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Promotion Program Boosts Demand for Softwood Lumber - Mar 8, 2018 
Third-party analysis shows the Softwood Lumber Board SLB’s portfolio of investments generated over 3.6 billion board feet of new demand since 2012. In that time, the SLB has generated $19.74 of revenue on every $1 invested.; Lakeshore Pallet Sold to Local Entrepreneurs: Lakeshore Pallet is a full-service wooden pallet manufacturing and recycling company, specializing in heat-treated pallets that meet ISPM compliance.; News Briefs: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released an updated version of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS). A report points out the rosy outlook for Canadian lumber producers. Pennsylvania-based John Rock has pulled the trigger on ordering $2 million in new machinery and equipment. more...
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OSHA Cites Pallet Company, Provides Industry Lessons - Mar 2, 2018 
A pallet industry employee was recently injured at a New Lenox, Illinois facility. The employee got his hand caught in a conveyor on a sort line when the machine was accidentally energized. Fortunately, the employee only experienced minor injuries and has been able to return to work.; Three Pine Mills Planned in the South: Companies announced plans for three mills — two in Georgia and one in Louisiana. Canadian companies are behind two of the projects. more...
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Trucking Capacity Trends and Concerns for the Future - Feb 28, 2018 
Now is a time for great change for the U.S. trucking sector. Trucking rates are on the upswing as demand increases to be crunched by short supply.; Pallet Pac Launched by Association: Earlier this month, the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) launched the first and only political action committee for the wooden pallet industry in the United States.; VA Tech to Offer Unit Load Design Short Course: Offered at Virginia Tech. The program takes place from May 1-3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The course is designed to help pallet and packaging providers and users to make better design decisions. more...
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Brambles Posts First Half Results, Indicates U.S. Price Pressures - Feb 23, 2018 
The parent company of CHEP returned to more historic growth trends after a very disappointing 2017 fiscal year. Profit dropped though due to joint venture costs and other factors.; Pallet Pac Launched by Association: Earlier this month, the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) launched the first and only political action committee for the wooden pallet industry in the United States. The group will work to represent the needs of pallet manufacturers and recyclers. more...
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Trucking Capacity Concerns and Trends for the Future - Feb 16, 2018 
From increased demand to higher competition for drivers to an evolving supply chain due to e-commerce and omni-channel retail focus to the impact of technology and regulations, now is a time for great change for the U.S. trucking sector.; Grey Mountain Partners Finalizes Acquisition of CHEP Recycled: CHEP Recycled is the largest whitewood pallet recycler in North America, with a footprint of 73 locations and approximately 2,400 employees. Additional comments sought from Grey Mountain were unavailable other than prepared news releases. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap, Part III - Feb 9, 2018 
Publisher Chaille Brindley focuses on “Stranger Things – Five Key Trends that Will Change Everything in the Pallet Industry” and the presentation by the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) on its new outdoor storage best practices standard.; CHEP Partners with Grimmway Farms, Explores Benefits of Pooling: The pallet rental and pooling giant is targeting the North American agricultural market and recently focused on its long-term collaboration with Grimmway Farms, a major grower of carrots on the West Coast.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Investigators in Midland, Texas, believe that a second fire started on a pile of pallets likely was caused by arson. A New York company plans to put up an 11-story wooden building on a site it is redeveloping in Newark, New Jersey. A Canadian lumber company executive is urging the government not to give in to the lengthy battle with the U.S. over softwood lumber exports. The Colorado Department of Transportation is researching the use of wood material that would be scattered on icy roads to make driving safer. Oklahoma-based Greystone Logistics, which manufactures plastic pallets, saw sales increase 6% to $9.7 million for the three months ending in November. The driver of a van in the town of Paterna, Spain, was caught on video driving around with 20 pallets stacked on the roof of the vehicle. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap Part II - Feb 2, 2018 
Continuing a look at key issues covered at the Western Pallet Association (WPA) annual meeting, speakers spoke on major trends in the industry and how to run a lean operation.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Charlotte-based Tree Brand Packaging stated it will invest $1.3 million in a new plant. A recent fire destroyed Hershberger Manufacturing’s pallet plant in Windsor, Ohio. Beginning last month OSHA has adjusted the civil penalty amounts it charges for workplace safety and health violations. OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A. more...
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Brambles Sells CHEP Recycled to Investment Fund Grey Mountain Partners - Jan 29, 2018 
In early January, Brambles announced the sale of its CHEP Recycled division to Grey Mountain Partners, a private equity firm based in Colorado.; NWPCA Develops Pallet Storage and Fire Compliance Best Practices: The NWPCA has spent considerable resources to develop this manual, and it has released it for free to the entire industry because the hope is that it makes all pallet yards safer and help eliminate the need for stricter rules by code officials in the future.; Calif. Pallet Company Cited for Overtime Wage Violations: A pallet business in Fontana, California, has agreed to pay nearly $290,000 in back wages and damages to employees for alleged overtime violations. more...
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Things to Think About – WPA Recap, Part I - Jan 26, 2018 
The Western Pallet Association meeting is truly a fun, family-like atmosphere. Even if you are not in the West, it can be a great place to network, learn and just enjoy some great weather and hospitality in the perfect weather offered up by Palm Springs.; Calif. Pallet Company to Pay Back Wages: The agreement with Forest Green Products Inc. involves 60 employees, according to the Department of Labor. The company agreed to pay $289,216.; VA Tech to Offer Unit Load Design Short Course: The program takes place from May 1-3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia and is designed to help pallet and packaging providers and users to make better design decisions.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Salvage logging is planned on more than 20 square miles of land that burned in southwest Oregon last summer. Three of Rehrig Pacific’s GMA pallets are now compliant with stringent fire safety standards. Propak will open a service center to handle CHEP pallets in Caldwell, Idaho. more...
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New Year Looks Good for Trucking, Tight on Supply - Jan 19, 2018 
Underlying the optimism is that fact that economic indicators are pointing to a potential for a sustained period of business expansion in the United States and abroad.; Marv Chell Passes Away: Marv started Viking Engineering and became known for the Viking nailing machines, in particular the Duo-Matic nailing system.; Viking Engineering Sells to Spell Capital: Today’s management team, under the leadership of current president Kurt Larsen, will remain in place, and the company will continue to focus on product innovation. more...
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