UFPI acquires Pallet USA, boosting industrial capacity and services in the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Universal Forest Products, Inc. has announced that one of its affiliates has acquired Hartford, Wisconsin-based Pallet USA, LLC. The acquisition expands Universal’s industrial product capacity and services in the Midwest. Pallet USA operates one facility that manufactures pallets and crates. The company also distributes … [Read more...]

Arla switches to climate-smart return pallet

  In October, Arla Foods will begin the conversion of its entire production in Sweden to the Svenska Retursystem (SRS) reusable plastic half pallet. It is estimated that there are about 650,000 pallets per year in Arla's external flows and just as many in the internal flows.  “The climate issue is the biggest challenge of our time and we … [Read more...]

Durable Steel Gate Provides Protective Barrier at Elevated Work Levels

Waukesha, WI – Wildeck, Inc. has launched a new pick module impact gate, the Finger Gate. This durable steel gate easily integrates into any facility and provides a strong, protective barrier at elevated work levels, helping facilities achieve their automation goals. The Finger Gate is commonly used in pick modules/rack systems to help optimize … [Read more...]

Automation and Pallets: Modern Materials Handling’s Latest Survey

No surprise, automation is driving the need for better quality pallets, according to a September 2019 report from Modern Materials Handling. Bottom board issues stood out as being the biggest issue. But like a lot of partnerships, the relationship between the pallet and automated material handling equipment can be complicated. While pallet quality … [Read more...]

Pallets an Integral Component of Automated Material Handling Systems

Forget pallets at your peril when designing automated systems. Better performance and substantial cost savings can be achieved through integrated design. Ralph Rupert, manager of unit load technology for Millwood Inc., spoke on the topic, ‘Pallet Performance in Automated Storage Systems’ at ProMat 2017. (This story was originally published in … [Read more...]

IPP customer Richard Hochfeld celebrates as fruitful partnership strikes gold

A pioneering partnership between a fruit supplier from Kent and a Sussex-based gin producer has received a huge tonic after scooping a prestigious international drinks award. HYKE Gin, by Foxhole Spirits of Haywards Heath, hit the headlines after winning a gold award at the recent 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition … [Read more...]

Pallet & Pooling News Briefs: Japan Government Policy Drives Increased Pallet Usage

Pallet and pooling news briefs Japan Government Policy Drives Increased Pallet Usage One reader reports: "By the way, in Japan demand of pallets are increasing significantly with tailwinds of government policy so-called “HATARAKIKATA-KAIKAKU (Reform of working style)” and Logistics Policy which motivates the relevant industries to implement … [Read more...]

SUNDOG® RFID Tags for Rough Wood Surfaces

(AUSTIN, TX, September 2019) Until now, applications such as logs, lumber loads, pallets, utility poles and railroad ties, as well as live trees, have not had any UHF RFID tag tailored for these demanding applications. Utility Composites, Inc has introduced a ruggedized, long-distance, passive tag that can be instantly installed:  the SUNDOG® UHF … [Read more...]

Huron Capital Merges Northwest Pallet Services and Prime Woodcraft

Northwest Pallet Expected to benefit from Prime Woodcraft’s innovative approach and combined resources Detroit (Sep. 9, 2019) — Huron Capital, a leading lower-middle-market private equity firm, has announced an additional equity investment in its industry-leading pallet platform, Northwest Pallet Holdings, LLC. Through this investment, Huron … [Read more...]

America’s Largest New Pallet Manufacturer, PalletOne Inc. Acquires Alabama-Based Bay Wood Products

PalletOne More Than Doubles Its Wood Pallet Manufacturing Capacity In Alabama with Acquisition   ROBERTSDALE, Ala. - PalletOne, Inc., America's largest new pallet manufacturer, has purchased Bay Wood Products Inc., a pallet and crate manufacturing business located in Baldwin County on the Alabama Gulf Coast. "In my heart of … [Read more...]