The Pallet Foundation Raises Record $238,000 for Research, Outreach, and Education

A scene from the WPA auction.

The sixth annual Pallet Foundation Auction held at the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) Annual Leadership Conference smashed through previous historical records. The fun-filled two-hour event at the Loews Ventana Resort in Tucson, Arizona raised a record $168,000 for The Pallet Foundation. During the event, the Western Pallet Association (WPA) presented The Pallet Foundation with an additional $70,000 raised at their auction in January, bringing the total amount raised already in 2017 to $238,000.

Governed by a volunteer board of trustees, The Pallet Foundation supports research, education, training, and safety in the wood packaging industry. The Foundation also supports testing, data collection and analysis for the Pallet Design System™ (PDS) and other related research projects.

During their recent March meeting, The Pallet Foundation trustees approved approximately $200,000 for funding new and innovative projects. Trustee Chairman Bob Wenner noted, “Our thanks go out to the members of the NWPCA and WPA. Their strong financial support is further testimony to the importance and value of the Foundation’s work.” Wenner continued, “This year’s record number of projects funded ensure that: 1) We better understand all the environmental benefits that wood packaging provides; 2) We further expand our outreach activities to universities and wood packaging consumers, and; 3) We support the ongoing development of PDS to assure it remains the globally-preferred software technology in the material handling industry.”

NWPCA President/CEO Brent McClendon said, “The association’s membership continues to show tremendous support of the Foundation. Through their support, we are expanding our work on successful initiatives like Nature’s Packaging™, further developing PDS, and delivering solutions to tomorrow’s problems.”