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Northeast Pallet Logistics: Helping others go green

May 6, 2008
By ALISSA EATON - aeaton@sungazette.com
Jeff Andrew, general manager and owner of Northeast Pallet Logistics LLC, doesn’t have to go green, because his company already is green.

The company recycles “reclaimed” lumber from wooden pallets and uses that lumber to make new wooden pallets.

“A lot of people don’t think too much about pallets, but there are over 6 billion wooden pallets circulating in our country right now,” Andrew said.

“Every time you go to Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart, all their merchandise is brought in on wooden pallets. At Sam’s Club you can see they stack everything on the pallets.”

What the company actually does is take damaged pallets to their facility at 300 Streibeigh Lane in Montoursville, reclaim lumber from the pallets and then repair the pallets.

“We can actually make custom sized pallets out of the reclaimed lumber also,” Andrew said.

The most standard size pallet is a 48 by 40, which is a Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Pallet. “We try to get the most of those because they are the most in demand,” Andrew said.

Northeast Pallet Logistics gets the pallets from all different industries, including the grocery industry and others.

“Most of ours are obtained from large companies that give us entire truck loads at a time,” Andrew said.

The company has a large machine with a blade that runs horizontally that disassemble the pallets so the company can re-claim the wood.

“It cuts right through the nails and can cut to a specific size,” Andrew said. “It takes only seconds to rip the pallets apart.”

Andrew got into the pallet business, because he used to work at Palcon, LLC in Muncy which manufactures new pallets.

“There was more and more of a request for used pallets,” Andrew said. “People were trying to get us to take away their waste rather than higher a landfill to take it away.”

He said he really just saw the opportunity and decided to do it.

Andrew said that many people are unaware of what the company does and is working to get the word out about it.

The company employs 12 people, and has really grown since it began in December 2006 with three employees.

“We are still growing because of people and the idea of wanting to help the environment,” Andrew said.

Andrew said many businesses have clauses written into their mission statements about becoming greener and helping the environment and through his business, he gives companies and opportunity to follow through with that.

Andrew gets his clients with help from his Web site, word of mouth and by going out into the community and visiting different companies to inform them what his company does.

If people don’t recycle pallets, the end up in landfills that are rapidly filling up, Andrew said. “We take every single bit of the wood and reuse it,” he said.

If there is anything left of the wood, it gets turned into mulch and used for landscaping. Even the metal from the nails is taken to a metal recycling plant. The company doesn’t only take pallets but also takes scrap wood too. “Then we also reuse the scrap wood where we need it.”

Customers can also get plastic pallets from the company. “We distribute plastic pallets also and use them until their life runs out,” Andrew said. “Once they reach the end of their life, they re-grind them and re-mold them.”

Andrew said they are shipped all over the country.

The building is located at Streibeigh lane that used to be a furniture company. Northeast Pallet Logistics LLC leases about 70,000 square feet.



Contact Information:

Northeast Pallet Logistics, LLC

300 Streibeigh Lane

Montoursville, PA 17754

Phone: 570-368-3990

Fax: 570-368-3991

Article Photos

ALISSA EATON/Sun-Gazette
Kevin VanDine, production supervisor, works to build a crate. Northeast Pallet Logistics, also creates custom-sized crates out of reclaimed lumber for customers.

 
 

 

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