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Alternative Materials (Plastic, Corrugated, etc.)
Deca-bromine to Be Phased Out - Chemical manufacturers reach agreement with EPA to phase out deca-bromine, a controversial flame retardant used in iGPS pallets. (2/1/2010)
Mondi Sells UNIPAL Rights, New Owners Looking for Strategic Business Partners - Mondi sells UNIPAL rights, new owners look for strategic business partners. (4/1/2010)
Unipal International Corporation, Ltd. Co. Handles Unipal Worldwide - Unipal International Corporation, Ltd. Co. Handles Unipal Worldwide (9/1/2010)
Alternative Materials Pallet Guide Provides Insight into Non-Wood Pallet Markets - alternative materials guide, plastic pallet, steel pallet, aluminum pallet, corrugated pallet, composite pallet, custom pallet, nesting, racking, export pallet (11/1/2010)

Asset Management
Pallet and Container Theft: Opportunity and Threat for Both Recyclers and Users - Rick LeBlanc focuses on the growing concern about the theft of proprietary pallets for some users and what recyclers should know to avoid legal complications. (6/1/2010)

Pallet User Education Series: Transportation: Deal Now or Pay More Later! - PE logistics columnist warns about the need to secure logistics costs and supplier arrangements before the economy recovers or else face the risks of a tight transportation market. (2/1/2010)
NuLyne Forest Products Installs New Sawmills Prepares to Meet the Future - NuLyne, a recognized pallet manufacturer and cut stock manufacturer in Knoxville, Arkansas, completed its new Big Jake scragg mill and added a new Meadows Mill #3 sawmill in 2009 during the recession. (4/1/2010)
Innovative Services Available Through Center for Unit Load Design Memberships - Package testing and design services from Center for Unit Load Design provide strategic advantage for leading pallet companies. (4/1/2010)
Pallet People - Wester Pallet Association Announces New Officer Slate - Western Pallet Association taps new board of directors including many well-known industry leaders. (4/1/2010)
What is Your Plant’s Fire Risk? Simple Ways to Reduce Your Fire Hazards - Use this quick checklist to ensure that your company has a basic fire prevention policy in place. (6/1/2010)
Markets in Transition: First Alliance Logistics Celebrates 15 Years of Service, Continues to Push for New Opportunities - Even after 15 years, First Alliance Logistics Management points the way to increased cooperation among suppliers, logistics savings and enhanced services to make possible what others cannot do for themselves. (8/1/2010)
Post-Recession Management Strategies: Don’t Look for New Talent Until You Know What Hidden Talents Already Exist on Your Team - A look at strategies related to management and employee relations that can help companies prepare for the post-recession economy (8/1/2010)
Virginia Tech Pallet Manufacturer Survey to Identify Business Success Factors - Virginia Tech Pallet Manufacturer Survey to Identify Business Success Factors (9/1/2010)
Hardwood Council Redesigns Website - Activities in the News (10/1/2010)
Canadian Pallet Association Selects Bill Eggertson at New Executive General Manager - Canadian Pallet Association Selects Bill Eggertson at New Executive General Manager (11/1/2010)

Case Studies: Food/Grocery
Walmart Sustainability Index, Packaging Scorecard Affect Pallet & Packaging Industries - Walmart pushes sustainable packaging standards as part of its purchasing matrix, points to need for wood pallet industry to tell and quantify its green story. (5/1/2010)

Round 1: Pallets v. Crates: Searching for Synergies in Two Different Industries - Crate design expert, Jeff Duck outlines the differences between manufacturing pallets and crates and what a company needs to know if it wants to do both. (2/1/2010)

Cut-To-Length Logging
Letter from Ed: Talk to Me! - One of the things that frustrates me the most in today’s world of ever increasing rapid communication is the lack of direct communication. (12/1/2010)

Environmental Issues
Forest Facts: Telling the Truth About the Forest Products Industry and the Environment - There are many rumors about what logging does to forests and the environment. Do you know what the facts are? (3/1/2010)
Life Cycle Analysis Underscores Environmental Challenges of Plastic Pallets - New life cycle analysis by CHEP underscores environmental challenges of plastic pallets. (4/1/2010)
Survey Indicates Trends, Possibilities for “Green” Initiatives in the U.S. Hardwood Sawmill Industry - Thinking Green: Survey indicates trends and possibilities for green building standards and certified forests to impact the overal U.S. hardwood sawmill industry. (6/1/2010)
Energy Smarts: Steps for Implementing an Energy Management System for Wood Products Facilities - Looking to save on energy costs, consider an energy management system to reduce waste and improve efficiency. This article will show you how to get started. (9/1/2010)
How Green Are Your Pallets? A Closer Look at Sustainability and the Pallet Industry - Consultant Andrew Mosqueda explores the real world experiences that can undermine sustainability claims when bad forecasting leads to greater supply chain costs. (9/1/2010)

Equipment, Products & Services
New on the Market - New machinery in the pallet industry. (2/1/2010)
New on the Market - New machinery in the pallet industry. (2/1/2010)
Pallet Machinery Service Buys Macon Machine - Greg Wine and Lawrence Zavitz form a new business, PMSI, that purchases Macon Machine. PMSI performs system upgrades for nailing machines and other pallet and sawmilling machinery. (3/1/2010)
Carolina Inspection Services Provides Phytosanitary Inspection for Both Pallet Plants and Pallet Users - Carolina Inspection provides pallet and container heat treatment inspection for both pallet companies and pallet/crate using companies. (3/1/2010)
Trace Equipment Introduces Nailer and Stacker - Nail-Mate automatic nail jig and Stack-Mate automatic stacker from Trace Equipment. (3/1/2010)
Sonoco Manufactures Dura-Blocks for Block Pallets - New Products (3/1/2010)
WSM’s Titan Series Grinders to Process Biomass Feedstock - New Products (3/1/2010)
News Releases - New products, industry people, letters to the editor, meetings. (3/1/2010)
Noble Machinery Introduces New “Pallet Hawg” Band Dismantler - New band distmantler offers air-operated table to easily remove stringers. (4/1/2010)
Trace Equiment Offers New Flicker Block Pallet Nailer - New block machine sold by Trace Equipment produces close to two pallets per minute, offers quick change over for sizes up to 56x56. (4/1/2010)
Wood-Mizer Introduces New Industrial Product Line - Wood-Mizer unveils WM3500 thin-kerf headrig, an industrial grade saw designed to accommodate larger logs. (4/1/2010)
Productivity in the Forest Products Industry: Innovative Practices Used by Forward Looking Companies - Industry leaders discuss keys to managing their time and boosting productivity in the office as well as the plant floor. From technology to customer shortcuts, learn what works and what doesn’t. (5/1/2010)
Full Version of PalMate Released: PalMate v1.0 Provides Streamlined Communication and Real-time Inventory - AMS releases full version of its PalMate enterprise resource planning system for pallet and lumber companies, offering one software platform to manage all aspects of an operation. (5/1/2010)
Pallet Enterprise Video Gallery - Pallet Enterprise launches Video Gallery with videos from Smart Products, Phillips Saw & Tool, Sweed, BC Solutions, and PalMate ERP. (5/1/2010)
Hyster H50CT Forklift for Moderate Duty - The Hyster H50CT moderate duty, pneumatic tire forklift is designed to be a cost effective balance for efficiency (5/1/2010)
Weaver Electric Provides Industrial Electric Equipment - Weaver Electric Company has provided industrial electrical equipment for over a hundred years. (5/1/2010)
J&J Machinery Releases Aftermarket Champion - J&J Machinery is releasing the first aftermarket ChampionMagix Hot Rod System. (5/1/2010)
BC Market Solutions Provides Machinery to the Pallet Industry - BC Solutions is a full-service, professional sales and business development company that specializes in bringing products and business solutions to the market. (5/1/2010)
Package Research Laboratory – Inspection and Certification with a Focus On Information, Knowledge, and Service - Package Research Laboratory: Established wood and pallet certification agency launches new Wood Tracker and Customer Center on its Website. Online portal provides extensive information and videos designed to educate customers about how best to comply with ISPM-15 regulations. (6/1/2010)
Baker Announces New Option for 18HD Band Sawmill - New option from Baker allows a user to turn a 18HC band sawmill into a resaw and back again with minimal hassle. (6/1/2010)
Phillips Saw & Tool – An Established Blade Company - Sawing expert identifies ways to improve band sawing through its various services. (6/1/2010)
Wood-Mizer Announces 2010 Sawmill Product Line - Entering new decade, Wood-Mizer expands it sawmill product line to include eight models with new features added at no extra cost. (6/1/2010)
Sweed Launches Product Development to Eliminate Scrap - Chopping scrap banding can save dumpster space and reduce costs associated with disposal. Sweed sees its 450 WM XHD scrap chopper as an ideal solution. (6/1/2010)
Pendu Announces New Five Head Shaving Mill - Looking to turn wood waste into profits, consider this new five head shaving mill by Pendu. (6/1/2010)
Viking Now Offers Automated Pallet Paint Lines - Viking introduces automated paint lines for its pallet assembly systems. (6/1/2010)
Viking Vision Focuses on Combining Technology and Flexibility to Help Customers at a Competitive Price - Leading pallet nailing supplier, Viking Engineering, expands offerings to provide greater flexibility and improved automation technology to customize unique solutions for customers. (7/1/2010)
Brunner Hildebrand Pioneers Energy Saving Kiln Technology - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
PRL Offers Bark Check Card - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
Wood-Mizer Attachment Converts Mill to Resaw - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
Baker Announces Its New Banding Notch Groover - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
VanStarr Offers Unique Safety Gear for Pallet Workers - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
Samuel Strapping Prints on Pallets with Proven Inkjet Printer - New products in the pallet industry. (8/1/2010)
Wood-Mizer Dedicates New Showroom in Honor of Steve Clark - Wood-Mizer Dedicates New Showroom in Honor of Steve Clark (9/1/2010)
Trace Equipment Introduces Low Profile Resaw - Activities in the News (10/1/2010)
Pallet Chief – New Nailing Machinery Developments for Block Pallets and Unique Applications - Pallet Chief, an established manufacturer of pallet nailing machines, has released its new block pallet nailing system, including its new mat nailing machine. Pallet Chief is also focusing on specialty nailing systems to satisfy unique nailing needs. (10/1/2010)
Wood-Mizer Opens new Texas Sales Center - Wood-Mizer Opens new Texas Sales Center (11/1/2010)
Trace Equipment Expanding Line of Machinery to Fit Needs of the Pallet Industry - Trace Equipment has introduced ten new machines during this recessionary period, an indication of its expanding services to the pallet industry. The latest addition is its low profile resaw in single-head, double-head, and triple-head options. (11/1/2010)
Saw Service Handles Wide Spectrum of Saw Blade Needs - Saw Service Handles Wide Spectrum of Saw Blade Needs (12/1/2010)
AMS Unveils New Line of Plant Floor Data Collection Tracking Software and Hardware - AMS Unveils New Line of Plant Floor Data Collection Tracking Software and Hardware (12/1/2010)
Baker BL6-23 Moulder Offers Production Versatility - Baker BL6-23 Moulder Offers Production Versatility (12/1/2010)
Pendu Redesigns 3100i Block Cutter - Pendu Redesigns 3100i Block Cutter (12/1/2010)
How to Choose the Right Lift Truck - With more options on the market than ever before, selecting the right lift truck requires a careful analysis of your operational needs. Hyster offers a breakdown of various lift truck options and strategies to consider when buying lift equipment. (12/1/2010)

Equipment,Products & Services
Pallet People - Brad Kirkaldy - Industry veteran Brad Kirkaldy joins Noble Machinery. (4/1/2010)

General Advice
News Story of the Year 2009: Uncertainty Dominates Industry Landscape - Uncertainty Dominates Industry Landscape (1/1/2010)
Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Future Shock: Predictions, Warnings & Musings - Future Shock: Predictions, Warnings & Musings (1/1/2010)
Five Steps to Setting up an Effective Preventative Maintenance Program - Jim Gookin of Viking Inc. gives five key steps to create an effective preventative maintenance program. (3/1/2010)
Back to Basics: In One Door and Out the Other – Using Forklifts Effectively - Proper use of forklifts is one of the key ways to bring efficiency and profitability into a pallet recycling plant. (5/1/2010)
Improving Your Business Process 101 - A Guide to Major Frameworks - Primer on major business process improvement frameworks and how these principles have helped make some forest products companies more competitive. (6/1/2010)
Back To Basics: Trucking – A Great PR Opportunity - Virtually every pallet supplier delivers its products on trucks. Many realize that truck drivers and company trucks can be good public relations tools. (7/1/2010)
Letter from Ed: True Leaders Stand Out, Stand Up When It Counts - I have learned that people are looking for good leadership and are willing to follow. They just need leaders with big hearts and wise council. (8/1/2010)
Lean Thinking Part I: Understanding the Lean Thinking Process - Experts from Va Tech review the differences between traditional and lean manufacturing with a focus on what it takes to reduce waste and costs in your operations. (8/1/2010)
Back To Basics: Tool Room – The Ideal Place for Controlling Inventory - Clarence provides valuable information concerning affectively using a tool room for management control in a pallet factory. (9/1/2010)
Letters to the Editor - Comments from readers. (10/1/2010)
Lean Thinking Part II: The Fundamental Blocks of Lean - Part II in a series on lean manufacturing strategies with a focus on the forest products industry, covers the fundamental building block of lean manufacturing. (10/1/2010)
Small Business Budgeting 101: Budgeting Can Help Make Goals a Reality - Budgeting for a small business does not have to be difficult. This article provides a simply look at how to create a business budget. (11/1/2010)

Federal Government Issues New BCAP Proposed Rules, Suspends Biomass Payments - Biomass Subsidies Update: Federal government issues new BCAP proposed rules, suspends interim biomass payments. (3/1/2010)
Illegal Aliens on the Job: Working Through the Maze of Federal & State Workplace Regulations - Insights for staying compliant with federal & state workplace regulations, including tips for using E-Verify, the electronic verification software offered by the government. (7/1/2010)
Biomass Credit Update: A Look at BCAP’s Past and Future Impact - Biomass facilities are gearing up for the release of the final BCAP rules. Find out what it could mean for the forest products industry. (9/1/2010)
New Tax Credits Available for Small Businesses in 2010 - Tax Credits: A summary of tax deductions available for small businesses in 2010. (10/1/2010)
Mixed Bag for Forest Products Industry: Election Results = More Business Friendly Congress, Gridlock Likely - 2010 Election Results: How will the midterm elections impact key small business and forest products industry issues? A major change in the Congressional landscape points to a more business friendly political climate as well as enhanced gridlock. (12/1/2010)

Grading Standards
PART II Finishing the Quality Circle: Quality Control Strategies for Lumber and Wooden Pallet Companies - Dr. Charles Ray expands on the initial quality control strategies outlined in the December 2009 issue. His comments may change the way you look at quality in your operation. (2/1/2010)
The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run: Optimizing the Log Mix Can Achieve Higher Profitability with Lower Over-Run - The Truth about Sawmill Over-Run: Research indicates that measuring the actual yield of the processed logs against an established mill standard yield by log and lumber grade is a better measure for mill efficiency. (8/1/2010)

Industry Standards
Letter to the Editor - Letter to the editor about his August column. (9/1/2010)
Is PIMS the Supply Chain Solution? PIMS Pallet Specification Released, Pallet Management System Takes Key First Steps - PIMS Update: Review of the latest developments in the launch of the PIMS system designed to offer a general pallet industry response to companies desiring a higher quality, managed pool of pallets. Includes comments from Costco about the proposed PIMS pallet standard. (12/1/2010)

International Pallet Footprints: Reports from the Front Line - Pallet user guru, Rick LeBlanc reports on the latest developments on international pallet sizes and standardization efforts around the globe. (12/1/2010)

International Market
Wood-Mizer’s New Small Log Processing Line: Overseas Experience Offers Solution for Tough Pallet Lumber Markets in the U.S. - Small Logs: European success story highlights opportunity in the U.S.’s volatile pallet lumber market with Wood-Mizer’s Small Log Processing line. Take control of your raw material supply and secure your future just as S&J Contracts has done in Ireland. (8/1/2010)
A Look into China's Expanding Logistical Framework and Its Path Toward Palletization - Interview with Jon Wan, president of CHEP China, about the growing pallet market in China and the unique challenges created by Chinese logistics. (11/1/2010)
Offshore Production Remains Real Culprit: Drug Recalls Continue to Raise Pallet Contamination Questions - Drug recalls raise pallet contamination concerns for some foreign shipments and lead to misinformation in the marketplace. (12/1/2010)
Seven Steps to Tuning Your Bandsaw - Brad Kirkaldy from Noble Machine identifies seven key steps to tune your bandsaw and improve blade performance and life. (12/1/2010)

Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Conflicting Feelings in New Pallet Industry Lawsuit - NWPCA sues Dr. Mark White over Best Load software, claims copyright infringement of PDS. (3/1/2010)
Former IFCO Managers Plead Guilty to Illegal Alien Conspiracy - Two former IFCO managers plead guilty to illegal alien conspiracy; others set to go to trial in late April. (4/1/2010)
Pallet Wars Round II: State and Federal Pallet Bans Point to Increased Government Scrutiny - Overview of state and federal bans indicate increased scrutiny by government regulators. (6/1/2010)
Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Can’t We All Just Get Along? - Publisher Chaille Brindley comments on the industry lawsuits between the NWPCA and developers of the new Best Load software, calls for reconciliation to bring industry together. (9/1/2010)
Software Lawsuits Mark Industry Showdown - Major legal showdown between the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association and developers behind the new Best Load software raise questions about the future of packaging design as well as PDS ownership. (9/1/2010)
Pallet Design Software Dispute Resolved, Best Load Developers and NWPCA Reach Fair Settlement - Settlement brings pallet design software dispute between the pallet association and unit load guru Dr. Mark White to a close. (11/1/2010)

Lumber Market
Changes in the Hardwood Lumber Industry and Their Impacts on the Pallet Industry - Overview of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the hardwood industry, including analysis of recent data with an eye toward the future. (2/1/2010)
Letter from Ed: Is the Hardwood Industry Going to Take a Stand? - Is the Hardwood Industry Going to Take a Stand? (2/1/2010)
For Better, For Worse! What Will Happen to the Housing Market When Tax Credits Expire? - USDA economist explains what to look for in a housing recovery and how the market may react when federal tax credits expire this year. (3/1/2010)

New Pallet Manufacturing
Cole Pallet Uses Brewco B-800 Resaws To Efficiently Manufacture Pallet Stock - Cole Pallet Uses Brewco B-800 Resaws to Efficiently Manufacture Pallet Stock (1/1/2010)

Markets in Transition: Logistics Soup – Trends that Smart Pallet Companies Should Notice - Pallet logistics guru Rick LeBlanc covers some of the top trends in logistics and ways that smart pallet companies can take advantage of these industry shifts. (10/1/2010)

Pallet Lumber
Wooden Crossties – A Major Competitor to Pallet Cants: The Market Suggests Continued Growth - Wooden Crossties Compete with Pallet Cants – Railroad crossties are the biggest competitor to the pallet industry for the cants or centers of hardwood logs. This article sheds light on this competitive market from the past to the present and future. (5/1/2010)
Letter from Ed - Trends Establishing a New Pattern - Dr. Ed Brindley reviews key trends including lumber challenges, rising nail costs, labor woes, market volatility and globalization. (6/1/2010)

Pallet Market
Market Update: The Second Once-in-a-lifetime Shortage -- 18 Years Later, Interesting Is Another Word for Scary - Market analyst Jeff McBee considers the current lumber shortage and looks back at similar events in 1992/1993. This time will it get worse? (5/1/2010)
Market Update: A Fearless Look at the Hardwood Lumber Shortage - Where Are We Headed? When Will It End? - Lumber prices have been going haywire for about seven months. Some contend that the low-grade shortage not only rivals the trends and conditions from 1992-93, but surpasses that shortage. (7/1/2010)
Market Update: In a Bloggish Mood -- Random Thoughts From the World of Wood - Market anaylsyt Jeff McBee describes some the more recent market activity in a blog format. (9/1/2010)
Hardwood Industry – What Will Tomorrow Bring? Pulling Together for a Stronger Future - Globalization, competitive market pressures and emerging business opportunities has led many to realize that the time to pull together for the common good is now. (10/1/2010)
Market Update: Can the 48x40 Whitewood Stringer Pallet Survive the Coming Paradigm Shift? - Costco's insistence on block pallets is sure to change the complexion of the pallet industry - especially within the pallet recycling world. (11/1/2010)
News Stories of the Year - Best News Stories of 2010 (12/1/2010)
Industry Members Respond to Key Industry Concerns Heading Into 2011 - Industry members give views on key concerns. Q&A with pallet people from around the country on how issues have impacted them in 2010. (12/1/2010)

Pallet News
News Stories of the Year 2009 - News Stories of the Year 2009 (1/1/2010)
Equipment and News in Pallet Industry - New equipment, activities and meetings in the pallet industry. (2/1/2010)
Pallet People - People in the news. (2/1/2010)
TYLENOL® Recall Spurs Unfounded Market Fears - TYLENOL® Recall Spurs Unfounded Market Fears (2/1/2010)
In Memory of Steve Clark Wood-Mizer President 1960-2010 - Steve Clark, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, January 17, 2010. (3/1/2010)
Letters to the Editor - Letters to the editor (3/1/2010)
Spence Industrial Supply Company – Blades for Pallet Industry - New Products (3/1/2010)
Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Cross Contamination – Real Threat or Media Hype? - Looking at the pallet contamination risk, there appear to be a lot bigger issues. Why focus on pallets? It’s simple; pallets are an easy target. (7/1/2010)
Pallet People - Two longtime pallet industry veterans say goodbye. Bob Stabb retires from Viking while Dennis Goshert retires from Pendu. (9/1/2010)
Monty Oakes Retires from Active Duty in the Pallet Industry - Monty Oakes Retires from Active Duty in the Pallet Industry (11/1/2010)
Brambles Signals Intent to Buy IFCO Systems - Brambles, Ltd., parent company of CHEP, announced its intention to buy IFCO Systems, one of the largest pallet recyclers in the United States. (12/1/2010)

Pallet Treatment
Pallet Stamp ID Theft: Are Customers or Competitors Skirting International Regulations Using Your Identity? - Feds prosecute pallet user for falsifying marks, private lawsuit in a separate case highlights dangers of pallet stamp ID theft. (3/1/2010)
Calculating the Heating Value of Wood Waste for Fueling Heat Treating Operations - Investigating various heat options to determine the profitability of turning if wood waste into heat energy for fueling a commercial heat treatment system. (5/1/2010)
Looking for an Official Solution: Industry Confusion, Concern over Moldy Pallets - There is a growing fear in the market of regulatory intrusion. But it doesn’t appear that the FDA is looking at regulating mold treatments for pallets, according to one source. (7/1/2010)
Studies Raise Questions about Some Applications of the ISPM-15 Heat Treatment Standard: Is 56/30 Good Enough? - Some studies raise questions about the effectiveness of ISPM-15 heat treatment standards, especially for treating firewood. Should regulators turn up the heat? (10/1/2010)

Markets in Transition: Pallet Quality and Automation – White Wood Works Great for 14 Degrees - Grocery guru, Rick LeBlanc, highlights Australian wine bottler that efficiently uses white wood pallets in a highly automated facility. (4/1/2010)
Markets in Transition: Is The Best Load Approach the Best Way Forward for Unit Load Design? - The Big Idea behind systems-based design is the elimination of excess packaging. Will the corrugate industry mount a fight or get on board with this unit load revolution? (11/1/2010)

Phytosanitary/Pest Treatment
New Pest Presents Potential Danger to Western U.S. - Government researchers find green alder sawfly in Western states, raise concerns about the potential impact. (6/1/2010)

Plant Case Studies: Both
Carolina Wood Products Built a Successful Pallet and Container Company Using Relationships, Turned to GBN for Nailing Systems - The Hornes have developed a successful pallet company by building relationships with both customers and suppliers. Carolina Wood’s machinery, including two new GBN nailing systems (GBN Trailblazer and GBN Patriot), are designed to offer versatility, efficiency, and quality. (12/1/2010)

Plant Case Studies: New Pallet Manufacturers
Gal Pallets Looks to Expand to Meet Israeli Market Demands - Israeli pallet manufacturer, Gal Pallets, focuses on quality and looks to expand to a new, bigger facility to meet a growing export market. (3/1/2010)

Plant Case Studies: Pallet Recyclers
New Smart Products GMA Pallet Prep Bandsaw Machine Makes Debut - L&R Pallet, a leader in the GMA recycling industry, uses new Smart Products “GMA Pallet Prep” bandsaw machine to upgrade #2s into more profitable #1 pallets. (2/1/2010)
McIntosh Box and Pallet – Focus on Customers and Specialty Needs: Bronco Stackers Serve as Focus of Recycling Lines - McIntosh Box and Pallet uses a wide variety of products and services to satisfy its customer base. A major Northeast pallet company, it was early into pallet recycling and uses Bronco pallet stackers for increased efficiency. (3/1/2010)
Cimino Box – A Traditional Pallet Recycling Company Relies Upon Saw Service as a Supplier - Over time Cimino Box made the unusual move from a box manufacturer to a pallet recycler. Cimino does not depend heavily on automation but works with Saw Service & Supply for its blades and dismantler and trim saw needs. (4/1/2010)

Back to Basics: Recon Pallets – The Way to Make Money in Recycled Pallets - Recon pallets represent the greatest potential for making money for a pallet recycler. Manage your scrap profitably. Your money is made from your material. (11/1/2010)

Sawmill Case Studies
New Baker Sawmill at Priority Pallet Is a Southern California Opportunity - Priority Pallet is installing a Baker Super Streak sawmill and Baker cutup operation to process bug kill timber, a unique opportunity in California. (5/1/2010)
RoyOMartin’s Alabama Mill, One of the State’s Largest, Undergoing Expansion - RoyOMartin – one of Alabama’s largest mills undergoes an expansion, adding new drying capabilities. The company’s expecting an increase in production by 30 million board feet per year. (7/1/2010)
Third-Party Certification and Upgraded Equipment Keep F.H. Stoltze Current - F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company uses third-party certification and upgraded equipment to stay up-to-date with market demands and efficiency levels (10/1/2010)
Tough Times Require Business Grit: Southern Packaging Combats Recessionary Environment through Expansion, Launching New Services - : Despite the recent recessionary environment, Southern Packaging demonstrates business grit through expansion, launching new services. (12/1/2010)

Sawmill Case Studies: Hardwood
McDowell Lumber Builds Pallet Manufacturing Business on Rayco Nailing Machines: Recent Improvements Include Brewco Gangsaw Line and Copper Scragg Mill - McDowell Lumber nails its pallet on three Rayco Pallet Pro nailing systems. Expansion of pallet lumber manufacturing capacity includes a Brewco gang saw line and a brand new Cooper end dogging overhead scragg mill. (9/1/2010)

RTA Annual Meeting Coming in Branson - Activities in the News (10/1/2010)

Third Party Management/Rental
Pallet Math = Profit$ for All: Experts Study the Economic Feasibility of an Industry Cooperative Pool - Pallet Math: Economic feasibility study by Penn State confirms profit potential for new, industry cooperative block pool in the United States (4/1/2010)
Pallet Pool Insider: The Right Stuff - Starting a New Industry Pallet Pool - Former CHEP employee muses about ingredients needed to build an successful white wood pool. (4/1/2010)
Pallet Pooling Insider - Navigating the West Coast Agriculture Business - Pallet pooling consultant outlines the market dynamics and regulatory burdens of the West Coast pallet business. (6/1/2010)
Pallet Pool User Education Series: Quality Should Be Job #1 -- Top Quality Concerns to Spot in Conducting Pallet Audits - Andrew Mosqueda discusses top quality concerns to look for when conducting a pallet audit, looking specifically at the differences between white wood and rental markets. (8/1/2010)
CHEP USA Turns 20: Pallet Pooler Makes Indelible Mark on Industry, Demonstrates Path for Future Transformation - As CHEP marks its 20th anniversary in the United States, the Pallet Enterprise looks into what made the rental giant such a success story and what lessons the industry can learn from its ability to institute systemic change. (9/1/2010)
Letter from Ed: Block Pallets — Past and Future Costco Makes a Move - In spite of the talk about block pallets, the non-rental market has thus far not made any significant shift in the possible emergence of block pallets in North America. (10/1/2010)
Effective Pallet Management = Data Management: CPC Embraces Data-Centric Approach, Third Party Certification as Keys to Success - Effective Pallet Management = Data Management: The CPC balances cooperation and self interest of its members using a data-centric approach combined with third party certification. (11/1/2010)

Trade Shows
Letter from Ed: New Ideas, Equipment, and Innovation EXPO Richmond – The Place to Go! - EXPO Richmond 2010 draws nears. (4/1/2010)
EXPO Richmond 2010: Major Event Shows Economic Promise, Highlights Trends For the Pallet Industry - See all the latest and greatest from EXPO Richmond, full coverage of equipment and service offerings focusing on innovation and industry news. (7/1/2010)
Kentucky Wood Expo in Madisonville, KY - Kentucky Wood Expo in Madisonville, KY (9/1/2010)

Trade Shows
Virginia Tech Offers Constructive Workshop to Improve Company Processes - Activities in the News (10/1/2010)
Supply Chain Management Education Available - Activities in the News (10/1/2010)

Changes in Trucking: Overview of New Regulations, Legislation and Issues Affecting The U.S. Trucking Industry - Transportation Watch: Changes in the trucking industry pose challenges to the forest products and packaging industries. (6/1/2010)

Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Uncertain Times - Publisher Chaille Brindley tries to get his head around the many uncertainties that are plaguing the industry and overall U.S. economy right now with an eye toward the future. (5/1/2010)

Unit Load
Review of the Annual State of Logistics Report: Reduced Capacity Causes Concern for Future - Survey indicates that logistics and transportation capacity shortages loom in the horizon. Smart forest products companies need to adjust to be ready. (8/1/2010)

User Education Series
A Woman’s Touch: Tips on How Best to Run a Pallet Dismantler from Industry Veteran - Industry veteran, Robin Brant of Smart Products offers tips on how best to run a pallet dismantler. You have to see the video to get the whole story. (7/1/2010)

Wood Fiber Case Studies (Grinding, Chipping, Etc)
Biomass Markets – Friend or Foe: How Will New Biomass Subsidies Impact the Market? - Industry experts discuss the impact of new biomass subsidies and the emergence of wood energy markets on low grade lumber and the pulpwood industries. (2/1/2010)
Grinder Buying 101: Experts Suggest Considerations to Evaluate Before Choosing a Grinder - Grinders don’t come in one-size-fits-all. Here’s what you need to consider when choosing a grinder for your company. (2/1/2010)
West Salem’s Biomass & Biofuel Processing Systems - Grinding, screening, and milling equipment from West Salem help biomass companies process fiobuel and wood waste material. (4/1/2010)
Biomass Backlash: Rules Pose Threat to Energy Bonanza - Both federal and state regulators and some scientists are raising concerns about the ecological benefits of wood biomass as EPA refuses to give wood biomass a blanket exemption. (11/1/2010)
Final BCAP Rule Released Industry Responds Favorably to Eligible Material Requirements - The USDA finally released the final BCAP rule. Industry members believe it will reduce the low-grade lumber market distortions it previously caused. (12/1/2010)

Avoid an OSHAn of Trouble: Keep Those Records! - Keeping the records required by OSHA does not have to be hard or confusing. Easy to follow directions on keeping your company compliant with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements. (3/1/2010)
Back to Basics: Simple Tool Program That Works - A simple tool program can reduce costs while ensuring that your workers have everything they need to be productive and safe (4/1/2010)
Now Hear This…WHAT? I Can’t Hear You. Speak a Little Louder! Tips on Preventing Hearing Loss in the Workplace - A pallet or lumber facility can be a loud place to work. Learn the basics about hearing protection and strategies to keep your employees safe from hearing loss. (5/1/2010)
National Association of State Fire Marshals, iGPS Resolve Lawsuit - Fire Codes: National Association of State Fire Marhals decides to forego issuing enforcement bulletins for pallets used in warehouses after resolving lawsuit with iGPS. (6/1/2010)
Safety Zone: Managing an Intelligent Safety Program - A PPE-based safety program is a necessary precaution that can preserve your company from a lot of unforeseen trouble that could even threaten your company’s survival. (7/1/2010)
No Comprendo: OSHA Issues Memorandum to Protect Non-English Speaking Workers - OSHA clarifies safety training rules for non-English speaking workers, placing burden on the employer to ensure that instruction doesn’t get lost in translation. (8/1/2010)
Safety Zone: Safety Trickles Down - Safety columnist, Gabriel Curry explains how creating a safe workplace starts with creating the right culture, which must come from the top managers. (10/1/2010)
Don’t Let Your Company Go Up in Smoke: Tips on Preventing and Responding to a Fire - Up in Smoke: Tips on preventing and responding to a major fire at a forest products facility, including some frequently overlooked keys to minimizing damage. (10/1/2010)
Safety Zone: Gloves in the Age of the Smartphone - Gabriel Curry explains why getting the right work glove requires more than just making sure it fits. From finishes to various fibers to dip treatments, spending a little more upfront can ensure your employees will actually use personal protective equipment. (12/1/2010)