LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2018 — Three of Rehrig Pacific‘s GMA pallets are now compliant with stringent fire safety standards. The GMA 224 non-halogenated fire retardant (NHFR) pallet, GMA 228 NHFR pallet, and GMA 232 NHFR pallet, have met Factory Mutual (FM) Standard 4996, classification of idle pallets as equivalent to wood.
To meet this Standard, plastic pallets must exhibit burning characteristics that are comparable to, or less critical than, traditional wood pallets. This means that in the case of an emergency, substantially less water is needed to put out a blaze. For warehouses, shipping centers, or storage facilities where many idle pallets are stored, this certification is incredibly valuable, helping create safer working environments for employees.
“This is a huge accomplishment for us,” said Holly Maher, Rehrig Pacific’s National Director of Retail. “It has taken a lot of determination, but we are proud to now offer GMA pallets that stand up to the rigorous requirements of FM Approvals. And most importantly, this achievement represents a huge step forward in our ability to serve clients in the CPG and Retail spaces.”
Rehrig Pacific’s GMA 224 NHFR, GMA 228 NHFR, and GMA 232 NHFR are four-way entry, HDPE plastic pallets. They are nominal 40 x 48 x 5.6 in. (1 x 1.2 x 0.142 m), meeting the strict Grocery Manufacturers Association specification. This low height enables 570 pallets to fit in a standard 53′ trailer, allowing more volume than most other block pallets.
“At Rehrig Pacific, we’re constantly focusing on new ways to better serve our customers,” Maher said. “From the beginning, we’ve designed these pallets to be strong, durable, and long-lasting – meeting the FM Approvals Standard is just another way to help make these products better, providing Rehrig Pacific customers with the best options on the market.”
Rehrig Pacific Company is a leader in providing operational and supply chain optimization solutions for 11 vertical industries: Bakery; Beverage; Dairy; Environmental; Foodservice; Fresh Produce; Protein; Beer, Wine and Spirits; Retail; Automotive Aftermarket; Home Improvement; and Upstream Supply Chain for CPGs. Rehrig Pacific’s optimization solutions derive from the belief in challenging the status quo on how products and ideas move. The company’s proven success comes from focusing on the needs of its customers’ customer, integrating technology to eliminate waste, enhancing the consumer’s experience, continually delivering solutions that are simple and easy to implement, and providing ideas that are driven by a relentless commitment to sustainability.