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2014-05-26 12:30:18

ESA Risk analysis finds savings for homeowners and local governments of excluding invasive pests like the emerald ash borer outweigh added cost to imported goods The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material of imported goods, is projected to cause over a billion dollars in damages annually over the next decade. International standards now require expensive fumigation or heat treatment of wood pallets...

2014-05-16 12:34:30

USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station Report says as much as a 52 percent reduction in infestation rate A new international standard for wood packaging material used in international trade is significantly slowing the inadvertent export of stowaway invasive bark- and wood-boring insects, according to a study by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Lead author Robert Haack, a research entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research...

2011-05-12 07:10:00

VIENNA, Ohio, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Litco International, Inc., North America's leading source of presswood pallets, has developed a new white paper for companies concerned about mold on their pallets. The paper includes information on the best ways to handle pallets to prevent the growth of mold for companies in sensitive industries, such as food, health care and apparel. It also includes information on how the materials used to construct pallets may prevent the growth of mold....

2011-05-02 06:45:00

VIENNA, Ohio, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightweight, space-saving, water-resistant and affordable, Inca presswood pallets are precision molded under high heat and pressure in a chemical-free process similar to the production of particleboard. The finished pallet has a moisture content of less than 9% and is free of any resident pests, insects, molds or fungi. Inca pallets are IPPC-ISPM 15 compliant for export wooden packaging regulations and are free of chemicals and chemical treatments,...

2011-04-06 06:45:00

VIENNA, Ohio, April 6, 2011 -- Lincoln Electric (http://www.lincolnelectric.com), a Cleveland-based manufacturer of arc welding machines and consumables, is using Inca presswood pallets from Litco International (http://www.litco.com) to comply with export shipping requirements for pallets to be free of bark and insects. "In the past, our shipments to Europe were sometimes held up for inspection," says Tom Soster, manufacturing engineering manager for Lincoln Electric. "Now, the presswood...

2011-03-15 07:10:00

VIENNA, Ohio, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) would remove the exemption from ISPM 15 on wood packaging material moving between Canada and the United States in both directions beginning in 2011. "If adopted, the proposal will have a significant impact on shipments on pallets," says Gary Sharon, vice president, Litco International (http://www.litco.com), North America's leading source...

2009-10-26 13:59:00

VINELAND, N.J., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- While others, including the Federal Government, are talking about the need for a national treatment requirement for solid wood packaging, PALNET has sprung into action. As the only pallet company with the national capacity to handle large scale ISPM-15 heat treatment, PALNET has seen the coming of this important international safety measure and moved aggressively to be ready for its implementation. PALNET, as well as the National Wooden Pallet...

2007-11-14 03:00:00

By Daly, Pete WALKER - Bernie Kamps is well aware of the battle with the emerald ash borer. Starting in August and continuing through October, the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been releasing thousands of tiny Chinese wasps in Michigan that will feed on the emerald ash borer (EAB). "I have high hopes for that little wasp," said Kamps, founder and owner of Kamps Pallets, a $60 million company doing business in three states with 500 employees. The EAB...


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