 19 process in the past to bypass U.S. courts to seek a resolution. more...
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Pallet Thefts Raise Security and Black-market Issues - Jul 13, 2017 
The story is usually the same. Excess pallets are stored outside of a retail or industrial facility. Scavengers come in the night or sometimes during the day and take pallets and run off.: RM2 Uses Cellular Technology to Track Pallets: Better supply chain visibility will hopefully help reach carbon savings and improve traceability of the pallet.; JBS and CHEP Collaborate for Increased Efficiency and Sustainability: The partnership has resulted in the elimination of 880,000 empty truck miles for JBS. This supply chain optimization resulted in a reduction of more than 3.3 million pounds of CO2. more...
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Corrugated Campaign Targets College Campuses - Jul 7, 2017 
There are some places where corrugated pallets make sense. But a widespread move to replace wood could actually backfire in terms of safety, performance and environmental sustainability.; Heat Illness Prevention Tips During Summer Months: A key component of heat safety is annual training so that workers know how to spot conditions. All employees and supervisors need to know the signs of heat illness and what steps to take to prevent it and treat the condition.; Independent Truckers Lose Challenge: The nation’s highest court decided recently that it would not take up a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation mandate requiring truck drivers to use electronic devices to record how many hours they drive.; NEWS IN BRIEF: A leading pallet company in Pennsylvania recently donated a handmade wood display case to the Pennsylvania College of Technology. A shopper at a Sam’s Club in Clearwater, Florida, filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was injured by a splintered piece of wood from a pallet. A Chicago law firm is filing a $5 million dollar lawsuit against The Home Depot and Menard’s because 4x4 timbers are 3-½ by 3-½.; Quarterly Regional Lumber Trends: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year. It is a more detailed look at our regular weekly hardwood composite. more...
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PECO Pallet Lawsuit Trudges On As Pallets Build Up - Jun 29, 2017 
The major legal showdown between PECO Pallets and Northwest Pallet over asset retrieval fees, policies and lost pallets began in August 2015, and there appears to be no end in sight.; Unit Load Course Slated: Virginia Tech will conduct a short course in unit load design and performance Aug. 15-17 on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.; Heat Illness Prevention Tips During Summer Months: Employees working outdoors or in hot environments need to remember that heat-related sickness can cause serious injury or even death. more...
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