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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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U.S. Announces Antidumping Duties, Negotiations Continue in Softwood Lumber Fight - Jun 29, 2017 
Both governments are still working on a deal and are a bit closer than they were a few months ago. That’s the main takeaway from the latest round of news in the trade battle between the United States and Canada over softwood lumber imports.; OSHA Delays Electronic Record Compliance Date: The proposed delay until Dec. 1, 2017 will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. more...
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Tomorrow’s Pallet Industry Today – Review from LIGNA 2017: Part IV - Jun 22, 2017 
Robots and automation aren’t the future of the pallet industry. People are. Advanced automation is a great tool. But it takes smart, dedicated people to make them work.; NWPCA Offers Chicago Safety Meeting: Dubbed the ‘Year of Safety’ the NWPCA has put a significant focus this year on safety and fire prevention. Please consider attending the Chicago regional safety meeting held August 3. more...
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Tomorrow’s Pallet Industry Today – Review from LIGNA 2017: Part III - Jun 15, 2017 
“Double the fun.” What do I mean by that phrase? The idea is if you have to do something once, why not try to do double the volume on each step?; Lumber Program Exemption Unchanged: Companies that produce or import less than 15 million board feet per year would be exempt, as they currently are.; Bob Hanna Passes Away: He started Bob Hanna Machinery Sales Company in 1978 and West Plains Machinery Company in 1983; he was widely known in the pallet and machinery business. more...
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