Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2008by Craig
I traveled out to Washington , MO to visit with Innovative Enterprises, Inc., I know by the name what do they do. Well they have been making paper pallets for shipping and packaging for 30 years. Completely recyclable, and eliminates the use of wood. One question I forgot to ask, is if the cardboard they get made completely from post consumer waste? The glue they use is free of formaldehydes.
Well to my surprise when I got there I realized I went to high school with the owners of the company, I know so St. Louis. It was a thrill though to put it all together. The business is a family owned and operated. With Dad at the helm and the two sons working the operations and sales, they are getting it done.
The building process of the pallets was fascinating to me. They have a large warehouse with a bunch of pallet making equipment and people working the machinery in a complete rythmatic movement, quite impressive. Cardboard being folded, cut, shaped, glued, stacked and then out comes a usable packaging pallet to be shipped out for use. And it is all recyclable, very green.
I will be visiting them again real soon, so next time you are in the grocery store and pick up a bag of chips, ask yourself, hum where these shipped in on a wood pallet, or on a recyclable paper pallet. Oh by the way the pallet I stood on held 2500 lbs.